For this year’s Thanksgiving setting, Tara looked to a family china pattern for inspiration. The result is a pretty color
palette of Champagne and gold with subtle touches of pink. Linens establish the palette, which is carried out all the way
to the pale pink taper candles. Throughout, she combines old with new, traditional with modern, and heirloom with inexpensive.
“Mixing old and new creates personality,” says Tara. “It wouldn’t look fabulous with all of one or the other.”
Tara paired her traditional family china with modern gold-rimmed glass chargers she rented for just $1 apiece.
Chargers: Glass Gold Rim Hammered Charger; snydereventrentals.com.
China: discontinued; for similar items, search for “pink rim china” at replacements.com.
To accommodate a large guest list, Tara topped her dining table with a 4- by 8-foot piece of felt-wrapped plywood and brought in a bench for seating.
The Champagne-colored cotton velvet tablecloth adds a luxurious feel. “If I have even a little budget, I spend it on the linens,”
Tablecloth and napkins: custom; taraguerardsoiree.com.
Silver tumblers and flatware: antique; for similar items, try Village Green Antique Mall, Hendersonville, NC; 828/692-9057.
Stemware: by tag (tagltd.com); available from GDC Home, Charleston, SC; 843/571-5142.
Wrap a small picnic table in burlap, and outline with satin ribbon for a holiday-worthy kids’ table. Keep things simple, but
add playful extras. “These little woodland animals look cute and—even better—keep the kids occupied, even if only for five
minutes longer,” says Tara.
White bowl: Bloomfield’s of Flat Rock; bloomfields.com.
Rug: Flokati Wool Rug in Ivory; worldmarket.com.
Pink burlap, gold ribbon, and gold cord: available from Foam & Fabric Outlet, Fletcher, NC; 828/684-0801.
Animals: by Roost (roostco.com); available through vieuxtemps.net.
Copper bowls: Copper Collection; simonpearce.com.
A coat of metallic gold spray paint upgrades a grouping of glass candlesticks (thrift store finds!) and heaps of large North
Candleholder paint: General Purpose Metallic Spray Paint in Gold Metallic by Krylon (krylon.com); michaels.com.
Apple paint: Metallic Gold Decorative Spray Paint by Valspar (valsparpaint.com), available at Lowe’s stores; lowes.com.
Instead of throwaway paper place cards, etched glasses announce the seating arrangement. Start with simple tumblers, and have
them etched at a trophy shop for around $2 each. (Tara’s tumblers came from CB2 and cost just $2 apiece.) The personalized
glasses can be used for holiday gatherings year after year.
Glasses: Marta Double Old-Fashioned; cb2.com.
Glass etching: ABC Trophies, Inc., Summerville, SC; abctrophies.com.
Dinner plates: Pompadour in Gold/White by Royal Worcester, discontinued but available through replacements.com.
Create a simplified version of the adult table for teenage guests by using many of the same elements in a different arrangement.
They’ll appreciate not being put at the little kids’ table. The flirty tablecloth upgrades a card table and mimics the velvet-and-silk
version on the main table. To give dining chairs a quick makeover, tightly wrap cushions with extra tablecloth fabric, and
secure using a staple gun. “I’m a pro at acting like an upholsterer!” says Tara. (She chose a poly-cotton blend, which has
the look of silk dupioni but not the price.) Serving sparkling cider in festive flutes adds to the grown-up feel.
Positioned under an arrangement of family photos, a freestanding Champagne-and-cocktails bar is easily accessible and makes
a fun gathering spot for generational reminiscing.
Tray table: Driftwood Tree Tray and Stand; notremonde.com.
Carafes and decanters: Claudia, Fern, and Rachel by William Yeoward Crystal (williamyeowardcrystal.com); available through vieuxtemps.net.
Flutes, Champagne cooler, and pink glass bowl: available through vieuxtemps.net.