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