photo credits: Home & Home October 2010, photography by Michael Graydon, prop styling by Sasha Seymour, food stylish by Ashley Denton
There will be no big Thanksgiving dinner for us this year. We will celebrate it just the three of us. Frankly, I welcome it since I was exhausted. We all feel tired lately. My hudband, my son and I had to adjust to a new schedule since Zack started day care. Yesterday, Zack slept up to 11 AM. This morning, he woke up at 8:45 AM. I start to feel refreshed.
It is a colder, bright sunny day here in Montreal. Before we go outside, I compiled a list of last-minute Thanksgiving ideas based on old posts.
For roasting your turkey, check out
For dressing your table, get inspired by
Explore the rest of my Thanksgiving posts for menu ideas and more tabletop inspirations. Lastly, do not stress out with the preparation. The most important in any event is to serve good food and to be amongst good company.
I propose you five festive looks for Thanksgiving, that are suitable for the Canadian way and the American way to celebrate Thanksgiving.
If you are new to my blog, here is my design philosophy when it comes to my table settings for a Holiday celebrations. My guests eat on bowls and plates that can be reused for other parties. This is my way to be thankful towards Mother Earth. My table linens and my centrepiece deliver the decorative elements of my Holiday tabletop.
Tabletop Ideas for a Classic Style Table
I always say that you need a casual chic table for a Thanksgiving meal. So, go with would make you and your family happy. I like the idea to use a halved globe as a vessel for your centrepiece. It should not be too hard to find an old World globe since so many of them have become obsolete. Ask your friends and family to help you locate one; there is probably an unused World globe that is stored in their garage or basement of someone you know.
photo credits: No. 1 Eclectic Fall Bowl Centerpiece from BHG.com | No. 2 Woodland Forest Jacquard Tablecloth $155-$183 USD at Williams Sonoma | No. 3 Autumn Summer Table by Crate & Barrel
Tabletop Ideas for a Modern Style Table
The snowberries of the Marimekko Lumimarja Orange table linen collection takes a different direction in orange. As a bonus, I can imagine this tablecloth reinterpreted for a Halloween party.
photo credits: No. 4 Marimekko Lumimarja Orange Tablecloth and Napkins $8.95-$89.95 USD at Crate and Barrel
I am a fan of the tête-à-tête placemats. With tête-à-tête (which means face-to-face) placemats, your table puts the emphasis on guests that seat in front of each other. Don’t think that you can use this look only just for a romantic dinner. The concept works well on a communal table. Simply remember to get three “placemats for two” for 6 guests, four for 8 guests or six for a group of twelve. Then, use the same between the placemats to place the dishes that you will share and the centrepieces.
photo credits: No. 5 Duo linen placemat for two $15.95 USD at CB2
I hope this small round-up will give ideas on how you can dress your table for Thanksgivings.
After 5 years of covering the Fourth of July party scene, I must confess that I have a feeling of déjà vu. I found two DIY projects that you can do with the kids. I feel that it is always important to involve them with family celebrations.
Star and Stripes Garland Kit $10.50 USD at Paper Source | USA Party mega kit by Lindsay’s Stamp Stuff $4.80 at MyGrafico
Many of you will celebrate the Fourth of July at a cottage. This is why I present two festive tabletops by the lakeside. Both of these tables are made of plain white tableware mixed with galvanized metal containers. The key is to add a festive touch through the accessories.
Light pendants that float over the dining table are a must if your party will continue after the sun is down. Select a model that will also look great during the day. I have my doubt about the Southern Living set up. Do the bamboo sticks will stay up against the wind or with people moving around them? But you could recycle the principle with the sticks put on the ground.
photo: Jennifer Davick for Southern Living
The second table has a different feel. I like the general feel of this BBQ Burger table except for the flower centrepiece. I would replace it with the pinwheel centrepiece.
photo: Pottery Barn
How and where will you celebrate this weekend? And if you created an innovative design for your Fourth of July celebrations, make sure to send me the details.
Who says the everyday can’t be artful? These images by Swedish still-life photographer Carl Kleiner caught our eye when we recognized a few iconic Ikea kitchen pieces in the compositions.
The photographer behind Ikea’s Homebaked is Best recipe book , Carl Kleiner is known for his minimialist, graphic approach, yet these photos have their share of charm too thanks to a few hidden faces in the table settings.
Not only will we be taking inspiration from these when its time to set the table for our next dinner party – at least when it comes to colour and pattern –, we’d also love to see the photos available as prints. They’d make a great option for colourful artwork in the kitchen.
+ All photos by Carl Kleiner
+ Via Creative Review
Look closely at this table and you should find a few ideas to steal if you are hosting an adult or kids party around an art theme. For instance, use the art materials as your props to design your dinner place settings. They used Chinese calligraphy brushes.
Mixing the art supplies with your table design enables you to jump right away into the party theme. It is an important point if you wish to have enough time to do the activities and serve dinner.
+ Delicious Table details from H.D. Buttercup’s blog
Let’s face it, the easiest way to throw a BBQ is to serve burgers. The preparation and the cooking is stress-free. Plus, it is affordable. Everyone loves a good burger. You can be creative with your recipes. Chefs elevated the burgers with new recipes. There are a lot of ways for you to make your burger feels special. My husband and I cook our version of the Parisian burgers.
Event planner Marla Brown designed last month a beautiful Burger BBQ Party tablescape for her Party of Month column on the blog of HGTV.ca. A hydroponic wheat grass runner brings a fresh look and feel to your dining table. The wheat grass delivers form and function. You can easily stick items on the wheat grass to create your centerpieces, to serve appetizers on skewers, hold the condiment containers and for dessert, to display tons of fresh fruit skewers or cake pops.
