Tried & True Thanksgiving Table Setting
The Place Setting
Incorporate family pieces into your setting for a sentimental mix. James tops a contemporary blue-and-white toile pattern with Mimi's vintage transferware turkey plates and then adds a mismatched setting of his aunt's silver and new mother-of-pearl flatware.
Fill various shapes and sizes of blue-and-white vessels, such as pitchers and ginger jars, with abundant bouquets of garden flowers, and then stagger them down the table. "A centerpiece doesn't have to be just one piece in the center," says James. Create various heights by flipping over jar lids and using them for flowers and setting pomegranates directly on the table.
The Place Cards
Bundle several thin twigs, such as curly willow, hypericum berries, and a sprig of seeded eucalyptus. Wrap everything with twine, and add a handwritten tag.
Get the Look
Venise Collection Brussels Dinner Napkin in Easy Care White, by Matouk, $135/four; shopgramercy.com
Get the Menu: Tried & True Thanksgiving Menu
Celebrate Thanksgiving with James' traditional, down-home menu.
Meet James Farmer
James is an Editor-at-Large at Southern Living. His most recent book is A Time to Cook: Dishes from My Southern Sideboard.