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It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving day is only 3 weeks away! With all the preparation involved, if there’s one thing you can prepare ahead of time, that’s your tablescape. If you will be hosting Thanksgiving this year and need some tablescape inspiration, keeping reading!
Give thanks in style and see how you can create this white & gold Thanksgiving tablescape. If you follow me on Instagram, you may have already seen a sneak peek of the video I posted of this tablescape. Today, I’ll share how you can bring the unexpected elegance to the table by combining simple elements that sets the festive mood as you welcome your guests to the dinner table. Best of all, you may already own most of the items needed to recreate this table look!
Get the Look…
Infuse your thanksgiving table with a sense of glamorous sophistication! The clean and crisp white gave the table a classic feel and adding gold, gave a touch of shine and twinkle to the table – the duo color palette accentuates the elegant look.
Table Linen & Dinner Napkins:
- To help set the scene for a gathering with friends and family, I kept it simple, yet classy and elegant. Start off by dressing your table with a white tablecloth (I purchased mine from, here) and use coordinating dinner napkins. I placed the top portion of each dinner napkin underneath each dinner plate and let the remaining gently hang over the table.
- For your table setting, you will want to coordinate your look with gold-rimmed dinnerware, flatware and glassware. Let’s start out with the dinnerware. I found these stunning dinner plates and bowls from Home Goods. Guys, it was love at first sight!! If you don’t own gold-rimmed dinnerware, check these out from Dollar Tree! They sell them in a bulk of 12 which is great when hosting a large crowd!
- This past summer, for my birthday present, my mom, sister, and significant other, each purchased me these beautifully designed Lekoch white and gold flatware from Amazon, so that I can have a set of eight. When pairing these two items together, it gave off a sleek and luxurious look!
- For the wine and water glasses, I used my antique gold-rimmed ones I had for a while now. If you are looking for vintage gold-rimmed wine glasses, hop on over to Etsy, many sellers have a variety of styles available to purchase. Otherwise, you can find them here or here.
- Creating this table requires little tasks that can help you tackle! No flowers required on this table…no need to stop at the grocery store or the florist. If you want flowers, save those arrangements for other common areas in your home. If you’re one who loves white pumpkins (like I do) you may already have a few decorated around your house. Depending on the length of your table, grab a bunch of pumpkins in assorted sizes from medium to mini.
- For a glowing arrangement, add a few off-white unscented pillar candles (I purchased mine from Ikea). Place the candles on glass candle holders (similar ones found, here). By arranging and grouping the assorted sized pumpkins and candles down the center of your table, you will create a striking display that becomes a focal point on the dining table.
- While I did add white linen dinner napkins, I had to add these ‘Wine Turkey Pie’ – Rose Gold Foil Thanksgiving Napkins from Laura Hooper Calligraphy. Sometimes guests like to have a handy paper napkin available (wink, wink) and these are not only festive but pretty too!
- Put on the finishing touch to your Thanksgiving table by adding personalized place cards. I used the forks as my place card holder to display guest names. To coordinate with the color scheme, I went into my party stationery stash and used white place cards with a gold border.
Thank you for stopping by and I hope you’ve enjoyed my inspiration for preparing your Thanksgiving tablescape!
-Photos & Table Styling by Design by Occasion
An adult Halloween party just isn’t complete without a signature cocktail. In the spirit of halloween, we created a libation fueled with mulled blackberries and blueberries for a delicious halloween cocktail! Find the recipe at the end of this post.
To evoke a halloween holiday vibe, craft a batch of this wicked cocktail, I named ‘Violet Haze’. Pour the chilled cocktail in a traditional, yet sophisticated black glassware. Add to the ambiance and set your pre-made cocktails on an old silver tray and attach your hand designed label so when your guests arrive, they can self-serve.
Speaking of ambiance, did you catch my Halloween tablescape inspiration from last week’s post?
