Give your Thanksgiving table flashy, stylish flair with this layered décor that embodies New Orleans style and culture. Melissa Rufty, owner of Melissa Rufty Design Studio, shares her secrets for getting a stylish, ornate Thanksgiving table setting. To create your own grandiose table décor in true New Orleans style, go big – mix patterns, colors, and textures. Stack monochromatic dinnerware in a mixture of textures for a dazzling gilded effect, and top with Thanksgiving place cards made from vibrant lace doilies. Tuck handwritten place card labels in the folds for a personalized touch. Emanate New Orleans's tropical climate by dressing an antique centerpiece in fresh, colorful flowers and succulents, upgrading the show-stopping centerpiece with diverse layers of color and textures. Saturate your colorful, lively Thanksgiving table with a variety of colored and clear glasses, and encourage guests to write down their blessings by displaying customized pouches for handwritten notes. In traditional New Orleans style, don't forget the sweet pralines and decadent bananas foster – and, of course, the cocktails!
Hostess Melissa Rufty shares her secrets for setting a stylish and festive holiday table. Start off by never being afraid to mix your patterns.
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