monochrome black and white thanksgiving decor table scape with chic wheat centerpieces
image via neelam interiors

 

thanksgiving is one of my favorite days of the year. a day to celebrate family, friends, food, and to give thanks for all the beautiful blessings in our lives. it also marks the official kickoff of the holiday decorating season. yes, nothing creates a cozy atmosphere like a stunning seasonal display, especially a well-set table. 

 

if you were carefully selected to be the gracious hostess, then your to-do list is already jam-packed since thanksgiving is right around the corner. but don’t stress, that’s my job. read on for my inspirational guide to help you create a thanksgiving decor scheme sure to impress your guests even after turkey day.

 

thanksgiving tablescape with white pumpkins and clear glassware and wicker chargers.
image via familyholiday.net

decor

the entryway is the first thing your guests will see…so why not make a great first impression? for the harvest season, nothing says “happy fall” like an inviting front door wreath. a wreath is a simple way to make a statement and so easy to change out. after all, you will blink, and it will be time to decorate for christmas. 

thanksgiving is a season of harvest, but no rule says that thanksgiving decor has to be all golden yellow or burnt orange. i prefer to keep things simple, crisp, and chic by incorporating colors of white, cream, and grey (yes, grey!) along with mixing in fresh or preserved greenery. think tightly gathered wheat bunches, mini white pumpkins, potted topiaries, and the natural textures of rattan or seagrass.

 

shopping guide for fall decor items

a. aerin wicker hurricane williams sonoma //  b. corn husk and pheasant feather wreath williams sonoma // c. jaguar faux fur pillow cover williams sonoma

table settings

now it is time to set the table- a carefully curated place setting is the main attraction of any holiday gathering. before you set out creating an instagram worthy tablescape, pick one element, and go with it. choose one color to focus on and let that be the shining star of your table planning. lately, i am crushing on monochromatic magic, classic black and white color schemes that can work for any holiday gathering. for a touch of glamour, brighten up your table with pops of metallic (silverware, glasses, napkin holders, etc.) mixed with your monochromatic flatware and white pumpkins, you will have a sophisticated, chic setting.  

 

in the center of it all is the centerpiece-a simple conversation starter. i lean towards a low, lush, simple floral arrangement. be mindful to not go overboard on the height. tall centerpieces block your guests’ view and make it hard to carry on conversations. (even when we wish we could hide behind a floral stand)

darci recommendation: farmgirl flowers (deliverable to anywhere in the U.S.)

 

a. handcrafted wooden bowls food 52 // b. pewter charger sur la table // c. handmade ceramic vase and dried floral arrangement food 52 // d. figural acorn sur la table // e. william mason ceramic dinnerware 12 piece set food 52 // f. stacked bone napkin rings, set of 4 sur la table // g. emma light gray pitcher unison // h. linhol napkins, set of 4 sur la table // i. rose gold flatware west elm   

table settings should be about two things-combination and groups. if your guests outnumber matching place settings, then don’t worry, you are allowed to mix and match. try to mix colors and patterns with different color plates and glassware. by blending traditional and modern (your grandma’s gravy boat with your sleek place setting), you will create a relaxed setting that makes everyone feel more like they can dig in and feel comfortable-what thanksgiving is all about. 

 

thanksgiving feast featuring simple white pumpkin centerpiece display
image via holidayfamily.net

 

dinner is served

when it comes to food preparation, i have a hard and fast rule for any meal where I am the hostess- pick one dish that you already know you can master and order the rest. this eliminates all the stress of preparing the perfect meal and trying new recipes that you may not be 100% confident in executing. (hehe at least when it comes to dinner) 

darci recommendation: poppy’s in brooklyn, ny (deliverable anywhere in the U.S.)

 

and with that, i wish you all a thanksgiving filled with joy and cocktails. delicious, abundant cocktails…

 

cheers~

darci