Now that it’s officially fall, I’ve been dreaming up all things autumnal. This tabletop look features deep berry and bordeaux tones mixed with woodsy details like faux bois and dappled doe fur. Add to the mix different textures like faux burnout velvet and seasonal fruits and berries and you’ve got yourself an earthy, autumnal spread that’s perfect for this year’s Thanksgiving feast or your next dinner party.
This deep berry-toned centerpiece includes dahlias and kangaroo paw.
IT’S ALL IN THE MIX
Fall is all about warmth—translate that coziness to your dinner table by mixing and matching different patterns. Aim to combine pieces that create richly layered colors, depths, and feel. I chose a berry shade of the “Soft Florals” fabric to evoke the feeling of a carpet of fallen leaves, then complemented it with a trompe l’oeil doe print. I like to experiment with the vibe by tossing the fabrics on the table for a layered effect and then stripping them away if it starts to look too busy. And, speaking of busy: To balance some of the jewel-like colors, I’ve paired them with a neutral, gravelly grey. I’ve also kept the menus and place cards relatively simple to act as a bold counterpoint to the energy of the patterned fabrics.
A simple folded linen for the bread bowl.
Boxes and stickers make pretty takeaways for leftovers.
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Experimenting with layered table linens (the doe print looks a lot like real deer hide!)
I love when the Thanksgiving tabletop itself celebrates food—something of a nod to the traditional cornucopia. Even if you’re not whipping up a from-scratch spread (I have my own habit of pre-ordering an entire turkey dinner from Whole Foods), you can still create a bountiful table by adding a few edible decorations: champagne grapes on a cheeseboard, red pears and pumpkins on the table, and bowls of artichokes. There’s no need to go overboard, though—a few fresh pears mixed with a handful of votive candles are all you need to create a festive fall table.
Crudités nestle in ox horn tumblers (with dip in the bottom!)
A simple, bold menu is the perfect counterpoint to a patterned table linen.
Off-the-roll fabric makes the best table topper; the raw, sheared edge gives it even more style.
SEND ‘EM PACKING What’s a Thanksgiving feast without leftovers? Pretty boxes and stickers make for a thoughtful dinner send-off. Think: gable boxes with custom stickers or Chinese takeout boxes. Alternatively, you could snag some kraft paper boxes from the salad bar at your local grocery (the inside is already coated so you can just pop in leftovers and secure with a colorful rubber band).