Let's end this dark year on a high note. I have hope for the new presidency and a vaccine on the horizon. I'm marking the year with a moodier tablescape for Thanksgiving and Christmas, balanced with bright spots as well.
I'm grounding the table with a dark grey linen tablescloth and rustic farmhouse table runner. Dark stoneware plates and black flatware. For contrast have the linen napkins and white large bowl and a gold serving set.
Candles are key. Vintage brass candle holders at varying heights add elegance and light.
The fun part is filling the table with natural beauty and color of loose eucalyptus branches, robust fruit like pears, pomegranates, persimmons, and cranberries picked up from the local grocery store. Dried branches and twigs like Manzanita or pinecones collected on nature walks.
A few special handmade ceramic pieces by my friend Janet Kojima give the tablescape a personal feel. With the odds stacked against us making these 2020 holidays feel special, I betcha we can all have a wonderful season. A memorable tablescape is an easy start.