We have a great tradition here in our family and I am excited to tell you about it. Along the way, I am sharing a Fall Wild Game Dinner Party Tablescape as an inspiration for a similar party you might want to host in the future.
NOTE: I know some of you may be uncomfortable with the idea of hunting and I totally understand that. I hope you will hear me out through this post because I think this table setting would also be great for any fall tablescape or even for Thanksgiving, even if you are not fond of hunting or even eating wild game.
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I grew up hunting and fishing with my family. I shot my first deer when I was thirteen. My parent’s also had lots of friends of who hunted and they typically brought their spoils to my mother to cook them. She is really known well for her incredible recipes for wild game of all kinds…deer, pheasant, duck, chucker, etc.
Her “Kingdom Come Duck” is a favorite of everyone who is blessed to consume it! I have also won over many hearts when I have served it myself!
A lot of folks are intimidated by cooking wild game. With that being said, several of our hunter friends like to bring me their trophy meats and poultry to prepare and serve them. I have been known to change some people’s opinions of wild game and turned them into fans.
Several times in the past, we have hosted dinner parties for our friends that bring me their wild game. I prepare a multi-course meal with different types of wild game. The dessert course is the only course that I do not include a wild game ingredient. I am sure you are saying…”REALLY”?!?! Yes, REALLY! I embrace the challenge!!
With wild game as the theme of the dinner, so must the table be!! Here are the details of our table this year…
A Fall Wild Game Dinner Party Tablescape
As you may know, I always choose a starting point for any tablescape. I found these Pheasant Dinner Plates on clearance at Williams Sonoma and flipped! I designed the whole table around them. I sourced a few similar plates below (that would also work great for a Thanksgiving table setting!!) since they are not available anymore. 🙁
To compliment the black tones in the feathers, I decided to use my black table runners instead of placemats for the foundation of the place settings.
When I think of hunting, I think of being out in the woods. Hence, I felt the table should have a “woodsy” feel. My new Acacia Wood Chargers from Pottery Barn compliment the dinner plates perfectly. Plus, I can use them throughout the holiday season and beyond.
For the napkins and napkin rings, I simply chose options that coordinate with the dinner plates. You could use brown, copper, or rust tones to create this look. Topping them off with real pheasant feather picks contributes so nicely to the “wild game” theme…don’t you think?! Let me know your thoughts below…
A mixture of vintage and warm-toned glassware really adds to the flair of the table design as do the twig flatware!
For the centerpiece, I started with the arrangement. Because of the “woodsy theme,” I decided to forge all of the greenery, flowers, accents from my yard. I didn’t purchase one thing to create this arrangement (I already owned a large collection of the pheasant feather picks). I have used them for other Wild Game Dinner Parties, in my Thanksgiving Trees, and in other fall and Christmas vignettes.
I used Juniper branches, Yew branches, dried yarrow and sumac, dried hydrangeas. Any evergreens would work great as well as other dried fall foliage.
To finish things up, I placed two of my antlers beside the arrangement and then just added in my vintage brass candlesticks for added warmth. Because of the drama of the arrangement, I kept the rest of the centerpiece pretty simple.
You can shop the look here…
To coordinate with the table, I created a simple fall vignette on our buffets to tie everything together. Super easy!
I hope you enjoyed seeing how you too can create a Fall Wild Game Dinner Party Tablescape! Keep in mind that this look would also be a great way to host your Thanksgiving guests! To see more of my fall and Thanksgiving Tablescapes, click HERE. Have you started planning your Thanksgiving Table yet? You will see mine in the next couple of weeks. 🙂