Thanksgiving isn’t just about the food, it’s also about dressing your table. The keys to an interesting table are color, texture, pattern, and shine.
Check out some of Clinton’s table dressing suggestions.
A Casual Buffet Setting
COLOR: Bring in the shades of the season we’re in with autumnal colors like orange, brown and yellow.
TEXTURE: Use edible décor with autumnal colors like artichokes, pomegranates, and walnuts. Also, use paper napkins – it saves you the effort of having to wash all those napkins once people are done eating!
PATTERN: Try mixing patterns – things don’t need to be “matchy-matchy.” Wrap books in fabric and place them on your table to display foods at different heights, which frees up space!
SHINE: This is where lighting comes in. Try some candles at different heights – but make sure to put them in hurricanes so things don’t catch on fire, and put them behind the food or on the sides of the table so people aren’t reaching over them!
A Formal Setting
COLOR: Use colors that are more sedate – like a white tablecloth – but with pops of rich colors with your flowers. Just make sure to keep the flowers low in smaller vases so that you don’t block conversation at your table!
TEXTURE: For a more formal look, don’t use natural textures…try materials that are smoother like cotton or linen for your tablecloth and napkins.
PATTERN: Mix traditional with modern to give a more sophisticated look. Small Christmas ornaments add a different pattern and color.
SHINE: Bring in some metallic to contrast with the sedate colors. Use basic white dinner plates, but a metallic charger to add some shine! Also, keep small votive candles surrounding each place setting – this type of lighting is flattering!