Thanksgiving Inspiration From Local Party Professionals

Need some Thanksgiving inspiration? We’ve got you covered. We asked a few of our party planner friends to design their ideal holiday table and tell us, in their own words, what makes it so special. Whether you’re hosting an intimate or lavish Thanksgiving celebration, these tablescapes will offer you some stunning inspiration to welcome your guests in style.

Thanksgiving Inspiration From Local Party Professionals

Martha and Malcolm Greenwood, Big Events

“We started with the color inspiration of copper backs from magnolia leaves and rich colors of an antique pheasant pelt that I found in an antique store — the warm colors of fall, bourbon and a fireplace. We played off these in copper dahlias, Sahara roses, brown sedum and millet, along with golden velvet linens. Liberty Party Rental was gracious to donate the rentals. Ravenswood [Mansion] provided the beautiful setting on the porch, and the paper goods came from Hester & Cook.”

Thanksgiving Inspiration From Local Party Professionals

Mary Huddleston, Mrs. Southern Social/Please Be Seated 

“I love the unexpected color combination in this table. I wanted something that felt unmistakably fall but fresh at the same time. Navy and marigold are a fun twist on the classic Thanksgiving palette and also provide a great base for earthier elements, like the chargers and flatware. Block prints are definitely having a moment, and they're great to have in your linen closet, because you can really dress them up or down. Mixing textures on your table is an easy way to achieve a more interesting, layered look. The assorted flowers, stamped glassware, wicker and wood accents all serve that purpose, but sticking to three core colors (navy, marigold, brown) keeps it cohesive. Well-Kept wipes as place cards are a useful and cheeky nod to 2020. They're disinfecting wipes, so I know that everyone will use them!”

Thanksgiving Inspiration From Local Party Professionals

Amos Gott, AmosEvents

"With any event I plan, I always start with something that will serve as the inspiration for the overall design — whether it’s a particular color that my client loves or an antique piece that has meaning to the event. For this Thanksgiving tablescape, I chose the plates as my foundation and then began layering the table by mixing old and new elements together. I wanted texture under the plates, so I chose to work with placemats of dried leaves to bring in autumnal colors. Then, I accented the plates with whimsical deer head flatware and anchored the look with heirloom crystal. For the centerpiece, I like to design fall arrangements with the textures and colors that represent the season. I like to start with what’s readily available, like cuttings from the yard or findings at a local pumpkin patch. Then, I incorporate unexpected floral elements, like pale yellow sunflowers edged with red and geranium leaves, into the arrangement. That creative flair is always a great conversation starter!”

Thanksgiving Inspiration From Local Party Professionals

Mark O’Bryan, The Tulip Tree

“The tabletop features china, silver and other accessories I have collected over time. I love these colors in my red dining room. I am very traditional and love beautiful things. Using what you have expresses who you are and the way you live.”

Thanksgiving Inspiration From Local Party Professionals

Jenny Richter Corts, Jenny Richter Events

“The inspiration for my fall tablescape was my newly finished porch (with the ongoing pandemic, we have been spending a lot of time outside on the porch), two emerald green pitchers given to me by my sisters and my Royal Crown Derby plates. I love mixing things together for a fun, eclectic, fresh look! I embraced the varying corals and greens in my china and porch and really wanted the tablescape to mirror this. Don’t be afraid to use what you have. I mixed casual elements from my kitchen with my formal china and Christofle silver. Your table should be completely your own, not like anyone else’s! My china is versatile for any time of year. However,  I have added beautiful blooms from The Tulip Tree, Kelly’s coral taper candles, Kim Seybert embroidered dinner napkins and napkin rings (both from Corzine & Co.) to create a special fall look!”

Thanksgiving Inspiration From Local Party Professionals

Libby Page and Dana Windrow, Page and Windrow

“The holidays — and fall, especially — are such a fun time to get colorful, creative and personal with your décor, so we used family items to set the table. The colors of fall are so vibrant, so we decided to use the deep amethyst-colored water glasses to pair with the clear wine glasses for contrast and a traditional touch and to complement the seasonal flowers from The Tulip Tree that we placed in an inherited raised crystal compote that was our centerpiece. We used Libby and Ben’s wedding china that they registered for over 40 years ago to utilize what’s in the cupboard, proving that what you register for with your wedding can be used for years and seasons to come! These brass inkwells used as place cards are great conversation starters that can be paired with Val Cole calligraphed cards.”