A few weeks ago, the lovely Camille from the very creative Camille Styles site asked me if I wanted to be part of her "12 Tastes of Christmas" series. I already knew the recipe I wanted to contribute, one of my favorite from last year, a Homemade Gravlax And Prawn Crackers Appetizer. I also took the opportunity that it was Thanksgiving when she asked to come up with a pretty and sweet theme for the table setting.
I must say, I have a strong aversion for yellows and oranges. It's visceral. When Thanksgiving comes around, I always try to break out of the traditional yellow and orange center pieces. As far as I know, there is no rule that says you can't do purple to celebrate. The table set I created this year to solve that issue not only takes care of the usual Thanksgiving colors but also works perfectly for a different kind of Christmas.
I went to one of my favorite sites for table setting inspiration, Sunday Suppers and got inspired by various ideas here and there. The table runner was a couple of long pieces of burlap topped by a single slab of wood (neighbor's old fence). I gathered bottles of different sizes to play vases and added Fall-ish accents like nuts in their shells, Forelle pears and a few candles.
What I love is that it took literally no time and a small budget to put it all together and it was so much fun to do and look at throughout the day! The napkin rings slash place tags where made by printing tags on two different shades of blue and tie them up with some simple jute twine.
Anyway...I thought with all our posts about food, it might be nice to show the actual way we enjoy it during the holiday dinners. Hmm yes, I don't pull out the wedding china at every Sunday gathering! I am already thinking of ways to do a variation on that table setting for Christmas. Stay tuned!
For more pictures of the table and the recipe for the Homemade Gravlax And Prawn Crackers Appetizer, please head over to Camille's post, here.
Have a great weekend! I will be teaching an all day workshop on Saturday at Heirloom Book Company in downtown Charleston. There are still a couple of spots available if you can make it!