Recreate this look for your table with a complete list of sources.
Meet Maria Cooke of Ritzy Bee Events in Washington, D.C. She’s done parties big and small, but for her inviting holiday table,
she mixes humble cotton, linen, and twine with some simple ideas for a surprisingly elegant look. “I really love the aesthetic
that using something organic can bring to the table—literally,” Maria says. “I always want the table and the experience a
guest has to reflect my personal style.” That means incorporating both modern and vintage touches with attention to detail.
She selects a soothing color palette and carries it through. Maria says setting the table the night before is a must. “The
focus of Thanksgiving should be on the food preparation and spending time with your guests.”
Table: Custom farm table by Phil Crisman; 540/933-6833.
Chairs: Crate & Barrel; crateandbarrel.com.
Chair: Chocolate zebra-striped chair from The Design Group; jannielsen.com or 770/830-6097.
A graphic white dinner plate looks just right paired with embellished heirloom silver. The menu card is actually fabric. Maria
cut pieces of thin linen and ran them through an inkjet printer for menu cards. Do this a day or more ahead of time to allow
the ink to dry properly.
Paper goods: by SIMPLESONG Design; simplesongdesign.com.
Plates: Paper Pretender stoneware plates from Anthropologie; anthropologie.com.
Create a centerpiece with a twist by using cotton bolls instead of flowers. Add fig and bay branches (or evergreens from your
yard) to give your arrangement a touch of green. Cotton bolls can be displayed outside of water for months if they’re not
handled too much.
Arrangements: by Sidra Forman Flowers; sidraforman.com.
Simple boxes with letterpress cutlery on the lids allow guests to take home leftovers or sweet treats. Tie them with long strips of linen (cut using pinking shears), and finish with a cute tag that reads “I’m thankful for leftovers.
Maria chose a letterpress cutlery motif as her theme. For the place cards, she simply folded over the card stock and wrote each guest’s name in an elegant hand.
Create a help-yourself bar on a side table. Stack wooden crates to display glassware and ingredients for featured drinks.
List seasonal specialty drinks on a simple card held in a place card holder.
Champagne flutes: NapaStyle; napastyle.com.
Mini cake pedestal: Target; target.com.
Twig pencils: also from Anthropologie.
Italian wedding document wall prints and scale: vintage from Scott Antique Markets; scottantiquemarket.com.
Bar: Console table by IKEA; ikea.com.
Glassware: also from Crate & Barrel.
Cover a small table with butcher paper. Draw a circle where each plate will go. Write a “to-do” list next to each spot, and
provide crayons or colored pencils so pint-size diners can mark off items as they eat.
Kid’s table: also from IKEA.
Confetti fabric flower pins on menu: EmersonMade; emersonmade.com.
Wooden flatware: Paper + Cup Design; papercupdesign.com.
Plastic wishbones: Something’s Hiding in Here; etsy.com/shop/somethingshidinghere.
Glasses: Red Barn Mercantile; redbarnmercantile.com.
Provide cards for guests to write their own lists of things they are grateful for. Share, start a conversation, and have fun with it.