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Our friends over at Food Network are throwing a fantastic Thanksgiving party called The Communal Table on their blog FN Dish today. The idea is that FN Dish is providing the turkey, and they asked that the rest of the food community (including you!) bring side dishes and desserts. We at Design Happens were honored when we were asked to “set the table” for the event.

Without a doubt Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. A day dedicated to being thankful for the good things in your life, eating delicious food with your loved ones and no pressure of buying gifts? Genius! Personally, I like a homey holiday with an ultra-relaxed vibe, a handmade feel and absolutely no worries about getting gravy on the “good” linens. With that in mind, a little bit of inspiration from the October color of the month, and a dash of the whimsy from Constance the trailer, I created this Very Vintage Thanksgiving mood board:

thanksgiving vintage table

 

To achieve this cozy look I chose a mix of rough-hewn items, some real vintage items, and new products that have a warm and friendly feel. Ceramics, bold vintage colors (like teal, red and orange), thick glass and beautiful faux-mercury tie together a farmhouse table that seems as if it could’ve been set in the 1940s. I kept my own grandmother—who raised a family through the 40s—in mind when choosing the individual salt-and-pepper shakers (some of her favorites table accessories), the charming turkey gravy boat and the vintage floral table runner. The playful pumpkin candles mixed on the table with wildflowers in a mason jars are all the decoration the table needs leaving room for the real centerpiece of the day: the bird.

How about you? How do you set your table for Thanksgiving? Do you pull out your best china for this special day? Are you low key and food-centric? Tell us in the comments!

Setting the table above [clockwise from upper left]: Personal salt-and-pepper shakers, Etsy; ”Give Thanks” banner, HGTV.com; chevron salad plates, Etsy; jadeite dinner plate, Fishs Eddy; turkey gravy boat, Williams Sonoma; silverware, BHLDN; pumpkin candles, Greenhouse Design Studio; faux-mercury turkey platter, Etsy; animal place card holders, BHLDN; mason jar flowers, Haystack Needle; cloth napkins, Etsy; wine goblet, Fishs Eddy; turquoise farm table, European Paint Finishes; table runner, Vintage in Vogue; dining chairs, Room & Board; background pattern, Flavor Paper wallpaper. See all of these items on my Pinterest as well as a couple more that didn’t make it onto this board. 

 

 

20 Responses

  1. Christina says:

    What a bright and cheery Thanksgiving this would be. Love it!

    xo,
    Christina
    <a href="http://www.becauseofmadalene.blogspot.com” target=”_blank”>www.becauseofmadalene.blogspot.com

  2. Briana@HGTV says:

    Totally fun and surprising, yet somehow traditional. You're a holiday genius!

  3. Marianne@HGTV says:

    I love that it's very "Thanksgiving" without relying on predictable color schemes. The little animal placecard holders might be my favorite.

  4. Love the way you matched colors and pattern scales across this otherwise eclectic range of settings. Expertly done!

  5. @servingdish says:

    Wait, those are *individual* S&P? I always thought they were for tiny, tiny dinner parties – this makes so much more sense, and I'm stealing the idea immediately. You're a style maven AND a teacher, Lili.

  6. Susan says:

    I just watched a Candice Olsen design program, where she used a wall mounted fan that was spread across the wall with hand shaped fans on it. could I please ask where that could be purchased! it was both unusual and funtional! LOVED IT…

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  8. Cliff says:

    Ahh very cool ! I love the banner idea, my wife did something similar with duct tape bats for halloween! http://handmakemyday.com/2011/10/21/halloween-duc

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Lili ZarghamiLili is Editorial Director of HGTV.com. Her personal obsessions include looking for just the right sofa, ogling real estate listings, and reading floor-plans. She has an admitted "chair problem," collecting...

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