I love to host a big Friendsgiving feast at my home every year, but I'll admit that the preparation and set-up can be a little overwhelming. Every year I want to make the tablescape bigger and better than the year before, but clearly without having to spend a ton of money.
Aside from choosing a really good guy, one of the best things I did when I got married ten years ago was to select really amazing wedding China. I kept the dinner plate really simple - white with a thin gold rim - and I indulged in a bold (but timeless) salad plate. With such a simple dinner plate, it's been easy for me to change up my tablescape year after year without having to invest in new sets. I really only need to swap out a salad plate, or change up the linens or floral centerpiece to give my table a fresh new look.
We spent a wine-filled morning putting together three beautiful table settings using my trusty white and gold dinner plate with each look.
Look #1 - Holiday Brunch with the Girls
Of the three looks, our first table setting was by far the most feminine and just screamed holiday brunch with the girls. We used a soft turquoise charger by Skyros Designs (which you can find here), followed by my white and gold dinner plate and finally a vintage salad plate that I inherited from my grandmother, Opal (part of our namesake!). We topped off the plates with a rolled linen napkin and gold napkin ring, almost in the shape of a bow. Using vintage plates is a great way to bring in some color and allows you to mix and match without investing in a full set.
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Look #2 - Rustic Thanksgiving with friends
We love this rustic, casual table setting, which is funky and fun for a Friendsgiving feast. Swapping out cloth napkins is a cheap and easy way to change up a look and these black and white checked napkins are so versatile and not super specific to one holiday. We added fresh rosemary and cinnamon sticks and wrapped the linens in twine, which not only adds some visual interest but makes the table smell incredible.
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Look #3 - Traditional, yet glamorous, table
This third look is my personal favorite of the bunch. I love that we used a white table cloth and then a velvet place mat to create additional layers of texture and color. And well the place setting is just magical. We used a gold scalloped charger, which you can find at a number of local retailers (like these from Pier 1 for only $4.95) and really elevate your holiday table. On top of the trusty white dinner plate is my wedding China, which is Royal Crown Derby. The orange, red and green palette just screams Thanksgiving to me. We kept the napkin simple so as not to distract from the place setting.
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Seriously, if there is one takeaway from this post, it's to invest in a quality, classic dinner plate. Here are a few white plates with gold rim that would be perfect with any place setting:
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Let's face it, we love to dress up our dining tables for the holidays, but if you still want the look without having to lift a finger, be sure to check out our friends at The Curated Table. These ladies are renting tablescapes just in time for the holidays and literally do all the work for you! The holidays are stressful, so why not take one thing off your plate - like the plates!!