Thanksgiving 2021

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This year’s Thanksgiving table is all about pattern play. My 2020 setup was fabulous and very full; this year, I wanted to change gears and have less on the table for a clean, streamlined look, but of course still make it impactful and elegant. The best way to do that is with color and pattern.

I started with a tablecloth + napkins from my perennial favorite, Pomegranate (paid partner). When you have bold linens, you don’t need much more on the table. I love this Bukhara Stripe because it’s a different take on block print (i.e. not floral) with lots of autumnal jewel tones. I knew I wanted to layer in a decorative plate for that “pattern play” look. To do this so it complements, not competes, with the linens, the key is to pull out one color and build the rest of the table around it. I leaned into those beautiful claret tones with the dinner plates, lamps, and florals, and then used some neutral, earthy touches of brown to break it up a bit. When you have a bold linen and a bold plate, you need something between them (in this case, the wicker charger). Adding in that neutral layer showcases everything better.

Some of the more unique elements on this table are these fabulous, battery-powered lamps from The Avenue. Charge them up and they’ll give you 9 hours of illumination. I love candlelight, but sometimes I just don’t want to deal with wax dripping on my linens or an errant flower catching on fire (yes, that’s happened to me several times). I think this is such a clever solution, and I’m grateful to the fabulous team at The Avenue for letting me borrow these, along with the plates and wineglasses. Founder Lyndsey Zorich  curates the best edits of clothing, tabletop, gifts, and home décor – you must check it out if you haven’t yet!  

A quick note on the florals. The incredible team at FLWR Shop did these for me, but it’s an easy look to replicate at home. We used clusters of bud vases in different heights with an assortment of fall blooms in each. It’s much easier to arrange small nosegays than to fill up a huge vase, and when you group them together it looks like a larger arrangement. Love this trick!!

As for the meal itself, my greatest strength in the kitchen is having someone else do the cooking! In case you missed it, be sure to take a look at my list of national and Nashville-based resources for gourmet holiday dishes that can be shipped, delivered, or picked up locally. These beautiful desserts came from two bakeries on the list, Southern Baked Pie and Alma Kitchen. I’m a regular customer of both and can attest to the amazing quality and superb taste; both also make great gifts for those hard-to-shop-for people on your list.

I can’t believe 2021 is starting to draw to a close. In this season of gratitude, I’m forever thankful for you, my amazing readers! I wish you an absolutely wonderful holiday full of family, friends, good food, and happy memories. Gobble, gobble, y’all!

*All photos courtesy of Lele Fain Photography

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