If you are entertaining this Thanksgiving, I am sure you made your shopping list, cleaned your home, ordered your desserts, chose your and your kids’ outfits, bought your liquor………BUT, have you thought about your Thanksgiving tablescape?  Every great restaurant knows that we eat first with our eyes!!  There is an art to food presentation (this is a whole other post).

Think about how you would like to present your table to your guests.  Do you have an array of textures and colors?  Is your tablescape narrow enough to fit your china and stemware?   Do you have multiple sources of lighting to create mood?

Below, I created two tablescapes to give you a little inspiration for Turkey Day.  In the first tablescape, I mixed high and low elements.  The tall hurricanes are still short enough so people can chat across the table from one another.  I love mixing textures; the twig pumpkins play nicely against the shiny hurricanes and gold bordered runner.  I threw some faux foliage in to create a festive table.  In the second tablescape, I used a tall centerpiece with a muted pumpkin, rusted base and colorful foliage.  I pared that with metallic geometric candlesticks and again, added scattered leaves on top of the burlap runner. Varied heights and textures create a visually interesting arrangement.  I kept these layouts simple so you can pull them off in a hurry. All of the pieces I used are from Pottery  Barn, Crate & Barrel, Pier 1 and West Elm (all places you can run to for last minute shopping).  Let me know what you think, and what your favorite tabletop decorations are.

Tomorrow I will post great hostess gifts if you will be a guest for Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving Tabletop

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