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November 17, 2021
A great tablescape brings life to a theme or event, and the holidays are no different. Many family gatherings center around food, so the atmosphere where that food is served plays a big part in the experience as a whole. When I’m creating a tablescape, I like to start at the center of the table and work my way out to the individual place settings.
For this holiday tablescape, as with most tablescapes, I started with flowers. Flowers or plants of any kind are the most basic essential for a tablescape, aside from the dishware. I had just received some fresh flowers as part of a brand partnership, so I used those as opposed to a dried arrangement, which would have also been beautiful! I also love using my vintage candlestick holders with tapered candles and this was a perfect opportunity since I was going for a vintage boho vibe.
Since this tablescape was meant for Thanksgiving, I chose a rich marigold velvet table runner as my primary color. This complemented the flowers perfectly for a nice lively balance. To soften the overall tablescape, I layered two sheer table runners beneath the more statement-making velvet piece. For Christmas, I will probably only use the two lighter sheer table runners for a light and airy winter feel.
Instead of placemats (which I’m not a huge fan of!), I used some glitter gold leaves as an accent beneath the plates. I got these because I felt like they were great for both Thanksgiving and Christmas, and I actually have been using them around the house as Christmas decor as well! Finally, after adding the plates and napkins, I placed an apple on each plate to tie in the fall/Thanksgiving theme.
The last step was adding the drinkware. The gold-accented glasses are from a local vintage shop here in Atlanta, and the vintage style coupe glasses are a recent order that I just had to have. I’ve been on the hunt for some good coupe glasses and these were perfect. I had ordered another option, but when they arrived, they were much smaller than expected. These are the perfect size and I feel so elegant when I drink out of them!
I’m absolutely in love with how it all turned out and I can’t wait for my family to see it on Thanksgiving day!
How do you decorate your tablescape for the holidays?
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Photos by Ryan Carpenter.