A Grateful Spread

Set a serene scene for your thanksgiving celebration with rustic centerpieces, lovely linens, and personal touches. your loved ones will feel special even before the first course is served.


Text By Jennifer Tung
Photos by JOhnny Miller Created by Tonya Graff and Silke Stoddard art direction by KATIE FIELD
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Put your Stamp on it: Block-printed linens are costly to buy but surprisingly simple to make. With little more than textile paint, muslin fabric, and woodblock stamps, a personalized setting is close at hand. We went with a botanical motif, but choose whatever appeals to you.
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Take a break from fussing with formal floral centerpieces, and display wispy dried branch stalks in different vases. For a snow-kissed look, lay them on paper and spray them with white floral paint be-fore arranging.
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Consider your setting: A unique combo of colors and a loose mix of materials make a dining table feel relaxed and inviting but still celebratory. Here, vintage yellowware pie dishes serve as unconventional dinner plates, and individual cutting boards hold bread and salt dishes; for a stylish touch, wind ribbon around their handles. (When block-printing napkins, mix colors and patterns to add to your table's eclectic vibe.)
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Reimagine a wreath: Elevate a buffet table or entryway with a simple bough arrangement that you can pull together yourself. Arrange four sturdy branches (these are eucalpytus) on a table, and wrap them together with floral wire. Add lighter stalks (here, ‘Purple Majesty’ millet), and hang the display on a wall with a ribbon. Affix smaller dried plants and flowers, such as Echinops and centaurea pods, as pops of color. (If you don't want to nail another hook into your wall, take down a painting or mirror and hang this in its place.)
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Add form and function: Vintage and reproduction Dutch tiles offer personality—and cover lots of bases. Arrange them in clusters, or in a band down the center of the table, and use them as trivets, or place them individually as coasters. (For a variety of antique styles like these, search for "Delft tiles" on eBay or Etsy.)
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Create mood lighting: With a quick dip in tinted wax, even simple tapers turn into works of art. Just lower the ends into melted colored wax and let them dry. Then keep things interesting by placing them in an assortment of candlesticks: Some of these are vintage; others are from a crafts store. (This dipping technique works on pillar candles, too. Center them on Dutch tiles, which will catch any melted wax.)