Lovely Luminaries. Set the right tone and create a warm ambiance at your fall table with votives, tea lights and LED candles encased in candleholders and hurricanes of different textures and sizes. You don’t have to do very much at the table when the scene is illuminated in all the right angles and ways. When guests see lit candles upon arrival, they know they’re in for a special treat.
Ample Abundance. This holiday is all about bounty, and it’s one of the few times in the year where it’s OK to lay almost everything you’re grateful for out on the table. Fill woven baskets with fruits, vegetables and other edibles, and create a tablescape overflowing with symbols of life’s blessings.
Craft Appeal. From chalkboard menus to freestanding succulents and plate stacks to freshly-cut garden flowers, there’s nothing that puts guests at ease quite like handmade and made-with-love decor. Balance out your Thanksgiving centerpiece with items that mean something to you and your guests: whether it’s a handwritten menu or cocktails concocted right in your kitchen or at-home bar, they’re going to love all the thought you’ve put into making the big feast a memorable gathering.
Mix and Match. Thanksgiving is a time to go all-out when it comes to tabletop settings, and one of the ways you can think outside the box is to mix and match your dinnerware and chargers! (Who says baroque details can’t coexist beautifully with the clean, organic shapes of all white dinnerware?) Go ahead and unbox your heirloom plates—they’re going to look great when mixed in with your new dinnerware set and will add a festive note and meaning to the celebration.