Set a warm, welcoming table with these ideas for classic style that's not overdone.
For a classic Thanksgiving table that’s not overdone, set a warm, welcoming table with these ideas from Darryl Carter, owner of Darryl Carter furniture boutique in Washington, DC. Don’t get caught up in sticking to one decorative time period – pair sharp modern pieces with traditional antique table decorations for a Thanksgiving spread that is both stylish and casual. Looking for a new way to spruce up your table decorations for Thanksgiving? Mix and match different utensils for an intriguing place setting. Instead of crowding your table with imposing, overbearing flower arrangements, opt for small, loose flower bunches for a modest, yet beautiful, Thanksgiving centerpiece. Mismatched napkin rings and a fully stocked sideboard complete this table decoration for Thanksgiving. Plate your casual Thanksgiving meal under silver domed lids – and don’t shy away from unpolished finishes, which add a rustic, casual touch to the special occasion. Guests will feel warm and welcomed at this Thanksgiving table.
A Relaxed, Never Stuffy, Meal
Host Darryl Carter shares his secrets for creating a stylish, but casual Thanksgiving table. He loves casual entertaining because it puts his guests at ease.
Wall paint: Dunmore Yellow (DC-44) from the Darryl Carter’s Colors collection by Benjamin Moore; benjaminmoore.com
There's no need to stay loyal to one period. Here, handmade stoneware chargers lend modern shape and pattern plus a not-so-serious feel to antique flow blue transferware plates and ironstone bowls.
Chargers: Modern Thumbprint, through Darryl Carter, Washington, D.C.; darrylcarter.com
Blue-and-white china: antique flow blue transferware; similar items available through replacements.com
White bowls: antique ironstone; similar items available through replacements.com
Combine Silver Patterns
Accessorize a place setting with utensils from several silver patterns. Even though the pieces may be different, they're united by the same finish. For the sake of consistency, make every setting the same combination.
Pair a tall candelabra with a small, loose flower bouquet to free up plenty of table space for serving pieces. Bonus: The varying heights allow for lots of easy conversation among guests.
Serve in Style
Embrace the special occasion by topping simple platters with silver domed lids that make the "reveal" even more of an event. Leaving silver unpolished shows off great patina.
Add Bling with Rings
Embellish simple white cotton napkins with a collection of vintage silver napkin rings. Gather a collection over time at various antiques markets and estate sales. The quirkier the markings, the better.
Stock the Sideboard
Outfitted with 28 drawers, a black-painted apothecary cabinet can store all of these serving pieces, linen tablecloths and napkins, and candles right where they are needed.