Dramatic Thanksgiving Table Setting
Thanksgiving table settings do not have to mean the traditional palette of autumnal shades. Forget the burgundies and golds this holiday season and use these tips to create a more modern and dramatic setting for your special guests. This Thanksgiving table and the many Thanksgiving decorating ideas will certainly impress this holiday season. The best part every idea is easy to twirl up at home in a pinch without breaking the budget! This holiday centerpiece focuses on the dramatic jewel tones that are definitely not expected. The purples and fuchsias paired with the blacks and pewter add extra flair to any Thanksgiving table setting. The centerpiece is easy to recreate at home because it exemplifies that sticking with one color palette makes for flawless floral arranging. Black linens are what make the palette really pop, yet nothing is strong enough or overly bold that will cause your mother-in-law will to frown.
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.
Add Black for Big Impact
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.
Give Guests a Preview
Combine Colors and Textures
Arrange a Lush Centerpiece
Vases: Kaspar Vase in Slate Grey from The Import Collection; importcollection.com.
Choose a Charming Mascot
Repeat as Necessary
Select Something Large and Something Small
Candles: Root 12-inch Black Taper Candles, from Sample House & Candle Shop; samplehouseonline.com.
Give a Parting Gift
Candles (in black boxes): 2-ounce candle from the Signature Collection by D.L. & Co.; dlcompany.com.