Thanksgiving Tablescape with Ankara prints and IKEA plates

I remember when I was younger, my mother would make this big to do about her good China which made a grand appearance every major holiday. These majestic plates were locked away all year from us savages ( my sisters and I) . The plates and the sterling silver cutlery was accounted for, washed, dried, and delivered back to oblivion until the next guest appearance.  My mother was a special type of elegance and grace which I try to live up to  as best I can but let’s be honest, after having four children, I know not to trust them with China.

 

This year I wanted to incorporate my personal style onto our feast table along with plates which I won’t cry over after my son “accidentally” drops one while watching football. I took a trip to Ikea – Ikea never disappoints !! I found an affordable set in a grey palette I loved. Our table is white marble so the grey on the white was esthetically boring. I needed to do something sassy , so I found some Ankara & wax print fabrics and started to slowly design the table.

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Then I realized I didn’t have any napkins to match so I made some

 

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At this point I knew the extremist in me would be designing Tablescapes only I would enjoy –  I am sure my family could careless about it !

I gathered all of my children’s favorite fruits and assembled them onto the table and created a runner.

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I probably should have ironed the runner but you get the point!

 

I tend to be a minimalist at times so I decided to tone the table down a bit and created some place mats

 

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I wanted to create one more tablescape being that I was on a role and felt the need to incorporate fragrances this go around.  I went into the fridge and found some Italian parsley then this happened

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I added pinecones, blueberries, lemons and limes. I created different placemats and out of all three I like this one the best ?

 

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Happy Thanksgiving to all! I hope these creative examples help tickle the decorator in you this holiday.

 

XOXO

Neffi