Sure, dressing a turkey is important on Thanksgiving. But dressing the table is how we like to shine! This year, we took one feast table across the finish line with the end-all of Thanksgiving tablescapes. Using heritage dinnerware, a carefully selected color palette, and symbols of the harvest season, we set a scene that embodies the opulence and abundance of fall—with a twist. Read on for our 3-step creative process and find inspiration for your own over-the-top beautiful table.
Step 1. Select A Dinnerware Pattern
For a meal as meaningful as your family’s Thanksgiving feast, a heritage dinnerware pattern (perhaps one you inherited) is like setting your table with memories. Our obvious choice is Autumn. With its traditional cornucopia motif first introduced in 1918, this long-loved collection, now back in stock for a new generation of enjoyment, symbolizes abundance. And though over a century old, it’s a refreshing choice for fall thanks to its crisp blue and white colors.
Step 2. Stick To A Palette
It’s time to accessorize. To play up Autumn’s namesake seasonality, we crafted a color palette to enhance the dinnerware’s fire. An orange plaid table runner, pumpkin-colored candlesticks, and rust ribbon accents emphasize the orange enamel dots within the design, while midnight linens add drama and depth to its blues. Because a celebration calls for glamour, Vintage Jewel Gold flatware and antique brass candlesticks pick up the 24-karat gold accents on each plate. Then to bring balance and make the patterns pop, we opted for a neutral linen tablecloth and clear, elegant glassware for water and wine.
Step 3. Make A Seasonal Statement
The finishing touch is really your table’s defining feature: a seasonal centerpiece. For our table, we chose foliage and gourds that match the dinnerware in theme and color yet delight the eye with their unconventionality: ghost pumpkins and fruiting pepper plants. We love where this took the finished table—to a place that’s ageless yet unexpected; it’s a feast for the eyes.