Hello Friends! Welcome to a special week of holiday entertaining organized by the very talented Lory who blogs at Designthusiasm. She invited me to participate in Styled and Set, a Holiday Entertaining Blog Tour. All week you’ll enjoy creative inspiration from a variety of amazing bloggers. I hope you’ll find ideas for your own plans for holiday entertaining. I gave careful consideration when deciding what to share with you … and after much deliberation I chose a Gilded Tablescape for Thanksgiving. (This post contains affiliate links.)
The inspiration for my gilded tablescape came from my set of vintage China. I acquired it in college so it’s been through many holidays and special occasions with my family.
Shortly after college, I remember taking a piece of my vintage Meito China (in the Toledo pattern) to the department store to find placemats and napkins, thinking I’d be stuck with white or gold. But the designer showed me there were many colors I could pull out from my China, like the olive green, ruby red, or yellow. And that moment was an eye-opener for me when it came to decorating and working with colors.
And so, my gilded tablescape features sparkly gold votives, white candlesticks, gold-stemmed wine glasses, white napkins, gold flatware by Colin Cowie, and beautiful ruby red pears. All laid out on a tablecloth that’s actually a matelasse coverlet for a bed.
I love the flicker of candle flames against gilded pieces.
A few twists of ribbon run down the center of the table, lending softness to the metallics.
So why all the fuss over a table setting? I enjoy making holidays like Thanksgiving and Christmas special for my family. My mother always planned her holiday table settings and even as a kid, I enjoyed her special touches. She always set the table the day before the big event. She wanted to take her time and not be rushed.
My mother was with me that day long ago when I took a piece of my vintage China to the store looking for napkins and placemats. This will be my first Thanksgiving and Christmas without her. But she’s in my heart and never far away.
An important part of holiday entertaining is to include something memorable. This year I made “thankful books” for each person. I decorated plain, empty journals from the craft store and wrote each person’s name with a liquid gold pen. A gold-studded ribbon adds a touch of softness.
Inside, I wrote a note to each person, telling them what I love and admire about them. The rest of the pages are for them to fill throughout the year, jotting down what they’re thankful for. On a day when they’re feeling blue, they can read the notes and hopefully find their spirits lifted.
In the corner of my dining room, I’ve set up a small bar area.
I like having nearby surfaces for food and drinks so the hostess (me) doesn’t have to keep getting up to go fetch something from the kitchen.
On the buffet are yummy pumpkin bread rolls; I found the recipe at Handle the Heat.
Their little stems are pieces of pecans. Cute, and fairly easy to make.
Pears and grapes also take up space on the buffet. My family likes to snack a bit while dinner is being made and I’d rather have them grab a piece of fruit than crackers or other not-so-good-for-you munchies.
And of course, it’s not Thanksgiving without pumpkin pie made from scratch.
I hope you enjoyed my gilded tablescape and found a few ideas for your own holiday entertaining. I’m anxious to have my family over to enjoy the new memories we’ll make.
I’d love to hear some of your family traditions that help make the holiday seasons memorable!
Be sure to visit the rest of the Set and Styled bloggers below. You’ll find plenty of eye candy and inspiring ideas.
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