A harvest table
for a Thanksgiving or fall feast is all about celebrating
nature's bounty and spending time with those you love.
In creating the perfect setting, use treasured serving
pieces passed from one generation to the next, or use
nature as your inspiration. It's all meant to convey
a feeling of warmth and love. Here are some suggestions.
There’s nothing like a beautiful floral arrangement
to perk up a table. The idea originated with a tiny
heirloom pudding container. If you have something similarly
charming, place an oasis into it; add a collar of sheet
moss and a maple leaf. Remember this is supposed to
be whimsical, reflecting the plethora of wonderful colours
Make sure when you go shopping to go with your gut,
just like I’ve done when selecting the table covers.
When I bought them, I wasn’t sure about the colour,
but the leaf pattern caught my eye, and, once down on
the table, they worked perfectly. Cottage china can
be very chic, like our yellow glaze with the terracotta
borders. Try to find a cutlery that matches your rustic
and hearty dinner. The same goes for glassware, for
which water and wine goblets will work nicely.
Here’s a quick trick napkin fold idea: using
complementary-coloured napkins, such as sage green,
open them up, place them onto your middle finger, then
pull down, fold, and invert. Take a small maple leaf,
some strawberry leaves, a tiny Chinese lantern, and
assemble together with floral tape into a boutonniere,
which can be placed in the napkin.
For place cards, use tiny pumpkins. Add a small piece
of paper, perhaps cut into a leaf motif and write the
guest’s name on it. A flourish of green ribbon,
a nice colour contrast, and they go great above every
Add some candles, choosing colours that go along with
the harvest theme, place them on a leaf, which prevents
the wax from spilling across your gorgeous, vintage
Finally, don’t forget to give thanks to your
guests for sharing this special evening with you. Place
take-home gifts packaged in small, cotton fibre sacks,
with a tiny ribbon detail, on each guest’s side
plate. Of course, the trick is what you put in them,
so why not fill them with pumpkin seeds?
You’ll be running around like a proud, stuffed
turkey when you see the way this beautiful harvest table
has come together.