With Thanksgiving right around the corner, chances are your tablescape plans need tending to. In the following tips and inspirations, find the right balance between formal and homey according to your crowd and taste.
The Place Setting
Let’s start with the flat- and glassware. This informal place setting will fulfill most families’ needs and won’t require classes in etiquette. You can naturally swap elements for more appropriate pieces depending on what you’re cooking. For instance, you can place a salad plate off to the left and a coffee cup and saucer to the right according to the informal place setting by Emily Post. If you are going for a buffet setup, ditch the plates and place the napkin in the middle.
If you opt not to display your plates at the table or want a different look, place festive napkins between your flatware. Here are just a few ways to dress them up with fall-ish napkin rings and creative folds.
Ahh—the final, and most important, piece of the Thanksgiving table puzzle. If you are serving your food family-style, there won’t be much need for decor since the dishes will star, but if you are going the buffet route, you’ll want something pretty to fill the center void. We suggest choosing a design that keeps things below neck-level so your guests can gather, share, give thanks and, most importantly, see the person across the table.