Repetition is key. To will achieve a refined look by using the same containers for all your conditions. The containers do not have to be expensive to look stylish but keep in mind the easy access to the various condiments before selecting which container will are going to use.
For more tips on how to do your own version, watch a video about the making of this burger BBQ party. Marla shared excellent tips that will make it easy for you.
+ Summer Burger Party Theme from Style Sheet, the blog of HGTV.ca
+ Photos by Christine Kufske
I got you last-minute tabletop inspirations for Easter. This design is based on bird and nest to pair with the housewarming food presentation ideas that I presented earlier this week.
All you need to create an impact is a few tableware items based on your theme. You could go with an Easter bunny or a “bird in a nest” salad plate next to a “birds on a tree” salt and pepper set. Continue Reading
If you’ve ever struggled to pull together a colourful and cohesive tabletop, there’s a new online tool that can help you think beyond basic bowls and chargers to create a layered look with texture and pattern.
You likely already know Anthropologie for their amazing store displays (truly, no two stores are alike) and ever-changing collection of clothing and accessories. This charm extends to a unique collection of hand-crafted housewares.
Their online tabletop design tool showcases the colourful glassware and dishes the store is known for, and encourages creativity when it comes to designing table settings – whether for everyday use or pretty parties. It’s a great way to experiment with colour and texture to find your unique style. You can choose from a variety of “backgrounds” in neutral linen shades, then layer on the pieces that catch your eye. You can also save your designs for future reference or share them via social networking sites.
While every one needs a good set of basic white dishes to serve as a blank canvas, this app will have you clamouring for a few colourful pieces to add to your collection.
+ Tabletop Design Tool on Anthropolgie
Stylish placemats are ideal for a casual chic event. I look for placemats that are easy to clean like the ones made by Chilewich. The Spring/Summer 2011 is filled with beautiful patterns. I am partially fond of the driftwood pattern from the faux-bois series. It is superb against modern white tableware. There is also a faux birch and a faux walnut.
The Fade Print collection is available in 8 colors from stone tones (slate, brownstone, onyx) to bold hues like fuschia, aruba (turquoise), and cucumber. Just looking at the cucumber, make me dream of a summer picnic.
The Oval Mini Basketweave tablemats will please the modernists. I love it! I like to know who made these cute pastel bowls.
Finally, you can now get stainless steel napkin rings with an inlay made of a strip of the classic mini basketweave pattern. It’s a nice touch. The placemat is called Kono. Placemats come as a square or a rectangle and there is a matching table runner.
+ Driftwood / Faux-bois tablemat $12 USD
+ Fade Print tablemat $16.50 USD
+ Oval Mini Basketweave tablemat $16 USD
+ Stainless Steel Napkin Ring $18 USD
+ Kono tablemat – square $13, rectangle $15, runner $47 USD
I love this idea from Josée Di Stasio, a very popular cookbook author, television host and chef in Quebec. She explained in the French edition of Chatelaine how to make your own frosted rosemary sprigs. You can use the frosted rosemary in your centerpiece or to decorate a serving plate.
Add a few drops of water to an egg white. Lightly whip it. Cover the rosemary sprig with the egg white mixture using your hands or a brush. Turn each sprig on a plate filled with sugar until it is fully covered. Let it dry on a cookie pan. To prolong their shelf life, put them on the fridge before usage.
More Recipes from Josée Di Stasio
You can find 5 recipes of savory holiday treats on the English Web site of Chatelaine. Lastly, if you are looking for a cookbook filled with recipes that you will do over and over, grab a copy of her A la Di Stasio cookbook. This is from that cookbook that I adapted my 2-Minute Smoked Salmon Mousse Recipe.
+ A la Di Stasio cookbook $18.77 CAD at Amazon.ca [affiliate link]
+ photo: Louise Savoie for Chatelaine, Édition spéciale Décembre 2010
Since Thanksgiving is the culmination of the harvest season, it seems only “natural” to find tabletop inspiration in nature. With a few materials and a bit of creativity, fruit, vegetables, leaves and nuts can be fashioned into charming place cards that add a personal touch to your table – even if you don’t have a lot of time.
For our American readers who will celebrate Thanksgiving on Thursday, I collected four easy yet impact full ideas that will leave you plenty of time to socialize with guests and snack on stuffing and squash.
+ Simple is often the most sophisticated. Crisp leaves get a glittery touch by writing your guest’s names in gold ink in these two very different tabletop looks. The high contrast of sculpting your own conifers against a brown leaf – like Kate Pruitt did for Design*Sponge (top picture) – is fresh and contemporary.
The warm, tone-on-tone approach of writing the name on a simple leaf is more suitable for a casual gathering with friends.
+ Pinecones and acorns are in abundance at this time of year. Pair them with a note of gratitude – either handwritten or printed on card stock – for a thoughtful place card option.
+ Miniature pumpkins are a versatile option for festive Thanksgiving decorating. Use a harvest-hued marker to write guest names on chic miniature white pumpkins, they layer them at each setting with a pretty napkin and scatter a few leaves. Alternatively, guests can claim their spot at the table with personalized flags created from festive ribbon or card stock. Cut them to size, glue them to a toothpick and stick in a gourd or pumpkin.
+ Finally, the Pilgrim caps were done by painting terracotta flowerpots.
+ Clay Conifer Placecard from Design*Sponge
+ Leaf Placecard from Sunset Magazine
+ DIY Pinecone Placecard Tutorial from Honey We’re Home
+ Felted Acorn Placecards from Southern Living
+ Ribbon Placecards from Better Homes and Gardens
+ Pilgrim Cap Place Cards from Better Homes and Gardens