As a child my mother would let me set our dinner table for special occasions. I would admire all the silverware and pretty china, relish the scent of the cabinet the pretty things were stored in, get in a trance ironing linens and flipping through the Emily Post book and memorize how to arrange a place setting.
I love the details.
When it comes to planning for a party, nothing beats an intimate gathering. One that is just small enough to focus entirely on the intricate details. Six place settings at a cozy table says it all to me. Think of of the deep conversations that will ensue.
I'm loving fresh centerpieces right now. Think fall foliage, squash and pumpkins from your garden, fruits, bright roots or branches. I was inspired by jewel tones and winter fruits and added some mint for contrast.
There are some tips to keep in mind when arranging a centerpiece. In my opinion your goal should be to create a beautiful arrangement with as little clutter as possible. While table settings that are jungles of beautiful, shiny things can be inspiring, the lack of space is not. You wind up moving the little details all over the place and sometimes entirely off the table to make room. I don't see the point.
Try to avoid items that are overwhelmingly distracting or too tall for eye to eye contact from across the table, but add height with a cake or candles. When it comes to candles I prefer them short and stout, with enough height to add dimension.
Place cards are always a must. You can create a lively and fun environment just by placing the right people next to one another. Separate couples to some extent, sit the quiet next to the talkative, people with similar interests in close proximity and keep friends that tend to create a cliquish vibe apart. Whether you decide to go all out creatively or simply place a printed notecard on a plate, do go for arranged seating.
For my place cards, I chose to add the last touches to our table with some lovely pieces from a local boutique in the North End. Evolve Home has so many gorgeous tid-bits to choose from, I highly recommend stopping there to stock up on Holiday details for your home.
Here's to a beautiful table! I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
Photography by Candice Hackett
Styling by Sarah Kyle
Place card details: gold pear candles, glitter tubes and gold frame in the background c/o Evolve Home
**To check out more parties I have style, click the "parties" tab above. Here's a favorite of mine. If you are interested in hiring me to style your affair email me!