I’m one of those poor unfortunate people who were born completely devoid of fashion sense.
Seriously, when I go clothes shopping, I buy the outfit on the display mannequin from top to bottom. What’s even worse is that every time I wear that outfit, I’ll wear it exactly as it appeared on said mannequin.
While most of the time I have embraced my jeans, fitted tee and flip flop wearing personality (which is all just part of my unique charm, I assure you), there are other times, like Thanksgiving dinner, where I’d like to be able to pull together a slightly more elegant table setting.
I might not have been born with the trés chic gene, but I’m certainly living proof that an old dog can learn new tricks.
As the title of this article implies, when it doubt, KISS – you know, keep it simple stupid. The best part of design (whether it be clothing, furniture, or even web design) is that less is quite often more. This is great news if you are a little challenged in this department as I am, and it’s also very good news for your wallet!
Notice how elegant the table is, despite the fact that it’s quite simple. The table runner has a few colors in a simple stripe pattern. These colors are accented in the napkins, the wine goblets, and the candles. They added visual interest with layers of complimentary texture: the wood on the table, the table runner, the wicker place mats, the jute tied around the forks, the napkins, the decorations holding the candles in place, the leaves and the pine cones.
The napkins are folded simply and the only “decoration” comes in the form of a few scattered leaves and a small pinecone at each place setting. The finishing touch is simply a printed out copy of the menu tucked into each napkin.
This is design I can wrap my head around! By swapping out the candles for a nice cranberry color, removing the leaves, and using a clear colored wine goblet, this could easily double as a Christmas tablescape as well.
How do you set your Thanksgiving table? Have any simple design tips you can share?