Rustic Luxe Tablescapes -Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving traditions are a meaningful part of our culture, and the anticipation of enjoying the classic foods of turkey, homemade stuffing and pumpkin pie is eagerly anticipated in my house. Breaking from tradition on the styling of the setting for the meal is what I like to do, and with the arrival of the holiday entertaining season, it is a perfect opportunity to get creative with the tablescape you set.The table is where everyone gathers on Thanksgiving Day to share good food and good conversation with friends and family. A time to linger, recapture the memorable moments you’ve shared, and to savor the time with your guests.
For this special day a pretty table is expected, so this year try something different! Try using some untraditional combinations for your décor, and mix and match pieces that often aren’t used together. Living in Montana means we have access to some lovely natural materials and blending natural elements with crystal, silver and fine china is a pleasing contrast.
In setting your unique table, start with your table covering. Try an antique or vintage cream or white linen or lace tablecloth. Perhaps you have one that has been in your family, which makes it even more special, and lovely to use, even if it isn’t in perfect condition. Next, layer a narrow runner of burlap in a burnt orange or deep chocolate color down the center to create a foundation for your décor. This works even if your table is round or oval, and adds scrumptious seasonal color. Then bring out the silver or crystal platter, and layer a bowl or pedestal on top of it, using varying heights to create dimension. Now add some rusticity by layering small antlers, mini gourds, leaves (faux or real), moss, pinecones and even walnuts scattered on the runner. It doesn’t have to be perfect, just pleasing! Now for the luxury and a bit of bling, add single crystals from an old chandelier nestled in with the leaves and bits of moss. Put them in the bowls and on the pedestal with the natural elements. You can even add several silver, cut glass or crystal candle stands, small silver bowls and any other small silver pieces you have, nesting them in amongst the antlers and leaves. Combining rustic natural elements with these luxury pieces softens the formality of the table and creates a causal elegance.
Place card settings are always a welcome touch to your special dinner, and again, blending fun with formal is a way to show your creativity. A wide ribbon tied over the back of your chair, with your guests’ name written on a simple brass tag attached to it is elegant yet simple. Or try writing their name in gold pen on a vintage playing card tucked into a small disk of wood as a base. Simple and unexpected! And for even more rusticity, try using a slab of aspen as your plate charger, which ties the table together and gives it balance. I like to set the table a day or so ahead of the holiday, as it gives time to play with the details, and you can then focus on the food and guests!
I invite you into my shop to see the traditional, fun and unique items we have that can add to the beauty of your holiday tables. Chat with any of us and we will be happy to share inspiration and ideas with you. We welcome you to bring in your favorite pieces and we’ll show you how to use them in fresh ways, combining elegance with the rustic beauty of nature. Our passion is creating, styling and sharing ideas with you to create memorable displays, and we always look forward to seeing you!
Blessings to you from all of us at The Shops at Station 8.
All the Best,
Colette, Shop Girl