Dramatic Thanksgiving Table Setting
Todd Fiscus, a fixture on the Dallas event scene, nods to tradition but gives it a kick with a rich color scheme and adorable extra guests. “I found squirrel place card holders—I love them—and it snowballed from there,” Todd says.
He chose a black-and-lavender color scheme to give his Thanksgiving table more drama. No matter the food or style of the event, Todd swears by printed menu cards and place cards to dress up any occasion. But his number one holiday tip: Stress less about the details, and put more energy into the people. “Thanksgiving is about the people you love, not what you eat. Serve whatever you’re great at preparing—be it pizza or turkey. Just do it with love, and everybody will enjoy it!”
Table: antique from Joseph Minton; josephminton.com.
Side chairs: Louis Ghost Chairs in black by Kartell, available through All Modern; allmodern.com.
Chandelier: antique from Ann Koerner Antiques, annkoerner.com or 504/899-2664 for more information.
Glass chargers: For a similar look, try Gold Rimmed Charger Plate from JAF GIFTS; jafgifts.com.
Linens: Pintuck Solid place mats and napkins in black by Pier 1 Imports; pier1imports.com.
China: Formal Affair by Lauren by Ralph Lauren, available through Macy’s; macys.com.
Knives, candelabras, and squirrel and acorn place card holders: by Vagabond House; vagabondhouse.com.
Place cards and menu cards: Missing Q Press; missingqpress.com or 214/673-8857.
Vases: Kaspar Vase in Slate Grey from The Import Collection; importcollection.com.
Candles: Root 12-inch Black Taper Candles, from Sample House & Candle Shop; samplehouseonline.com.
Candles (in black boxes): 2-ounce candle from the Signature Collection by D.L. & Co.; dlcompany.com.