The holidays feel different this year. Nathan and I moved from home so it is up to us to create our own traditions together. I loved Thanksgiving growing up; my Mom made the BEST food, always played this weird Latin music CD, and my Pop cracked way too many jokes. In hindsight, those are the best days of my life. Since I moved and my family did as well, my Mom gave me all of her dishes. I am so sentimental about them it is silly. So, true to my Mother, I created a predominately white Thanksgiving tablescape with pops of green and gold. I am naturally drawn to whites so it made sense, but I also have an aversion to all fall, burnt colors.
To make this feel special, I water colored name tags for each place setting along with a spring of seeded eucalyptus.
One of my biggest obsessions is lighting; lighting is EVERYTHING. Nothing kills a killer vibe faster then bad lighting. So I added lots of votives to assure a glowy evening.
I also decided to throw in how to formally set an informal table. I say informal because not every proper table setting will be included on my table. However this is the PROPER set up for forks, glasses, etc. It is hard to remember which side things go on!