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A Layered Thanksgiving Table

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David and I are hosting Thanksgiving this year and I am so excited to establish our own traditions now that our families live locally and we won’t be traveling for every holiday. Unsurprisingly, setting a beautiful table is one of my favorite parts of Thanksgiving and I did a dry run today to share with all of you! One reader asked for ideas for creating a cozy table around white dinner plates and I thought that the perfect assignment, since most of us rely on white plates for our daily meals and may not have specialty Thanksgiving plates. (Though every year I start lusting after something super thematic like this Spode set!) So here are my top tips for setting a cozy table starting with white plates.


Add drama with a tablecloth

This is the easiest way to transform your table for Thanksgiving. Picking a multicolored tablecloth in autumnal hues is an effortless way to give your daily white china a new look. My tablecloth is a souvenir from this summer’s trip to Simrane in Paris, but there are so many beautiful options available. I like pulling one or two colors from the pattern to carry through other decorative elements like the napkins and flowers to create a cohesive look.¬†


Warm things up with earthy materials and metallics 

To my mind wicker is not just for warm weather, and I love bringing in deeper colored rattan pieces around the holidays to add texture and warmth to a table. Here I’ve started with a honey-hued rattan charger from Cailini Coastal as the foundation for our dinner plates. I love the matching placecard holders which are an easy way to ensure your guests are seated next to their best conversational partner for the meal. I added wicker vases, leather napkin rings and linen napkins to the table, and mixed metallics such as pairing brass candlesticks with silverware give the tablescape a collected look and will catch the light when the candles are lit.¬†


Bring in vintage pieces for personality

I love collecting vintage tableware on our travels and these special momentos are the perfect way to make your table truly unique. Here, I’ve gathered a set of brass candlesticks in varying heights to add sparkle to the table, as well as a set of antique knife rests I picked up in Paris last year. (Each piece features a different vegetable and not only coordinates with the tablecloth beautifully, but they’ll help keep the linens clean by preventing dirty knives from rolling off plates.)¬† I also love using my french opaline goblets for water and our danish princess silverware. Vintage salad or dessert plates can be an inexpensive way to layer in more color, though if you’re eating and drinking from vintage pieces be sure to test them for lead etc to make sure they’re food safe! (My salad plates aren’t vintage so you can find them here!)¬†


My Sources:

Cailini Coastal Wicker Chargers c/o

Cailini Coastal Wicker Placecard Holders c/o 

Wedgwood Nantucket Basket Dinner Plate

Tory Burch Spongeware Salad Plate

Ralph Lauren Napkin Rings

Parterre Linen Napkins (sold out, similar here)

Simon Pearce Red Vintner Glass 

Antique French Opaline Goblets 

Simrane Tablecloth (similar here)

Vintage French Knife Rests

Aerin Wicker Vases

Antique Brass Candlesticks 



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  1. Caprice
    November 16, 2023 / 11:17 am

    Lovely Stacie and how exciting that you are hosting! Your souvenir is really enchanting! Happy Thanksgiving!

    • Stacie
      November 20, 2023 / 11:26 pm

      Thank you Caprice! We’re excited to celebrate with friends and family this week. Happy Thanksgiving to you too! xx SF

  2. November 19, 2023 / 2:14 am

    So lovely and warm! We are hosting Thanksgiving for the first time this year for Jason’s mom and her husband, plus Jason’s brother and his (large) family. There are 15 of us in all, which is a little intimidating our first time out! Though work has been insanely busy for 3 months straight, I’ve enjoyed taking my mind off it here and there to plan our meal and especially the tables. I *may* have gone a little crazy with new tablecloths, napkins, glasses, and table decor. I also found some special pieces to add on to my set of dishes from a UK seller on ebay, which I hope will arrive before Thursday. I’m using placeholder napkins for this year because the good kind get super pricey when you need a set of 16 or 24 (especially after splurging on all the other elements!), but I look forward to building onto my Thanksigivng tablescape collection more and more each year.

    • Stacie
      November 20, 2023 / 11:23 pm

      Oh that all sounds FABULOUS Hollie! I hope you’ll take a photo of your table amidst the hubub of the holiday and send it to me! I’m sure it’s going to be so special for everyone! xx SF

  3. Lisa
    November 25, 2023 / 1:45 am

    So lovely!

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