Thanksgiving is just around the corner and when it comes to hosting a memorable gathering, planning the perfect table setting is a key ingredient. Setting the stage for a gathering goes beyond just arranging plates and glasses – it's an opportunity to let your creativity and style shine!
1. Lay the Foundation with Placemats and Table Runners
Start building your table setting by laying a strong foundation with neutral placemats. Intertwined's neutral nettle placemats are the perfect choice. These placemats not only add texture but also provide an earthy and organic base for the rest of your elements. Nettle placemats bring a touch of nature to your table, creating a sense of balance and calmness. Their understated elegance serves as the perfect backdrop for the more vibrant elements that will follow.
To infuse your table with cultural richness and depth, introduce a handwoven table runner from Oaxaca, Mexico. The intricate patterns and vibrant colors of Oaxacan textiles tell a story of tradition and craftsmanship. This addition not only adds visual interest but also brings an authentic touch to the setting.
2. Pick a Stunning Centerpiece
Embrace a mix of textures, colors, and natural elements to create a captivating and stylish focal point for your fall table. You might paint small pumpkins and gourds with metallic gold or bronze paint. Arrange them in a wooden tray or on a vintage platter. Flowers are always perfect, and there are so many fall varieties to choose from – sedum, dahlias, sunflowers, maple leaves, eucalyptus, berries and more!
3. Balance with Tableware and Dinnerware
When it comes to tableware, choose plates that balance the other colors on your table. White ceramic plates are simple and provide the perfect background for colorful napkins. Or mix it up and opt for colorful pieces – mix and match patterns and designs for an eclectic look. Pottery is another gorgeous option.
4. Add a Splash of Color with Cloth Napkins
We love to use colorful napkins! Not only do they add excitement to the table, but they also hide food stains so your guests aren’t hesitant to wipe their mouths! Consider Intertwined’s Ugandan cloth napkins. These cloth napkins, adorned with vibrant patterns and hues, will add personality and energy to the table. The combination of the nettle placemats, Oaxacan table runner, and Ugandan napkins creates a mesmerizing visual symphony of textures and colors.
5. Choose Gorgeous Glassware
No table setting is complete without the right glassware. We are excited to announce that our fabulous handblown Guatemalan glass has arrived and will be on the website soon. Elevate the dining experience by serving your favorite wines in these handblown glasses. They are more than just functional vessels; they are pieces of art that showcase the skill and artistry of Guatemalan artisans. The delicate craftsmanship of the glasses enhances the aesthetics of your table while complementing the overall design.
6. Harmonize with Thoughtful Accents
To tie everything together, consider adding some thoughtful accents that harmonize with the table's other elements. This could include crocheted coasters from Guatemala, woven napkin rings from Uganda, handmade wine bottle covers from Uganda, handwritten place cards, custom-made menus, or even small souvenirs from your travels. The key is to maintain a balance between the vibrant and neutral elements, ensuring that each component enhances the others without overwhelming the overall composition.
With advanced planning, you'll create an unforgettable dining experience that reflects your unique style and appreciation for diverse cultures. Remember, a well-crafted table is not just about the visual appeal – it's about setting the stage for meaningful connections and memories.