By SUE REID
There is nothing more festive in celebrating the holiday season that is soon upon us, than gathering around the dinner table with family and friends.
Consider creating beautiful tablescapes before preparing your Thanksgiving feast or entertaining family and friends for the holidays. Area experts have shared with us some helpful and beautifully simple tips for this season.
At La Bella Vita, rich colors are the trend, owner Barbara Strom explained. Deep pewter and metallic glazes on dinner and serve wear with punctuations of color in plum, cream, rich rust, deep red and burgundy are in this season, she said. Jewels and gems added to the table in candles, napkin rings and even woven into the table cloth are the spark that lights up this year’s holiday table, Ms. Strom noted.
At Cotton, owner David Stein suggests using one’s imagination when it comes to Thanksgiving tablescapes, looking no further than one’s back yard. Gourds from Halloween and even small pumpkins add to the festive table décor, along with dried leaves and twigs. They translate well to either a formal or casual table, he said. Mix your dishes, Mr. Stein continued, maybe using grandma’s china with a more casual plate. Cotton carries beautiful serving pieces, open stock tableware as well as stemware. Serving pieces from Beatriz Ball give the sparkle of silver without the polishing and these pieces go from freezer to oven to table seamlessly, he noted. Also, fun gingham plates from “At Home with Marieke” and Rolf hand-etched glassware all add to a beautiful table.
At Mulholland & Sachs, they suggest that families begin with a group of “collectables” by Simon Peace. For Thanksgiving, start with beautifully hand-made in Vermont glass pumpkins. Recently released, they would make for the start of a perfect collection year after year. And for Christmas, seasonal hand-made in Vermont evergreens will glisten on one’s table this winter. “We have some customers who add another to their collection each year,” Rita at Mulholland & Sachs explained. “Simon Pearce adds new sizes and texture each year, and they become a family treasure.”
At Peter Danford, tablescapes are stunning — utilizing china with gold accents, as opposed to the platinum. “Table top is like fashion — cyclical,” Cherie and Peter Danford explained. Where platinum jewelry was so in vogue, yellow gold is making a strong comeback. The china line taking the business by storm is “Simply Anna,” by Anna Weatherly, she said. “She has an exciting array of mix-and-match patterns in terms of shapes and colors,” Cherie said. A relatively simply line, it mixes extremely well with more traditional china patterns as accent/dessert plates or service pieces.
Also, one might want dessert plates that would be indicative of the particular holiday, she continued. Examples are Gold Aves and Old Avesbury by Royal Crown Derby, decorated with pheasants for Thanksgiving. There are also many stunning Michael Aram serving pieces that are a combination of silver and gold that go beautifully with the set and add interest. A touch of painted glass pieces by Red Pomegranate rounds out the perfect table top.
For the holidays, use lots of sparkle, experts note, and accent pieces galore. Special favors for your guests to take home after a wonderful holiday dinner are the perfect touch!