Thanksgiving is about taking time to reflect, give thanks and savor the moment. It is about food, family and friends. Every family has different traditions, special dishes and unique ways to celebrate, but when the food is served we all sit down at the table to spend time with the people that we love.
One of our favorite parts of Thanksgiving is setting the table. A beautifully set table creates ambiance and contributes to the mood of the meal. Whether your style is traditional or modern, formal or casual, a few well chosen details can make a big impact on your table and your guests. This year we collaborated with a few of our favorite stylish women to give you ideas and inspiration for your Thanksgiving table. All of these women have very distinct styles and their table decor reflects their personality and aesthetic.
Chelsea Shukov and Jamie Grobecker, Sugar Paper
Chelsea and Jamie have made social stationery an art form. Sugar Paper is renowned for its elegant, understated and timeless design, so it no surprise that the Thanksgiving table they set was beautiful and simple. We love the light and airy table decor of pale pink flowers, eucalyptus and mini pumpkins combined with striped napkins and gold table accents. On each place setting is a small white box with Give Thanks printed in gold. In each box is a set of questions designed to promote connection and conversation at the table. Sugar Paper created their Thanksgiving Project cards to foster a more mindful celebration of reflection and gratitude at the table, done in the classically stylish Sugar Paper way.
Leslie Hunt Johnson, LLH Interiors
Leslie Hunt spends her days designing interiors of homes and restaurants, but she is also a masterful dinner party host. As a Los Angeles native, Leslie often entertains outside in her charming outdoor space. For Leslie’s Thanksgiving table, we combined her clean white and green china with burlap, succulents and mini white pumpkins to reflect her laid back, Southern California style. The scalloped napkins were passed down to Leslie from her grandmother and are the perfect compliment to her rustic chic Thanksgiving table. Incorporating family heirlooms into holiday celebrations is such a special way to honor your family’s traditions and history.
Maire Byrne, Thyme Cafe and Market / Local Kitchen & Wine Bar
Maire Byrne knows her way around a kitchen! As the owner of Thyme Cafe and Market and Local Kitchen & Wine Bar, Maire brings people together to share beautiful food daily, but on Thanksgiving you will find her in mother’s kitchen preparing dinner with her large extended family. For Maire’s table we paired her traditional gold china with white linens, bittersweet berries and velvet pumpkins from her cafè.
You can make any table inviting and festive with just a few well placed accents. By arranging napkins in unexpected ways, adding handwritten place cards, and placing a few colorful objects or flowers on the table you can create a table that will make a statement. Even if you don’t have access to freshly cut flowers or the latest decor, creating a lovely tablescape for Thanksgiving can be as easy as re-using pumpkins from Halloween or adding a few branches and foliage from a walk outside. The key is to have fun with it and think outside the box!
Hallman + Ashley