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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Trot out the Turkey

Hard to believe, but Thanksgiving is only one week away! This time next week you'll be going about your last minute errands and kitchen prep...or if you're lucky, sitting back and watching some football while someone else prepares you a lovely turkey dinner.

I love Thanksgiving tablescapes more than those for any other holiday because there's a certain focus on rustic elegance for Thanksgiving. You don't have to think about the sleekest, most modern design. The table shouldn't be stark or overly swank. You can have fun, embrace a little bit of turkey kitsch, and create something unabashedly inviting.

Here are a few of our favorite tablescapes...of course the first two are from the tablescape king himself, Eddie Ross, who always tends to walk that fine line between sophistication and invitingness with aplomb.

The baby pumpkins and gourds available at this time of year are one of my favorite economical ways to decorate. They last for weeks (through Christmas, at least) and I love how each one is unique and different.

These gold turkeys are something you'd see at the store and easily pass up as being too over the top. But when set at a weathered table the juxtaposition of refined and rustic is particularly striking.

Of course, you can still go elegant for Thanksgiving. The use of burgandy and gold orchids is a perfect example.

If you're still looking for a bit of turkey paraphernalia to jazz up your Thanksgiving table, here are a few suggestions.
Ironstone Transferware Platter, Etsy. We can't get enough of these turkey transferware platters.
Ironstone Transferware Turkey Platter - Vintage Royal Sealy

Vintage Thanksgiving Postcard, Etsy. You could blow these up and use them as placemats.
ANTIQUE THANKSGIVING POSTCARD - Sneaky Turkey Behind A White Feather, Trimmed In Silver Leaf, Pre-1920s

Botanical Turkey Placemats, Williams Sonoma. Lovely and reiminiscent of Audobon prints.
Botanical Turkey Placemats, Set of 4

Herend Turkey. An expensive proposition...but how cool would a row of these be down the center of a table?
Any plans for your Thanksgiving table or are you just going to wing it? (ha!). Do tell!

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