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How to: Set a Fabulous Thanksgiving Table

Hello Fabulistas! Thanksgiving is right around the corner and I’m sure you have already started thinking about your menu… now it’s time to think about the environment you want to create for your guests. That includes how you’re going to set your table! Think about creating a tablescape. Think outside the box, and have fun creating a visual feast for your guests! Start by finding an interesting fabric. Whether it’s vintage, a flea market find, or something new from a craft or fabric store, you can make a one-of-a-kind table cloth or runner.

I recently found this vintage velvet ikat in a bright magenta color, to start my Thanksgiving tablescape… It just happened to be the perfect width for a runner!


I often use a runner on top of a tablecloth, but this Thanksgiving, I decided to do something different. I found these hand-carved wooden placemats at a trade show not knowing when or how I would use them. They happen to be a perfect balance with my ikat runner, so now the table starts to take on a life of its own!


I love layering, whether I’m decorating a room or a holiday table. That means accessorizing! The most important thing to remember when creating anything fabulous is to have FUN with it! Start with what you already have at home, and always be on the lookout for new finds throughout the year. Mix and match your plates, napkins, glassware, and silverware. Each place setting can be different from one another as long as the table looks cohesive. This is where you can let your personality shine! Layer colors, textures, and materials. Here I started with a decorative white plate which created the perfect base to add my smaller green depression glass plates.

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Napkins are always a way to spice up a festive table… and napkin rings are a great opportunity to let your creative juices roam free! I found these incredible Southeast Asian “finds” and repurposed them, which makes for a great conversation starter. They add just the right amount of ethnic glam to help tie back into my vintage ikat table runner.


For the finishing touch, complete your table with a lush centerpiece. For my Thanksgiving table, I want to invoke the feeling of a bountiful harvest so I use natural elements, like branches and fruit, and vegetables, and I layer them all together to create a sprawling centerpiece! My secret is that I use fabulous faux-foliage from any local craft store combined with the natural finds, this way I can reuse the various elements from year to year, and no one will ever know the difference!



The best part of entertaining is to bring your personality to the table and give your guests a visual experience that they’ll never forget. Think about what you love, what you already own, and interesting ways to put it all together… and remember to have fun while you’re doing it! For more ideas on creating a fabulous tablescape… check out http://godesigngo.com/series/tips-from-the-trade/tip-tuesday-the-secret-behind-creative-tablescapes/.

Happy Thanksgiving and stay fabulous!

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