Enchanting Hallows’ Eve magic is ready for any moonlit masquerade or bewitching bash.
Cheers and have a Happy Halloween!
-Photos + Recipe by Rose Angel Lopez
- 4 fresh Blackberries, plus more for garnishing
- 6 fresh Blueberries
- 2 oz. Chambord
- 1 oz. Blueberry Stoli Vodka
- ½ oz. Grand Marnier
- Ginger Ale
- Ice Cubes
- Fill a drink shaker with muddled blackberries and blueberries. Then fill with ice cubes; add next 4 ingredients. Cover and shake vigorously. Strain into a chilled glass. Top off with a splash of Ginger Ale, gently stir. Garnish with blackberries, if desired.
- Serve immediately.
When Halloween arrives in eight days, consider an eerie yet sophisticated styled themed tablescape.
When I was thinking how I would style this year’s halloween tablescape inspiration, I had an idea in mind however, as I was gathering decor pieces, I found my concept changed to this…I call it ‘Dark Garden’. It all started with this black and grey floral fabric that I purchased from JoAnn fabrics. Since the pattern of the fabric is designed with large blooms, I decided against a floral centerpiece and instead inserted a silver dollar bunch into a large glass dome and for a bit of magical twinkle, I wrapped my battery operated LED fairy string lights inside. For a lustrous glow, I added a pair of tall and short crow candle holders. When guests make their way to the dinner table, they can find their name on place cards. For an eerie factor, I adhered each place card on one of these miniature skeleton chairs.
Vibrant tones of gold against an enchanting black make for a rich Halloween tablescape. For a sophisticated style, I used my gold and black rim dinner bowls – perfect for serving this delicious and festive looking Halloween Pumpkin Pasta! I paired the bowls with my antique gold flatware. In keeping with the ‘dark garden’ theme (hence no beautiful flowers), I folded my black denim dinner napkins and placed my gold flatware inside. I tucked them inside black pails and inserted natural spanish moss and a stem of silver dollar. Adjacent to the pails, a white pumpkin was placed inside each dinner bowl. To complete my table setting, I used my vintage black wine glasses (similar ones found, here and here).
Get dressed up in costume and invite your friends over! I hope this has inspired you to create your own dark garden halloween themed tablescape!!
For a look at my other Halloween tablescape inspiration from years past, check out these posts:
- Moody, Romantic Halloween Tablescape
- Pink & Black Gal-oween Tablescape
- Not Halloween but Glamoween Tablescape
-Photos + Styling by Rose Angel Lopez
For a closer look, check out the video below!
Background music: Soundtrack to Hocus Pocus, Dr Stiig
Cookbooks are not my only source for finding delicious recipes. In fact, I am always intrigued at trying out recipes I find on Pinterest! If you have a recipe that looks good, I’m down for giving it a try!
While visiting Trader Joe’s a couple of weeks ago, I came across their sweetened dried orange slices and automatically thought how good these would taste (and look) on top of a orange flavored cake. Since we are in cranberry season, I searched for recipes that included these two ingredients. I found this Cranberry Orange Cream Cheese Poundcake recipe via Key Ingredient.
Rather than the poundcake version, I used my muffin pans to bake these. I can’t tell you how moist and flavorful they were!! Not only did our kitchen smell like citrus goodness, one bite of these muffins and our taste buds exploded with the burst of orange and cranberry flavor combination! I placed one of the sweetened dried orange slices on top of each muffin that not only served as a decorative touch but an added flavor to enhance the orange taste.
Whether you’re looking for a dessert recipe to serve this holiday season or simply delicious muffins to enjoy, I highly recommend you try this recipe. I did alter the recipe by adding 1 tbsp of freshly squeezed orange juice to the wet batter and instead of fresh cranberries, I used Craisins. Additionally, for the glaze, I used this recipe that called for the following ingredients:
- 1 1/2 cup Confectioners Sugar
- 1 tbsp freshly squeezed orange juice
- 1 tbsp orange zest
- 1 tbsp milk
- 1/4 tsp. pure vanilla extract
-Photos by Rose Angel Lopez
While the early evenings of fall may be brisk and cool, that doesn’t mean we should pack away our outdoor furniture. Instead, there are a few simple things you can incorporate (which you may already own) to create a cozy and warm outdoor space! Once you have transitioned your space from summer to fall, bring on the party!
