With Thanksgiving approaching, I wanted to challenge myself by using only what we already own in the house to create a Thanksgiving tablescape/place setting for small spaces. I also recommend serving dinner buffet style to cut down on space. Here is my list of essentials to set your table to create a warm and welcoming setting:
1. Create a Color Story / Palette
Let’s say you have gold/bronze flatware. Including these warm tones vs. silver instantly give a welcoming feel and can tie together the rest of your table elements. If you have an orange table runner, think about what neutral elements you can incorporate to allow that runner to stand out.
2. Coordinating Napkin Rings
Don’t be afraid to mix metals like my silver and gold napkin rings! You can also utilize greenery and wood to coordinate.
3. Linen Napkins
Bring in color if needed, but I usually keep my napkins simple to allow the table to be the visual focus.
4. Wood Serving Bowls
One can never have enough wood serving bowls. From salad, to chips and general appetizers – they are so versatile.
5. Festive and/or Coordinating Table Runner
I lean towards a simple runner, but utilizing plaid for example can instantly dress up your tablescape.
6. Place Cards
Place cards are a great way to make your guests feel special and in some instances help one another get to know each other!
7. Incorporate Natural Elements
Incorporate faux or real greenery stems, berries, pumpkins and gourds to create an effortless look.
8. Set Out the Right Dishware
Gold rim dishware is so stunning and is another easy way to tie together the festive elements! Include water glasses and wine glasses at the minimum.
Incorporating charger plates (ours are tucked away for Christmas, stay tuned) and appetizer plates are an effortless way to dress up the table and serve up different courses throughout the evening.
Don’t be afraid to utilize plastic! It reduces clean up and storage in your small space.
9. Small Ambient Touches
Candle holders instantly elevate the look of your table by providing height. Incorporating votives (if you have the space) can add additional intimacy and warmth.
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