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6 Tips to Create a Gorgeous (and Easy) Thanksgiving Table

NOVEMBER 14, 2015

The countdown has begun — Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away! Don’t get us wrong we’re looking forward to turkey, football and time with loved ones, but what's really getting us in the holiday spirit is sharing around some of our favorite fashionable table settings. Pulling together a stylish fall centerpiece can be challenging. Your table should be inviting but, maintain a certain wow-factor without overwhelming your family & friends. 


It's a fine balance, and who better to help you create a stunning Thanksgiving table then our talented interior designers.  We've asked our designers for 6 seriously noteworthy tips you'll be thankful for this holiday. 


1. Accessorize with pumpkins and gourds.

A classic decorating trend during the fall months that never goes out of style.


Holiday Decor

Photo:  onecharmingparty.com


Before Sarah Coombs joined the Decorist team as an Elite designer she worked on the Today Show. While at the Today Show, Sarah and her co-workers referred to the weeks between Halloween and Thanksgiving as the “Time of the Gourd” since every cooking segment was styled with this seasonal vegetable. It’s easy to see why this classic décor is timeless. To start they’re affordable they won’t wilt before you serve the entrée. As Sarah points out, they come in a variety of shapes and colors too. 


Helpful tip: Try creating a vase out of a large gourd. 


Succulent Table Settings



2. Switch up your traditional color palette.

We love warm caramel hues and rich oranges during this festive time.  However, Gabriela Eisenhart, Classic designer, steps away from this traditional palette. Pick up white pumpkins and paint some black or gold. Combine the gold, black and white pumpkins to your table for a visually striking display. It’s a fresh and modern touch to your fall color swatch. 


Photo: Stylemepretty.com


Black and Metallic Centerpiece

Photo: Sarahshermansamuel.com


3. Embrace rustic beauty.  

Caitlin Jones', Elite designer, warms up her table with rustic elements giving her table natural and authentic look. Add burlap over linen table cloth then accessorize with fruits and vegetables. Caitlin emphasizes that your table doesn’t need to be perfectly staged, instead leave it to the natural beauty of the season. 


Photo: Hen House Linens/TheRoost


Elite designer, Abbe Fenimore, creates a rustic look by incorporating multiple patterns and textures. She uses wood chargers and mixes in white tulips, hydrangeas and doesn't shy aways from a gold leafed antler to dress up her table. 


4. Add an exotic element.

Katja O’Brien, a Classic designer, transforms her table by adding peacock feathers to her arrangement. Make sure not to go over board with this exotic flare, keep it subtle by adding a neutral foundation like a burlap or linen table cloth. Katja then draws from the peacock feather's rich green, gold, blue and sepia to create a gorgeous display. 


Photo: Theknot.com


5. Keep your centerpiece simple. 

It's easy to over do it when decorating, our Classic designer, Jenny Sanchez reminds us that simplicity is always elegant. Add candles to set an ambiance for your guests. Don't go too extravegant with your flower arrangement. Keep your bouquets low that way you won't block cross table conversations.


Photo: jessicagordonryan.com


Photo: Stylemepretty.com


6. Layer, layer, layer.

Grace De La Rue, Classic designer, starts with a neutral color table runner then layers in natural elements like branches, pumpkins and gourds. Use different sizes and shapes then try incorporating deep red cranberries for an extra touch. 


Photo: glamour.com


Photo: notey.com


Classic designer, Melissa Schenck, also plays with layering to create a charming table. Melissa suggest using cake pedestals with different heights to help build and stage your décor. 


Photo: dreamywhitesonline.com


No matter which trend you choose to follow remember to enjoy the creative process and add in elements to make the design your own. 





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