Thanksgiving is next week. Hooray! I've mentioned this before, but it's long been one of my favorite holidays – the unpretentious kickoff to a months-long season of festivity. And while we aren't hosting this year, I saw no reason not to create a table fit for a feast (even if it is just for fun).
I've been doing some light soul-searching lately, thinking about content creation and ultimately my motivation for blogging. It's easy to get swept up in the cycle of ceaselessly producing and churning out design content, making the shelf life on new ideas pretty short and even devaluing creativity by feeding into an ugly consumeristic approach. I don't want to do that. Very simply, I just want to provide inspiration like so many of the blogs I began reading over a decade ago offered me – creative and clever, often budget-conscious ideas for a well-designed life.
Never about outright copying or "getting the look," just good old-fashioned inspiration.
That's a lengthy way of saying this Thanksgiving table setting probably isn't something you'll be able to identically recreate (unless you, too, have a vintage Bavarian tea set your Mom brought back after living in Germany in the 70s!). Instead, and more importantly, I hope it can be a jumping off point, inspiring you to create a vision all your own!
Speaking of inspiration, mine came from this vibrant orangey/red plaid fabric. I was wandering the aisles at Joann's not really looking for anything in particular. This flashy plaid caught my eye, and, though it isn't a traditional fall color scheme, instantly brought the warmth and comfort I associate with Thanksgiving to mind. I picked up a yard and a half and draped it right on top of an ivory lace tablecloth I already had on hand. No hemming. No sewing.
I instantly knew the aforementioned tea set with its charming German folk art motif would be perfect with it! My Mom gave it to me several years ago as I was moving into my first grown-up apartment, and it's always been very special to me. Sadly, though I've treasured it, I haven't encountered many opportunities where a set of tiny cups and saucers with matching cream and sugar servers, a teapot, and dessert plates seemed particularly fitting. So I did the next best thing a full-blooded American who prefers to drink her hot beverages out of mugs the size of cereal bowls would do, used the teapot as a vase, incorporating the dessert plates into the mealtime mix.
Set atop simple white dinner plates from Target and the dotted plates we've had since our wedding, the floral detail is so charming! Polkadot cloth napkins in a muted green, found at HomeGoods a few years back, add another layer of depth and pattern.
Round tables don't offer a ton of extra surface space, so I try to keep decor to a minimum. A casual arrangement of greens and another pop of that orangey/red via a few bunches of Hypericum Berries create an understated centerpiece. Then I just added a few candles in varying vintage candle holders for some ambiance.
It's a simple effect, but each element unites to create a homey, yet still energetic arrangement perfect for sharing a Thanksgiving meal!
May your upcoming work week be swift and your feasting, communing, and relaxing, rich and drawn-out in all the best ways.