Thanksgiving Table Settings

As promised, here is the table setting we will be using on Thursday for Thanksgiving.

Completed Thanksgiving 2010 Table

The inspiration for the entire table came from the fantastic orange chevron fabric I found on for a steal at $5.98 a yard!  I had my wonderful seamstress Ana Zucconi sew a 60 inch circular pattern with a 30 inch drop, creating a tablecloth that would drape to the floor.  She then finished off the seams with a satin ribbon in metallic orange to boost the glam quotient.  The final product is a beautiful backdrop that could easily be used for holidays or informal gatherings.  Now that we had our  base, I went to work on putting together a tablescape that was within my limited budget yet still beautiful.

I decided to go with my every day white square plates from CB2. I loved how the linear lines of the chevron played off the right angles of the plates and bowls.  However, simply to amuse myself, I decided to do a second type of place setting with a round bowl and a different napkin placement. I  really liked how it turned out – the different bowls and napkin placements brought a level of subtle interest to each place setting without being in your face.


Place setting with square bowl

Place setting with round bowl


I embraced my inner “frugal” and did a quick run to Pier One Imports to look for additional things for the table. I haven’t been in the store for years but I had bad memories of papasan chairs and cloying scented candles from decorating my first apartment. Well there is still an abundance of scented candles and if you search the term “papasan chair” Pier One is first search result, but aside from that, they have rehabilitated their designs and I am quite surprised with some of the things I found. I ended up buying napkins, napkin rings, wine goblets, water glasses and rattan balls from them for well under $75 – score from Pier One!

I ended up buying their Amber Luster glassware, which at less than $3.50 a glass was a wise investment as they look great on the table, providing color and height. I am also quite pleased with the napkin rings I purchased there.  Normally, I stick with my tried and true silver rings – simple and elegant, but I figured what the heck and picked them up for less than $3 each.  At first I feared that they would be too gaudy on the table, but find they add another layer of glimmer to the table and texture.


Napkin Rings

The only part of the place setting I don’t love is the flatware.  I really need to invest in some real silver or mother of pearl handled pieces, cause my stainless steel set – while sturdy – isn’t much for a show stopper.  Ok, maybe next year, but what I am loving right now is my mercury glass votive candle holders from Michael’s for about $1.75 after coupon.  I bought two different kinds for the table and am thinking of going back and getting more – they simply rock!


Voltive Candle Holders

The center piece are tulips and some filler flowers I picked up from the Oakland Flower Market and placed in a $4.99 vase from CB2. The crystal candle sticks are from my personal collection – I can’t stop buying them!  And the large white pheasant and gourds are from Z Gallerie’s holiday sale – for all three it was $20.



I finished off the table with some silver and crystal pieces including my beloved gravy boat and lead crystal snack bowls.  For my first true tablescape that I thought out from start to finish, I am really happy with everything. Of course, there are things I would love to tweak or buy to fill it in, but I stuck to the budget and am quite happy with the overall look!

Got pictures to share of your holiday table?  If so, send them to  I would love to feature some of my readers creativity!  Speaking of pictures, Kim over at NewlyWoodwards has dared her readers to entertain!  Head over to her site to see some other tablescape designs!


Napkins: Ikat for the Holidays

I am by no means a design expert, but I think there are a core set of patterns and prints that would be considered universal.  Toile, plaid, floral – these are the classic standards that seem always be woven into a home.  However, I think there are a new set of prints that could be called “modern classics” including imperial trellis, chevron and my personal favorite ikat.

I think ikat is one of those patterns that is timeless, effortless chic and can be used in some many different ways in a home.  I am currently having a tablecloth and runner  made from this ikat fabric that I picked up on for $5.95 a yard!.


Redding Ikat Gold

However, like Mae West said “Too much of a good thing can be wonderful,” so I am going into a bit of ikat overload for my holiday tables.  I am currently in a deep love affair with these ikat napkins from Coldwater Creek.  They are currently on sale for $13.95 for a set of four.

I think these napkins are PERFECT for a holiday table setting.  I love the two different greens and the band of brown.  I can totally see these on a table with a frette patterned tablecloth, bone china and a centerpiece using poinsettias to play up the holiday scheme.

I am also partial to this set of ikat napkins from Pomegranate.  I think the warm ochre color is the perfect complement to a table set with Tiffany blue and gray plates.   Tuck these napkins into a set of vintage opaline blue goblets (my other obsession as of late) and you have the makings for a beautiful and stunning tablescape.  These napkins are currently on sale for $28.99 for a set of four.

My orders for both sets of napkins are already in and here is hoping that at least one set gets to me before Thanksgiving!  I am busily planning my tablescape for dinner and think I have everything down.  So what is your table going to be for the holidays?  I would love to share pictures of your holiday tablescapes, so send me a copy at