Give your table a New Orleans feel by creating a layered look.
Give your Thanksgiving table flashy, stylish flair with this layered décor that embodies New Orleans style and culture. Melissa Rufty, owner of Melissa Rufty Design Studio, shares her secrets for getting a stylish, ornate Thanksgiving table setting. To create your own grandiose table décor in true New Orleans style, go big – mix patterns, colors, and textures. Stack monochromatic dinnerware in a mixture of textures for a dazzling gilded effect, and top with Thanksgiving place cards made from vibrant lace doilies. Tuck handwritten place card labels in the folds for a personalized touch. Emanate New Orleans’s tropical climate by dressing an antique centerpiece in fresh, colorful flowers and succulents, upgrading the show-stopping centerpiece with diverse layers of color and textures. Saturate your colorful, lively Thanksgiving table with a variety of colored and clear glasses, and encourage guests to write down their blessings by displaying customized pouches for handwritten notes. In traditional New Orleans style, don’t forget the sweet pralines and decadent bananas foster – and, of course, the cocktails!
New Orleans-Style Table
Hostess Melissa Rufty shares her secrets for setting a stylish and festive holiday table. Start off by never being afraid to mix your patterns.
Tablecloth fabric: Florentine Bargello in Olivine (#64662) by Schumacher & Co.; available through DCOTA; 954/921-7575
Wallcovering: Brighton Silk Damask Parchment (#51491) by Schumacher & Co.; insidefabric.com
Drapery fabric: Antoinette in Zircon (#10047-19) by Donghia, Inc.; available through DCOTA; 954/921-7575
Chair fabric: Cavallini in Vanilla (C27) by Edelman Leather; available through DCOTA; 954/921-7575
Pile Gold on Gold
For a less formal place setting, use wood Florentine trays as chargers underneath gold Wedgwood dinner plates and vintage glass dessert plates.
Wood Florentine trays: vintage, Antiques on Jackson, 504/524-8201
Fabric pouches: by Becky Vizard, New Orleans; bviz.com
Create a Showpiece
Tuck stems of roses, succulents, pepper berry, and eucalyptus into the holes of an 18th-century glazed ceramic French brazier for a dramatic cascading effect.
Mix and Match Stemware
Add saturated color and eclectic style with a combination of colored and clear glasses. Buck tradition and use small aubergine juice glasses for red wine.
Clear glasses: Diamante by Arte Italica; available through replacements.com
Green glasses: vintage cased glass by Carlo Moretti; similar items often available on eBay, search "Carlo Moretti"; ebay.com
Start a Thankful Tradition
Hung on a festive fall garland, antique-textile pouches made by Louisiana artisan Becky Vizard hold guests' handwritten notes of thanks; bviz.com.
Garlands: by Ambrose Garden, New Orleans; 504/861-1953