The idea of swinging open my porch door—clippers in hand—and setting forth to merrily snip branches and brambles for a woodland-inspired tabletop is my idea of Thanksgiving tabletop styling heaven.
But the reality is different. For garden greenery, I schlepped to New York City's finest bodega flower shops on a tiny budget (to say nothing of the tiny tabletop I have to work with).
Are you also looking for Thanksgiving tabletop ideas that like they've been freshly plucked from the garden, but actually hail from the corner grocery store? Consider this your post.
Photographs by Erin Boyle.
Above: Photography shot with the Canon EOS 70D digital SLR camera, with Dual Pixel AF technology and built-in Wi-Fi.
For Thanksgiving this year, I'm feeling the need to eschew all of the rusts and golds and oranges in favor of a 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 entirely, choose tiny cloth coasters to offset wine glasses, and make miniature bouquets from grocery store greens.
Above: I found these 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; $20.83 each. For those on a more modest budget, Murphy Blue Napkins are on sale for $5.99 each from Crate and Barrel.
Above: Instead of using place mats or a tablecloth, I decided on cloth coasters from the Fog Linen Shop. A set of six Navy White Stripe 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 26-cm Beige Plate; $10.50 each.
Above: For the greens, I chose seeded eucalyptus, rosemary, hypericum, all purchased from my local grocery store. Given just enough water in the bottom of a short, squat vessels, they added spots of greenery to each setting, without crowding the table. Simple Tea Glasses are $10 from ABC Carpet & Home.
Above: I used a set of vintage silverware, tied in jute bundles around my napkins; a similar set of Vintage Flatware is $31.51 from Sandra's Corner Store on Etsy.
Interested in a step-by-step details for the napkin rings? Stay tuned.
For more tabletop inspiration see A Foraged Botanical Tabletop for Midsummer.