Simple Tips to Create a Rustic Chic Thanksgiving Table
Svitlana Flom of Art de Fete shows us how to create a Thanksgiving table that's warm and seasonally stylish. How? With antlers, ceramics, steel and a tartan, of course! Here's how:
Step 1: Define Your Color Scheme Find your inspiration around the home, outdoors or at a flea market. For this table, Flom used a tartan fringed shawl for the foundation and giving the table a bold shade of red.
Tip: Transition from Thanksgiving to Christmas by simply changing the floral arrangement out with pine-cones, magnolia leaves, whole walnuts and berry branches.
Step 2: Use Seasonal Flowers Find in-season flowers like roses, dahlias, sunflowers, calla lilies and branches of oak leaves. Using floral shears, cut the stems of the at a 45-degree angle. For ease, try using foam, soaked in water, to hold your blooms in place as you arrange. Fill in spaces with autumnal branches like oak and simple Pheasant feathers.
Tip: Always strip the stems of most of the leaves to help your arrangement last longer.
Step 3: Vary Your Dinnerware Pewter stoneware is elegant yet gives a rustic vibe — try it as a charger underneath classic white or deep plum plates. A pewter charger will also add in a varied texture among the tartan, flowers and feathers.
Step 4: Layer in Seasonal Accents For this table, antlers were displayed for a woodsy vibe.
Tip: You can buy small ones in bulk to display around the house, like a mantel or under a glass cloche.
Step 5: Bring the Outside In Top off your casually folded napkins with oak leaves or wheat sprigs and burlap name tags for a festive fall look.
Photos by Gary Flom for Art de Fete