November 23, 2011 / Leave a Comment
Happy day before Thanksgiving, friends!
To get you in the mood for Turkey Day and start your long weekend off on a high note, today we’re featuting a beautiful fall table designed by Mara Marian-Harwood of Events By LMG. Whether your’re planning a fall wedding or just need some last-minute decor ideas for tomorrow’s spread, you’ll be inspired by her elegant design. (p.s. Spring brides, this design can work for you too! Read on for Mara’s advice on taking this table from fall to spring.) Enjoy the feast for the eyes!
Beautiful! Mara shares the secrets to recreating this look, plus some of her top decor tips:
I recently designed this table and shared some great ideas and insight for designing your fall-season wedding on KUTV 2. These ideas can also easily be translated to your Thanksgiving table design. Here are three simple ideas and tips to keep in mind when planning your fall wedding or Thanksgiving decor:
1. Get Creative with Color
Don’t feel obligated to incorporate orange into you color palette. I chose to use a rich chocolate brown as my base color and accented it with pops of ivory and sage. The colors combine to create an obviously fall palette that feels fresh and unexpected. (If you’re planning a spring wedding, swap the sage for a shade of peach–easy as pie!) When trying to steer clear of traditional orange and burgundy, look outdoors and play off what you see in nature. Your colors should be muted and natural in tone.
2. Consider Natural Elements
One of the obvious signs of fall are the gorgesou color changes in the leaves, and the trees that remain bare. I love to incorporate branches within my floral arrangements and decor at this time of year. Orchid Dynasty created the centerpiece on our table consisting of contorta branches (locally grown), snow berries, dusty miller, smoke bush leaves, Quicksand and Sahara roses, and moss. Our large centerpiece is complimented by matching chair arrangements that we strung from the back of our Chiavari chairs. The chair florals add an elegant touch to an otherwise rustic-feeling tablescape.
3. Let Party Rental Pros Fill in the Blanks
Turn to a party rental company for linens, extra tables and chairs, even china, glasses, and flatware. Party rentals are less expensive than you might think. RSVP Party Rentals provided tables, chairs, linens, china, glasses, and flatware for this table. Often, you find yourself with many more guests than your china cabinet can accommodate–renting china and glassware will allow you to serve dinner on matching plates alongside matching stemware to a home full of your family and friends.
Remember, above all else, the purpose of your Thanksgiving meal–don’t get too hung up on the design and the details, and enjoy the holiday with your family. Cheers!
Thank you, Mara, for sharing this table design and your decor tips! For more on this tablescape, check out Mara’s video from the KUTV 2 segment:
To all our brides, grooms, vendors, and dear readers, we wish you a very happy Thanksgiving!