Monday, November 18, 2013

Designing a Friendsgiving (or Thanksgiving!) Tablescape

This week on A Bar Cart in Brooklyn we're going to be celebrating Friendsgiving every single day. I am SO happy that this trend has been catching on. I myself have a very small family (tiny, in fact) and as a result, I have celebrated quite a few holidays with other people's families through generous invitations from friends. This Friendsgiving was an opportunity for me to return the favor by hosting those same friends and others for a fun celebration - so much fun that I'm more than happy to get to relive it here all week long. Starting with our tablescape:
We already had this metallic rimmed organic shaped dinnerware from West Elm, Reed & Barton Soho stemware, Villeroy & Boch candleticks (the ones pictured here are size large), Waterford Lismore salt & pepper shakers, and Chilewich Dahlia placemats (thank goodness for wedding registries!) You can find the dripless gold candles for the candlesticks on Amazon. The gold flatware was my grandmother's. I really think she would have been so pleased that we used it for this dinner - she LOVED parties.
I snagged these Garnier-Thiebaut napkins during a Gilt sale (they are still available!) and I loved the color so much that I decided to make it the color focus of the whole table. I find that this happens frequently when I'm designing an event or a room - I find one item I'm so obsessed with that it makes the perfect jumping off point and inspires the rest.
When I went to Gramercy Flowers in search of flowers to match the napkins, I found these stems, which are actually wild kale. (Of course they are - this is Brooklyn, after all). The flower shop also sold me the raffia I used to fill the rustic boxes. I picked up the acorns and berries in the centerpieces, along with the gold votive candleholders at Crate & Barrel. Where, by the way, it has been Christmas already for several weeks - the tiny portion of the store dedicated to Thanksgiving was tucked away in a back corner even weeks ago. Which is actually great, because it means that their Thanksgiving items will probably be going on sale just in time for the actual holiday!
I am a huge fan of Etsy (headquartered here in Dumbo!) I ordered the rustic boxes for the centerpieces from an Etsy shop called Succulents Galore, and the burlap table runner (which sadly is only making this one-time appearance, due to a red wine spill - whoopsie!) from North Country Comforts. Both businesses were super friendly and I highly recommend them.
Each person had their own individual mini baguette special ordered from Almondine Bakery, another local Dumbo business. They claim to have the best baguettes in the city, and I think my friends and I now agree with them! I wrapped the baguettes in pieces of parchment paper and tied them with twine. I also served homemade herb butter (yes, I've learned to make my own butter!) in these butter dishes from Crate & Barrel.
The place cards were envelopes that held a letterpress printed card prompting the guest to jot down what they were thankful for this Friendsgiving. We'll get those and the other paper elements including invitations and the menu tomorrow! I especially can't wait to share the invitations with you.

Happy Friendsgiving Week!!

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