Celebrate the season with my seasonal snacks, cocktail, and fall decor ideas.
Seasonal Treat Tray.
Let’s start out with snacks, shall we! I think fall is the perfect time to indulge in its seasonal flavors. For this savory snack blend, I used everything with apple and pumpkin flavors. I wanted to create something similar to charcuterie board – the concept being you build your tray by adding a variety of small amounts of snack items in a cluster form. It’s a tray that will attract anyone who loves sweet and/or salty!
Here is what I used to create this sweet and salty tray filled with savory seasonal delights:
- Archer Farms Cinnamon Apple Chips
- Archer Farms Pumpkin Spice Trail Mix
- Nature’s Basket Sweet Potato Pumpkin Tortilla Chips
- Werther’s Original Pumpkin Spice Soft Caramels
- Archer Farms Pumpkin Spice Pretzels
- Archer Farms Pumpkin Spice Caramel Corn
Fall-flavored Dessert & Signature Cocktail.
Next up, dessert and a cocktail! You guessed it…I continued my autumn flavors with this pumpkin cake. You can either purchase your pumpkin or apple flavored baked goods or bake one. If you prefer to bake something, check out this pumpkin cranberry bread recipe. For other options, check out this post where I featured the best pumpkin recipes to try. Whether you’re hosting a casual gathering or elaborate party – offer your guests a signature themed cocktail you prepared. Since this is an outdoor gathering, you may want to serve something warm, like this apple cider hot toddy or this cinnamon-pumpkin toddy.
Festive & Seasonal Entertaining Essentials.
To celebrate the season, pull out any of your fall kitchen entertaining essentials. I used my white and gold owl cake stand. I purchased my stand last year from Home Goods but found a similar one online here and here.
To keep you and your guests warm from the crisp fall air, toss a few throws in a basket and have them near your outdoor sofa or chair so that they can be easily accessible. For other ideas to keep your guests warm…break out your outdoor patio heater or fire pit. Not shown in any of today’s featured pics is our propane patio heater. We are looking to purchase a new one since ours is no longer working.
The simplest way to add fall festive touches are with with pumpkins, but of course! I placed a small pumpkin on our outdoor ceramic accent stool and another one on the ottoman tray.
Decor & Colors.
I prefer neutral tones for our outdoor living furniture because it is easier to transition from season to season. You can easily reflect the colors of the season in your decorative toss pillows, florals and decor accent pieces. I brought in a purple colored mum and purchased this faux dahlia, rose & hydrangea arrangement that came in a pretty container – designed with a gold-leaf accent (currently on sale/clearance!)
To mimic the golden colors of floral arrangement, I placed these preserved eucalyptus and silver dollar bundle in a clear vase on top of the bar cart (also on sale now!) The bundle came wrapped with a piece of burlap fabric, so in keeping with the fall vibe, I covered the inside of the vase by placing the burlap inside. This gave the vase an earthy and rustic look.
For other natural decor pieces, I brought out my driftwood and placed it on ottoman tray.
While it’s not time yet for us to change our clocks back, you may have noticed that it’s already starting to get a little darker, earlier. Bring out your patio lights and if you don’t own any, place plenty of candlelights throughout your outdoor space. I pulled out my lanterns for the side tables and hurricanes for the outdoor dining table.
I hope you enjoyed our outdoor living tour, how I transitioned our outdoor deck to the fall season and some ideas on fall flavored treats and sips!
Happy Fall and Happy Entertaining!!
-Photos + Styling by Rose Angel Lopez