Set a warm, welcoming table with these ideas for classic style that's not overdone.
Host Darryl Carter shares his secrets for creating a stylish, but casual Thanksgiving table. He loves casual entertaining because it puts his
guests at ease.
There's no need to stay loyal to one period. Here, handmade stoneware chargers lend modern shape and pattern plus a not-so-serious
feel to antique flow blue transferware plates and ironstone bowls.
Chargers: Modern Thumbprint, through Darryl Carter, Washington, D.C.; darrylcarter.com
Blue-and-white china: antique flow blue transferware; similar items available through replacements.com
White bowls: antique ironstone; similar items available through replacements.com
Accessorize a place setting with utensils from several silver patterns. Even though the pieces may be different, they're united by the same finish. For the sake of consistency, make every setting the same combination.
Pair a tall candelabra with a small, loose flower bouquet to free up plenty of table space for serving pieces. Bonus: The varying heights allow for lots of easy conversation among guests.
Embrace the special occasion by topping simple platters with silver domed lids that make the "reveal" even more of an event. Leaving silver unpolished shows off great patina.
Embellish simple white cotton napkins with a collection of vintage silver napkin rings. Gather a collection over time at various antiques markets and estate sales. The quirkier the markings, the better.