I can’t remember when my affinity for dinner plates and pretty tablesettings came into play. My sweet Mama loved (and still loves) to set a pretty table, and some of my fondest memories are of me following her around as she collected dishes, flatware and various table decor from around the house to create an amazing tablesetting. I proudly follow in her footsteps. Here are this year’s Thanksgiving tablesetting inspirations with a modern mix, straight from me to you.
Mama would start setting our Thanksgiving table around a week in advance. Makes sense in all organizational terms. Tackling the most fun things first, right?! Still, setting a table early only allows for tweaks and add-ins. A little arts and crafts with some culinary design added.
Since Thanksgiving is all about food (natch), the first tablesetting is centered around the soup course. A more subdued design with neutrals and subtle pops of color, blending in a modern mix. With pasta bowls that are filling in for soup, bring it on. No one is keeping score here, it’s all about improvising. Let everyone serve themselves. If you have a soup tureen, it not only makes for a great center piece, but is utilitarian as well. I found this soup tureen deeply discounted at a cookware store sometime last February. Keep your eyes peeled for these bargains. No sense in paying top dollar when you can find these treasures off season for a deal. That makes saving and using once a year more justifiable.
Meow! I’m thinking of using this leopard upholstery fabric on an old chair that desperately needs an update, but in the meantime, I tossed it on the table for a tablecloth. A modern mix on a Thanksgiving tablesetting,
I thought – why not! The fabric includes all of the traditional Thanksgiving colors. I brought down the Meow to a gentle purrr, displaying classic gold rimmed Lenox plates and budget friendly leaf plates for the salad course.
Make your guests say WOW! With an out-of-the-norm tablecloth, create a tablesetting that is far from traditional. There are no rules. Shop the house, is what I always say. It keeps the fun in entertaining. A little of this, a little of that. Cut crystal included with discount hobby store plates. Don’t mind if I do.
Bottomline, Thanksgiving is a holiday for being grateful, and spending time with family and friends. Have fun with the tablesetting. I can only hope that these tablesetting photos will inspire you to create a showstopper of your own.