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Thanksgiving Tabletop: A Study in Indigo

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Thanksgiving Tabletop: A Study in Indigo

Erin Boyle November 26, 2014

My idea of Thanksgiving tabletop styling heaven would be to swing open the porch door, clippers in hand, and head outdoors to snip branches and brambles for a woodland-inspired design.

But in reality? I live in Brooklyn, and for garden greenery I head to New York City’s finest bodega flower shops. The good news is it’s still possible to put together a Thanksgiving tabletop that  looks as if it’s straight from the garden:

Photography by Erin Boyle.

Above: For Thanksgiving, I want to eschew all of the rusts and golds and oranges in favor of subtler hues of green and white and blue. To keep fussiness to a minimum, I’ll bundle sets of vintage flatware with linen napkins, do away with place mats, choose tiny cloth coasters to offset wine glasses, and make miniature bouquets from grocery store greens.

Above: I found light indigo colored napkins for $10 apiece in the newly redone basement shop at ABC Carpet & Home in Manhattan. Similar Indigo Blue Linen Napkins are available from Maalikaa Creations on Etsy; $19.20 each.

Above: Instead of using place mats or a tablecloth, I decided on cloth coasters from the Fog Linen Shop. A similar set of six Navy Seersucker Coasters is $30 from Shop Fog Linen. 

Above: Simple white dishes are my go-to for tabletops in any season. Here, I used Muji’s Beige Porcelain Plates;; $10.50 each.

Above: For the greens, I chose seeded eucalyptus, rosemary, hypericum, all purchased from a local grocery store. In short, squat vessels, the tiny arrangements add spots of greenery to each setting, without crowding the table. For similar glasses, see 10 Easy Pieces: Basic Drinking Glasses.

Above: I used a set of vintage silverware, tied in jute bundles around my napkin. 

Interested in a step-by-step details for the napkin rings? See DIY: Botanical Napkin Rings.

For more tabletop inspiration, see A Foraged Botanical Tabletop.

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