A beautifully set table makes any meal a special occasion — and what dinner could be more important than Thanksgiving? Pull out all the stops and set a table that's dressed to impress whether your style is modern, traditional or country.
Setting an impressive table for guests is easier than you may think. Start with the dinner plate, top it with a folded napkin and the salad plate. The knife and spoon go to the right of the plate, the fork on the left. Above the plate, wine and water glasses go on the right, a bread plate on the left with the dessert fork and spoon directly above the plate. Design by Manvi Drona-Hidalgo, Mochatini, photo by Lawrence Luk.
Rely on natural elements (and handy-dandy hot glue) to put the finishing touch on your fall table. Attach acorn caps to a basic napkin ring and disguise a past-its-prime charger with silk magnolia leaves.
Kick Up the Drama
Designer Erinn Valencich sets the stage for an oh-so-chic fall get-together by layering rustic elements with glamorous touches like gold-rimmed crystal plates, gilt-lined votives and an antique French settee. Low centerpieces of tightly bunched burgundy and chartreuse flowers pop against the room's rich aubergine palette.
Add Some Sparkle
Designer Erinn Valencich relies on the shimmer of metallics for her Thanksgiving table. Bronze glass plates, golden glasses and beaded placemats bring on the glamour. Photo courtesy of Bobbi Fabian.