Fall is my favourite season. The chill in the air and changing colours mean I’m reaching for my cozy sweaters, scarves and pouring even more cups of tea. It also means Thanksgiving is just around the corner!
I love hosting big dinners at my house for Thanksgiving. One thing I look forward to is planning out how I will set my table. Usually the meal gets all the attention, which is understandable. I’ve been known to insist on all the fixings! That being said, I truly believe a beautiful meal should be complimented by a table setting that reflects the occasion.
Mix the old with the new
Thanksgiving puts me in a traditional state of mind; I think back to family dinners from when I was growing up. It’s a beautiful feeling to have my family over to our house with my sons around the table who, for the record, get more food on the hardwood floor than their tiny mouths.
This is the time to carefully dust and display the china passed down to you but don’t shy away from pieces that are new and showcase your own style. This is the kind of character every table deserves. I pull from my wedding china, pieces from my grandparents and my husband’s great aunt, along with our everyday dishes. I love layering the different patterns and designs.
Stacking your grandmother’s fancy soup bowls on your casual dinner plates is instantly beautiful and chic.
It’s all about the mismatch
The best part of assigning an old meets new aesthetic to your table is you don’t need to stress about not having a complete set. Don’t avoid using a set of plates just because you don’t have a complete set. Uniformity is overrated! You can tie everything together with a coordinating tablecloth, runner or napkin; it’s a graceful way to bring it all together.
A touch of silver will do
I absolutely love all of the silver I’ve collected. I believe in using what you have, don’t save it use it! There is no need to go overboard. A set of serving spoons, maybe a vase for the table center, or flatware will do. Your Thanksgiving dinner will sparkle and you won’t spend hours polishing your silver. If you are like me you will have your hands full prepping a 30-pound turkey, guarding your freshly cleaned dining room from your little ones with only 20 minutes to shower before your guests arrive. Trust me, I’ve fought this battle in the past and survived so I can steer you away.