Sparkling Thanksgiving Table Setting

Charleston event designer Tara Guérard sets the table for a Thanksgiving dinner for her extended family at their 1901 North Carolina mountain cottage.

Here’s how to set your family’s Thanksgiving table just like Tara’s. Start with a statement dinner plate - Guérard chose delicate, pink-rimmed China for her table’s Thanksgiving plates. If you are tight on table space, try topping your standard dining table with a sturdy piece of plywood and covering the expanded top with a festive Thanksgiving tablecloth. Upgrade thrift store finds for cozy details, and be sure to have a self-serve bar near to keep the family festivities running smoothly. Create a kids’ table using felt as burlap as a kid-proof Thanksgiving tablecloth, and set up the teens’ tables with identical Thanksgiving plates for a more mature Thanksgiving table setting. Once the table is set, all you’ll have to worry about is what food your serving. For a stress-free holiday, prepare your menu in advance by following our Test Kitchen’s Make-Ahead Thanksgiving Menu guide. Just don’t forget about dessert!


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