With October behind us, we are embarking on my favorite time of the year…the “holidays”. For me, that includes Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Eve. If you are following fashion trends these days, jewel-tones are big right now and that is part of what inspired this Jewel-toned Thanksgiving Table Setting.
Thanksgiving is such a special time where we have a unique opportunity to share our gratitude for our loved ones and the facets of our lives that we are grateful for. As usual, it is important to me to make all of our guests to feel special whether it is Thanksgiving or not. A celebration such as this certainly gives you the chance to take things up a notch for those you share your table with for Thanksgiving.
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For every table setting, I begin the process with an inspiration point that will dictate the color palate and formality of the table. One of my favorite set of salad plates is my Royal Crown Derby China – Old Avesbury. The colors are so rich and beautiful…perfect for a jewel-toned Thanksgiving table setting!
Interestingly, Royal Crown Derby has been manufacturing fine bone china in England since the late 1700’s. The artistry of their pieces are stunning and to be admired.
For holiday gatherings like Thanksgiving, I lean to more of a formal look. This is partially from my upbringing in Dallas. My mother always went all out for her table settings and guests. She also had a formidable amount of fine china, silver, glassware, and other serving ware…some of which I have gratefully inherited.
Together, my mom and I own a large collection of the entire LENOX Tuxedo line. When I married, I decided to register for the same Tuxedo place settings so we could combine our collections for larger groups. The Lenox Tuxedo is so classic and enduring and I love using it! Mine is over 25 years old.
For my readers, Lenox is offering the following promotions (just in time for the holidays!):
The fabulous jewel-tones of the salad plates sent me off and running! Fortunately, I had no problem finding the plum/purple tones or the copper tones to use. I wanted a neutral backdrop for the plates, so these finding these gorgeous copper beaded napkins (which I used as placemats!) was a big win. The bigger win was that they were on clearance at Pier One as well as the purple wine glasses!
The biggest wrinkle in pulling this table setting together was finding options to tie in the teal green tones. I searched and searched until the seas parted and the sky opened up when I found these fantastic feather napkin rings (also from Pier One)!! They absolutely helped create the drama I was seeking.
The texture and drama they provide are everything! Pairing them with my plum Bodrum linen napkins was a perfect combination. I found them at one of my favorite new local stores, T is for Table. Every time I go into their store, I have arrived in such a happy place!
For the glassware, mixing colors and patterns add a level elegance. I purchased the purple/plum wine glasses from Pier One and the gold etched water goblets from a local antique store. I have sourced similar products for you below that include two Arte Italica glasses that are on my wish list.
To top off the place settings, these beautiful green velvet apples from Hobby Lobby did the trick. They are actually Christmas Ornaments that your guests could take home for their Christmas tree.
Because of the variety of colors used here, it was so important that the flowers tie everything together, but in a simple way. Simple elegance is what I was going for with the centerpiece.
There are several ways you can do this. Use a simple long container, keep the arrangement compact, keep it tailored and keep the rest of the decor around the arrangement simple and classic.
Side note: See my Thanksgiving tree in the background here? You can click HERE to see how I put it together.
Designer tip: To tie in the feathers into the arrangement, I purchased one extra napkin ring and took it apart so it could be incorporated into the centerpiece.
I was so pleased with how the flowers turned out that we spent a little extra time taking some special close-up shots of it for you to enjoy.
Thank you for hanging out with me today. What do you think about this Jewel-toned Thanksgiving table setting?! I would love to have your feedback. Are you on board with jewel-tones for the fall?
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