Saturday, November 5, 2011

Thanksgiving Table Toppers

Celebration of Abundance

Don’t be afraid to go overboard on your formal Thanksgiving table. Autumnal tones are reflected in the lavish floral arrangement, which is set against an antique Chinoiserie-style folding screen

Dressed for Dinner

Formal Imari China by Royal Crown Derby sets the tone for a grand occasion, but scattered miniature pumpkins, kumquats, and loosely arranged flowers keep the mood easy.

Thanksgiving Alfresco

If weather permits, set your table outdoors -- but be sure to provide shawls for cold-natured guests. Mix colors of the harvest, including the wine harvest, for a rich autumnal setting.

Colors of the Vine

Traditional elements such as pumpkins and transferware plates are mixed with rattan chargers and purple napkins to create a pleasing mix on the table.    

Keep It Simple

If simplcity better suits your style, try a naturally elegant table. A wooden table is surrounded by chairs that don't match, but are cohesive in tone.

Natural Setting

Texture is the name of the game on this table. When paired with gleaming silver, nubby fabrics such as linen or burlap are elevated in style. Glassware shimmers against the matte, stone-colored plates, and a sprig of culinary herbs makes each placesetting special.

Rethink Your Scheme

A nontraditional color scheme can still be festive. Here, deep plum-colored flowers, crystal, and linens evoke an autumn feel, and the pop of bright green (introduced in the china pattern) keeps things light.

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