Looking for other ways to dazzle your table? Read on for what design experts recommend.
Show your metal
Try adding succulents to your table’s floral dressings — and not only for extra color and texture. “Succulents bring a more casual feel to the table,” says Bronwen Smith, owner and lead designer at B Floral. Not a succulent person? If you prefer displaying fall-friendly pumpkins, but don’t like their orange hue, Smith also suggests spray painting them in a metallic color. “It can look very chic,” she says.
Make your food pop!
Proper food styling adds extra pizazz to the overall tablescape. For instance, present your turkey on a bed of bay leaves or olive branches. “You have a brown turkey in contrast with those beautiful green leaves — it really makes that turkey pop,” says Sean Dooley, a food and events stylist. For extra flair, add pomegranate seeds to Brussels sprouts, kumquat garnishes to cranberry sauce, or serve a dish of rainbow carrots. “Just those little things really help elevate your table.”
Play the name game
Name cards don’t need to be made professionally, or with fine stationery. “[You] can find beautiful paper at any store, from Michaels to HomeGoods,” says Natalie Kraiem, of Natalie Kraiem Interiors — one of this year’s designers at Holiday House NYC. She suggests crafting the cards with layered paper — say, black card stock over a metallic print for a shiny border. Then, write each name with a metallic-colored Sharpie. “Even though it’s more basic, it’s still beautiful because it’s the hand touch.”
Know how to fold ’em
Feeling stressed over that perfect napkin fold? Don’t. Unravel a paper napkin, grab it by the center, then stuff it in a wine glass. “It pops out like a flower; it’s decoration that’s totally unintentional,” says Jennifer Potter, co-founder of Fête Home. Also worried that your Thanksgiving guests won’t get along? Fête Home sells printed party crackers (six for $ 30 at FeteHome.com), which contain cards printed with ice-breaker questions, such as “What’s your go-to song at karaoke?” Place them on each plate and guests “will start really interesting dinner party conversations,” Potter says.