How to Create a Boho Chic Thanksgiving Table
Bring a rustic touch to your holiday gathering.
Published Nov 21, 2017 11:00 AM
Let’s face it: The best part about Thanksgiving is spending quality time with your friends and loved ones (although if we’re being honest, the food is definitely a close second). But have you ever considered the fact that the holiday allows you to get creative with your decor? Forego the traditional, orange-hued Thanksgiving table this year by trying something a little different—and might we suggest, a lot more casual.
If your style ranges more boho chic than formal elegance, we have some inspo for you: this amazing, bohemian Thanksgiving tablescape by Kate Goddard of Wild Sky Events. Think rose gold barware, blush napkins, a cozy table runner, and bolsters for chairs, with a rustic wood coffee table at the center of it all. “We wanted to create a warm, inviting, and boho chic tablescape to showcase a fun ‘Friendsgiving’ style,” explains Goddard.
Read on to see how you can incorporate these seasonal textures in your own holiday celebration.
To truly make your tablescape stand out, try mixing in some unexpected colors and incorporating modern accents, like the rose gold-toned mugs and linen napkins. The bold flatware prevents the setting from being too casual, while the cozy table runner brings some warmth to the mix.
“I am in love with the color sienna, so the main inspiration was these lovely textured linen napkins,” says Goddard. “From there, I just built out the style of the table, where I focused on mixing textures and metals together to create a feast for the senses. It sounds cheesy, but I wanted everything to not just look well put together, but feel put together. Focusing on texture makes the table seem more inviting.”
Poufs and rug, Loot Finer Goods
Those plays on texture continue with the unexpected seating, which relies on heavily-patterned poufs and a colorful rug—as opposed to traditional chairs. “I tried to focus on comfort and the guest experience,” says Goddard. “Why sit on a hard chair when large Moroccan floor poufs are so comfortable? The main thing is to not be afraid of throwing away traditional ideas. Have fun playing with heights. Layer rugs, poufs, and throw pillows, and allow your guests to have some fun.”
While we love a gorgeous bouquet, it might not work so well with the easygoing vibe your tablescape is trying to invoke. So, why not play around with some more original components? