Embracing a Small Thanksgiving

 

If you’re like me, you have a certain image of Thanksgiving dinner stuck in your mind, playing on a loop each and every day of November. It’s basically this: a large, happy group of family and friends crowded around a really long table, groaning under enormous plates of traditional food.

I’ve hosted this kind of Thanksgiving more times than I can count–needing to rent tables, borrow chairs from the neighbors, and fervently pray there’s enough cheese ball appetizer to go around. Besides the massive prep work and cleanup, big gatherings can be fun and exciting–and boisterous and silly. You get caught up in the sheer abundance of energy and celebration, and count yourself lucky to be in such good company.

But how do you feel about a small Thanksgiving gathering? Does it make you feel sad if you have to host or attend one? Do you feel pity for the friend who mentions that her Thanksgiving will be tiny when yours will likely be forty if the second cousins stay home?

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Setting the Table for Thanksgiving


Thanksgiving is the one holiday where a majority of Americans prepare and eat the very same meal on the very same day. Sure, there are endless variations on the stuffing, gravy, vegetables, and sides, but 88% of us will have a turkey, a pumpkin pie, and other traditional foods.

To add to that “sameness,” the media tends to use images of Thanksgiving tables dressed with plates, glassware, and napkins in orange, brown, and other harvest colors. You can almost smell the pumpkin spice latte candle burning in the center, surrounded by faux autumn leaves. Now, there’s nothing wrong with that at all. This brand of décor is appealing, comfortable, and seasonal.

But from a styling point of view, there are so many other options to consider—ones that reflect your personality and design vibe, and a willingness to mix tradition with some bolder choices. Here, we use our blue and white vintage plates with a very proud (and very alive!) turkey in the center. But we add the surprise of pale pink goblets, because there isn’t a rulebook that banishes pastels from a Thanksgiving table.

Personalize Your Thanksgiving Table Decor

If your style is more clean and modern, you might like the retro look of vintage stoneware, retro wine goblets, wood-handled flatware, and a few wooden accent pieces. The great thing about this design is that you can shop your local thrift store for great bargains on these 1970’s pieces and use them throughout the year. And because we’re a boutique rental company, we can’t resist mentioning that renting from collections like ours can be an easy and affordable way to try new styles for your holiday, without having to own, clean, or store all the “stuff!”

Finally, we wanted to showcase a favorite style of ours—mixing formal place settings with an unexpected rustic element. We started with elegant vintage china, silver flatware, and fancy gold-rimmed glassware. To take the predictable style to another level, we placed a porcelain bird on a rusty old food scale and draped it with a metallic gold garland. The result is unexpected and (in our opinion!) quite beautiful.

This year, don’t be shy about setting your table. If you have tableware, linens, or personal objects that are sentimental, quirky, and brimming with your unique personality, bring them to the table for everyone to see!

Want to customize your Thanksgiving table this year? Contact us today or select from our collection to complete your unique holiday tabletop design.

A Very Vintage 4th

Here are some photos from our Fourth of July styled shoot! We gave ourselves a challenge: to create a patriotic vintage vignette using select items from our inventory enhanced by household objects easily found in the average garage, attic, or basement. No plastic windsocks or tempting merchandise from the Target dollar bins! You’ll see in the photos that we started with a rusty red wagon from the garage as our focal point, added some blue-covered history books from our shelf, a stray brass eagle bookend, some blue-and-white plates, white goblets, and a red cake stand from the pantry and (last but not least) our adorable mutt Otis! Taking a shortcut, we picked up some festive desserts, but otherwise spent nothing on this easy-to-recreate backyard celebration.

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