Thanksgiving Mixing Old and New

The two things I love most about Thanksgiving, besides being with family and friends, is setting the table before the guest arrive and of course pumpkin pie. I decided to experiment with a few simple place setting ideas and took photos of my three favorites to share.

Mixing styles old and new

Mixing styles old and new

Mixing old and new styles is not as hard as you might think.  On the dinning table the white Pottery Barn dinner plates are used as chargers to set off the brightly colored border of my grandmother’s Limoges china. The simple combination is casual and elegant at the same time.  Continuing with the old and new concept, is a standard red wine glass standing next to an elegant crystal water goblet. The crystal was my mothers and I’m sure she would approve of them being used for white wine glasses. The final touch in mixing styles, was placing elk handle knives along-side the family silver. The handsomely grounded table should lead to many good stories, sentimental toasts and satisfied appetites.

Your guest will know how special they are, when they walk in to see a beautiful table and will appreciate the careful time spent in its preparation.

Terra-cotta pot with deer moss and a fat little acorn.

Terra-cotta pot with deer moss and a fat little acorn.

The first setting, I used terra-cotta pots filled with deer moss, topped off with fat little acorns. To anchor the look, I arranged two fall oak leaves on each plate.

Fall leaves anchor the display

Fall leaves anchor the display

 

White Pottery Barn dinner plate and Limoges china.

White Pottery Barn dinner plate and Limoges china.

The second setting, I used pumpkin candles with green oak leaves on top of cloth napkins. The napkins are also from Pottery Barn.

Pumpkin candle with green oak leaf placed on the napkin

Pumpkin candle with green oak leaf placed on the napkin

 

Placing the napkin on the dinner plate is a more casual approach.

Placing the napkin on the dinner plate is a more casual approach.

 

Pumpkin Candle

Pumpkin Candle

 

The pumpkin candle bring out the orange in the Limoges china.

The pumpkin candle brings out the orange in the Limoges china.

The third setting, I used wooden napkin rings cut in the shape of oak leaves and painted with chalk paint.  It is a nice way to personalize the table with names of family and friends.  I decided to keep the pumpkins on the place setting and moved them over to the bread plate.

Wooden oak leaf napkin ring

Wooden oak leaf napkin ring

 

Personalize napkin ring

Personalize napkin ring

 

Potter Barn napkins

Potter Barn napkins

 

Chalk paint napkin ring

Chalk paint napkin ring

 

Thanksgiving table setting ideas.

Thanksgiving table setting ideas.

Try to use things that you already have on hand.  Use your imagination and be creative. Sometimes the most simple displays have the most impact.

Cheers!

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