Adventures in Everyday Entertaining
One of my favorite things about entertaining is decorating the table! Your tablescape helps set the theme and the mood of the entire gathering. Keeping both design and functionality is very important. With all the fun of decorating, don’t forget any essential items that need to be present for the actual eating!
In terms of functionality, I needed to make sure that our table for our ‘Thankful with Friends’ dinner party included the following items:
As you can see above, I have the napkins set up with the wheat and ribbon as I showed in my Napkin Ring Post. I wanted the overall look to be rustic with a casual, friendly feel. The burlap runner and the mason jar glasses help to invoke that mood. The water pitcher (which you may recognize from our Wedding Signature Cocktail) is surrounded by an inexpensive grapevine wreath that I got at Hobby Lobby.
In keeping with the friendly and inviting atmosphere, I did not build up any high centerpieces in the middle of the table. Our guests will be a mixture of friends, some of which know each other, some do not. I didn’t want people to feel that they were trying to talk over a centerpiece, especially if they were trying to get to know one another.
The small leaf plate will serve as a butter dish for the table. The little pumpkin is a pepper shaker (salt is on the other side of the water pitcher). There is a goblet on each side of the pitcher that will be filled with our Peppery Pecans.
Mason jars with votive candles provide some extra warmth to the mood of the table. I used wheat husks to stick in between each cluster to compliment the wheat used for the napkin rings.
The end result is an inviting table perfect for eating and friendly conversation.