As we set our intimate Thanksgiving tablescape, we were reminded of our childhood. We remember our grandparents calling attention to what they thought we were good at. From washing windows to setting the table, they always made a point to compliment us. Now being adults, we’ve come to realize Mimi’s compliments stating we were the BEST window washers was more about motivating us to actually clean her windows rather than us being the best at the job. Either way, the psychology behind their statements worked, and little did they know, they were cultivating our creativity and ushering us into what now is our dream come true.
We hold onto those special memories of being trusted with the job of setting the table for Thanksgiving. This role felt important as we tried to fill our grandmothers’ shoes; We still do. We worked hard to create a space that welcomed each family member with the sole reminder a seat was prepared just for them. To this day, each seat at our table serves a purpose, and we want to encourage you to do the same by setting an Intimate Thanksgiving Tablescape this year.
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Quality Time with Those Inside Your Home
We know this year presents challenges with gathering in large groups due to Covid-19. We want to encourage you to focus on those inside your home. While a large gathering may feel like the heart of Thanksgiving, believe us, we come from a large family who will create any excuse to get together, the heart behind Thanksgiving is how you spend quality time with those within the four walls of your home.
Life is busy. Between work schedules, sports, school, homework, etc. life can feel like it’s moving at a fast pace because we’re moving at a fast pace. This Thanksgiving, go slow, soak in their laughter, gather at the table, and create an intimate space to unwind, connect and simply be with one another.
How to Set an Intimate Thanksgiving Tablescape
Before setting the table, we always ask ourselves how we want the space to welcome our guests. Do we want to set a space that is bright, upbeat and energizing? Do we want to create a space that is warm, comforting and relaxing? Clear your space to clear out all distractions, design from a blank slate and see the full potential.
Comforting, Supportive and Inviting
This Thanksgiving, we aimed to create a space that is gentle, inviting and uplifting. We’ve been feeling the weight of everything happening outside our doors, and we want those living inside our homes to be welcomed to a table that is comforting, supportive and cheerful as an escape. If we’re feeling it, they must be too. We accomplished this goal by using warm earth tones and cozy textures.
Warm Earth Tones
Begin with a natural color palette that is pleasing and soothing to the eye. While we love bright pops of color, warm earth tones bring a sense of calm and warmth to a table. You can achieve this through fresh seasonal fruit as part of your centerpiece, dried textured florals and incorporate stone ceramic vases.
Soften the Table
Next, consider softening your table décor by using a heavy wool throw blanket scrunched into a table runner. The color blue calls the mind to feel serene and peaceful. This throw blanket is the perfect blend of a muted warm earth tone that provides a sense of comfort through the softness of the material, and we couldn’t think of a better table linen to construct our intimate Thanksgiving tablescape.
Finally, set each place setting with purpose and intention. We designed these Grateful Placecards to help you express your love and admiration for each family member this year to add to their overall experience. Think back on your childhood memories. What memories do you hold onto most? If your memories are anything like ours, it was those compliments our family gave us, the stories they shared with us, and the moments in which they told us they loved us no matter what.
Remember, Thanksgiving is not about perfection. Sometimes the turkey is overcooked, rolls are burnt and glassware may break but the heart of Thanksgiving is being present in those moments with the ones you love. Whether this is your first year hosting Thanksgiving or you’re the hostest with the mostest, join us in leaving behind false beliefs that you have to set the perfect tablescape and achieve perfection in every detail along the way. Let’s aim to set a space that welcomes others in and makes them feel loved and appreciated, and most of all, let’s get out of the kitchen and be present in making memories with those we love most.
Intimate Thanksgiving Tablescape