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When it comes to holiday parties, few things are more important than the food. This is especially true for Thanksgiving, and a Thanksgiving tablescape is the perfect way to make your table the focal point of the gathering.
A lot of work goes into creating the perfect tablescape. It’s all about the fine details and ensuring everything on the table is placed with intention. Here are some tips to create the perfect Thanksgiving tablescape for your Delaware gathering.
Find a Festive Table Runner
Step one to creating the perfect tablescape is a good tablecloth and runner. If you choose not to cover your table, just a runner will spruce it up and make it feel festive. Depending on your vision and inspiration for the tablescape, you can either select a festive runner or a more neutral runner to give you more freedom to create focal points elsewhere (and reuse the runner throughout the year).
Place Settings and Dinnerware
Place setting for your tablescape is all about stacking. Starting at the bottom layer, a placemat or a charger plate acts as the surface for other dishware. Choose an accent color, or even a variety of accent colors to add some visual interest.
Next, dinner plates. A solid color dinner plate or one with minimal design is the perfect building block upon which to place a more visually interesting salad or appetizer plate.
Mimi Thorisson Italian Hours Dinner Plates | $96 for a set of 4 | Anthropologie
Classic Coupe Dinner Plates | $28 for a set of 4 | Pottery Barn
Rustic Pumpkin Appetizer Plates | $39.50 for a set of 4 | Pottery Barn
Julia Berolzheimer Goldie Appetizer Plates | $29 for a set of 4 | Pottery Barn
For flatware and linens, pick out a couple of accent colors to focus on and tie everything together. A lot of Thanksgiving tablescapes call for a gold or copper set to match the warm colors.
Gold Flatware Set | $20 for tableware for 4 | Amazon
Montecito Plaid Cotton/Linen Napkins | $48 for a set of 4 | Pottery Barn
Benson Mills Fall Festival Cloth Napkin | $15 for a set of 4 | Amazon
Wooden Napkin Rings | $9.45 for a set of 12 | Amazon
Michael Michaud Eucalyptus Napkin Rings | $89 for a set of 4 | Pottery Barn
Building the Perfect Centerpiece
A centerpiece can be multifunctional in a tablescape. Things like decorative pitchers for water and cups for condiments, nuts or mints serve both fashion and function. When playing with things like tall candles, flowers and vases, it’s important to remember height can become a hinderance to conversation. It’s best to keep centerpieces for holidays visually stunning and lower to the table.
Figural Pumpkin Stoneware Pitcher | $49 | Pottery Barn
Diamond Cut Bottle with Stopper | $66 | Kurtz Collection
Handcrafted Pumpkin Lidded Candles | $27.50 | Pottery Barn
Handcrafted Terracotta Pumpkins | Prices vary | Pottery Barn
Faux Eucalyptus Garland |$20 | Amazon
A Few Finishing Touches
The finer details are everything when it comes to setting the table to entertain. Tablescapes just feel more complete with touches like matching cocktail napkins, festive salt and pepper shakers and cocktail glasses.