You’re hosting a Thanksgiving gathering for the extended family. You want to set a table that’s refined and elegant but not too fussy. A table that makes loved ones feel merry and comfortable.
“Go for maximum impact with minimum effort, keep shapes and forms simple,” says Susan Spungen, author of “What’s a Hostess To Do?” and culinary consultant for films such as “Julie & Julia” and “It’s Complicated.”
Sculptural and versatile carafes, vases and platters can all serve as centerpieces. (Even better – they'll last through Hanukkah, Christmas and New Year’s.) Then add natural elements to create an authentic mood.
“When it comes to Thanksgiving, I use all sorts of fruits and gourds to decorate, because that’s the way it used to be,” says Camille Saum, an interior designer in Bethesda Md. Using well-made, long-lasting pieces with natural elements is also a way to honor an American tradition four centuries after the first Thanksgiving. So set your table, and then say thanks.
Ideas for dressing up your dining room: