Set the stage for your festive gathering with ideas from Dallas’ Todd Fiscus.
[BLANK_AUDIO] [MUSIC] Hi, I'm Jennifer Kopf, Home Editor at Southern Living. Make your Thanksgiving feast more memorable by creating a fresh look for your holiday table. Here's how one of the South's most talented event designers sets the stage for the festive gathering. Todd Fiscus, a fixture on the Dallas event scene, nods to tradition, but gives his tablescape a kick with rich colors and adorable extras. His unexpected black and lavender color scheme adds drama to the holiday table. [MUSIC] To get this look, start with a black placemat, napkin and charger. Then lighten the look with a white dinner plate. [MUSIC] For a more traditional Thanksgiving palette, try linens in chocolate brown. Elegant letterpress menu cards add a nice finishing touch to the place setting, and tell guests what yummy dishes are coming. They're also great mementos for everyone to take home. Purple Begonia leaves add a simple flourish, and help tie the colors together. Pewter leaves add interest around the table. Use a mix of French lavender, chive blossoms, hyacinths, roses and Begonia leaves to create a bouquet in varying shades of purple and pink. If you're nervous about arranging an elaborate bouquet, find an assortment of vessels that look good holding one flower each, and then cluster them together. Provide a bit of whimsy to your gathering with an adorable critter. Pewter place card holders paired with letterpress cards pay homage to the humble squirrel. [MUSIC] Rectangular tables scream for repetition. Four arrangements in two dramatic silver antler candleabras complete this look. [MUSIC] The best looking tables mix up scale. Choose something big for dramatic impact, and finish with something small, such as little votives. Success is in the details. [MUSIC] Send each guest home with a token of your gratitude. Treat guests to scented candles in beribboned black boxes. The fun squirrel card reminds guests of the mascot and the wonderful meal they shared. Find more inspiration for your holiday table in Southern Living magazine, and on southernliving.com.