I love styling Thanksgiving tables, especially in colors that delight and surprise my guests. For an event at my friend Phoebe Howard’s store in Charlotte, I updated traditional brown transferware plates with bright pink runners made from inexpensive fabric from Jo-Ann’s. For our first Thanksgiving table at our old farmhouse in upstate New York, I paired a purple tartan blanket from the Goodwill with antique lusterware plates I found at a flea market. A year later, I used Imari porcleain plates on a geometric linen from Quadrille and even dyed antique monogrammed napkins to match! Like most of my work, this year’s table for Design*Sponge mixes high and low, new and old in a vibrant color palette, combining traditional golds with a brilliant blue inspired by an antique rug-turned-table-covering I picked up at Brimfield. For a fresh, more modern take on a traditional harvest centerpiece, I filled a woven cornucopia with fall fruits, chestnuts and gilded leaves. I scored the hammered brass chargers at the Southampton Hospital Thrift Shop last summer ($20 for 10!), while the Paris Porcelain china I found at an estate liquidator in Brimfield. As soon as I saw that matte peach band, accented with rust and gold, I couldn’t wait for Thanksgiving!
For the place cards, I took old bookbinding paper with a pretty marbleized pattern from Argosy Books, cut out two pieces to size, glued them back to back, and then adhered a smaller place card from Caspari. Chestnuts with tiny slits cut with a razor blade hold the cards perfectly in place. Just make sure the chestnuts are nice and flat on the bottom, so they stand up straight.
The stemware is hand-blown from the 20s with gilded edges in near-perfect condition. I paid $60 for a set of 24 at the same thrift shop in Southampton where I found the chargers. The carafe is from the 70s with a great, modern shape and a stylish cork stopper. I found it at the Goodwill for a buck.
The candlesticks are by Andrea Sadek, probably from the 80s, while the sawtooth salt cellars are Irish crystal from the 30s.
The napkins are made from my friend Steve McKenzie’s beautiful new line of fabrics in his signature orange colorway, while the flatware is a mix of gold bamboo and bone with a gorgeous, old scrimshaw monogram.
The buffet, too, mixes new and old serving pieces from disparate time periods atop a rug-turn-table-covering from Brimfield.
Thanksigiving is my favorite holiday of the year, and now that my table is set, I’m ready to entertain in style!
Enjoy the holiday everyone, and thank you, as always, for your readership, your loyalty and, above all, your friendship. Happy Thanksgiving!