Ready, Set, Entertain: Thanksgiving

This time of year for interior designers is like tax season for accountants. I have several homes that need to be ready for Thanksgiving and even more clients that have installations and furniture deliveries before Christmas and Hanukkah. Although crazy busy, it is crazy fun and with the holidays just a few weeks away its time to take stock of what I need for entertaining, lets get started.

Starting out with curb appeal; we are recovering from a hurricane here in New Jersey so I know my guests don’t expect much but I still like it to look nice, the designer in me I guess. The mums have seen better days so I replaced them with firewood in a vintage barrel, aesthetic and functional. A simple vine wreath with greens gives a festive feel.

I approach Thanksgiving decor just like I would begin a design project for a client. Determine the style I am after and develop a color scheme. This year I am looking to create a fresh organic feel combining a traditional fall palette infused with a twist of turquoise. Once inside, I like to start with the mantel because it is one of the first things you see when you walk into my house. Hurricanes filled with organic fruits and pieces of nature create a simple chic look. I chose fabrics by the fabulous Joel Dewberry from his Aviary collection for the tablecloth and napkins. Surprisingly it is affordable to purchase fabric and have a local seamstress sew these items if you don’t sew. I love creating a table-scape that is not massed produced.

The centerpiece sets the mood for the table; this year its fresh fruit, sprigs of wheat, gourds and of course candles, arranged on a piece of reclaimed lumber from an old farmhouse. Below, I am crazy for turkey patterned plates, I don’t know why but I just really like them. These are vintage English turkey plates and are available at Esty.

So lets take stock; organic fresh theme, curb appeal set, mantel and firewood ready, table-scape includes custom linens for the table-cloth and napkins, fresh fruit and candle centerpiece and vintage plates. Add wedding crystal and flatware, serving pieces handed down through our family and I am good to go. Join us this weekend as we plan the menu sharing our favorite recipes. Share some of your favorite holiday traditions with us.

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  • Connie

    Thanks for the designer tips and I just love those fabrics.

    • http://adoreyourplace.com/ Cathy from Adore Your Place

      Your welcome Connie, those fabrics are fabulous.