Turkey Day Inspiration

We thought we'd share some tips and ideas to help make Thanksgiving feel a little more special since atmosphere is almost as important as taste when it comes to an enjoyable dining experience.  If you've been looking for some table setting ideas you have come to right place.  Or if you're like us and are still in denial that Thanksgiving is just days away here are some pictures to get you in the Thanksgiving spirit. 1.Candles, lots of candles.  There's nothing like eating by candle light.  Instead of just adding a couple of candlesticks to your table, add a large grouping.  Add a good mix of votives, pillar candles, and tapered candles.  Don't worry about all of your candle holders matching. You can mix styles and finishes of your candle sticks for a more eclectic feel or stick to one color if you're looking for a more chic table setting.  Search your local thrift store to start your collection.  We recommend staying with all white or cream candles and make sure your stick to unscented so the dinner you've slaved over is the star of the show.

2. Add some rustic elements to your table.  A little touch of rustic is the quickest way to help your table feel unique but still casual.  If you're worried about your table being too formal add a little rustic and you are good to go.  Mix in some twigs, antlers, burlap, linen, feathers etc.A series of centerpieces made out twigs is a great rustic centerpiece.  Your guest will think you've spent hours on your table setting when really you've just grabbed some stray sticks from the yard.  The sticks create a bit of drama but keep it open so your guests can still communicate. Make sure to add some smaller elements like votives or florals closer to the table to keep your table from feeling too stark.You can leave your sticks natural or paint it to fit in your scheme.  A little gold, silver, or white spray paint can transform your table.

3. Add some food elements into your decor.  What better way to decorate for a day dedicated to eating than with food?  Think broccoli, cabbage, lettuce, artichokes, lemons, oranges... Mixing in food is a fun (and affordable) way to add a little texture and whimsy and is sure to be a conversation piece.Loving the artichokes as place cards!

4.  Don't be afraid to use unconventional items for your centerpieces.  Who said flowers have to be in vases?  We say anything can become a great vase if you have a little imagination.  Those are pans that drywall contractors use to hold mud and drywall compound.  We love the galvanized finish and rectangular shape and best part is it's cheap!

5. Mix and match your dishes.  Love the vintage feel of a mix and match table setting.  This is a great way to add in place settings if you're a bit short or a great way to introduce china if you don't have a full set of your own.  You can find china in thrift stores, consignment shops, estate sales etc.  This is also a great way to use china if you are like me and don't want to spend all night after Thanksgiving hand washing your good china.  I think it's perfectly acceptable to put thrift store china in the dishwasher.  You can also mix and match vintage silver ware and serving dishes and utensils.6. Groupings!  Everything has more impact when in a group.  Instead of just one vintage milk glass vase, add several.  You can mix sizes and shapes and styles.  Check out your local thrift and consignment stores to start your collections.7.  Layer your linens.  Layering is a great way to add dimension and texture to any design.

8. When in doubt go monochromatic. Monochromatic schemes are a great way to add elegance and be confident with your choices.  Spray paint is your friend. 9. Mix and match any of the above. A grouping of candles wrapped in linen.  A lot of elegance with a touch of rustic to keep the table from becoming too stuffy.Any container wrapped in jute or twine create a unconventional container and adds a little texture.Candles and food. Enough said.A log is definitely a rustic and unconventional container that anyone can find in a pinch.  And the best part? It's free!Love the mason jar vases.  Also notice the burlap table runner.I am completely in love with mason jars.  How fabulous is this grouping of mason jar candle holders?Hanging votives in your stick centerpieces is a great way to bring a bit more drama to your table.

10. Enjoy yourself!  Don't get too caught up in the details that you lose site of what the day is all about.  The decor should add to the experience not add more stress.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!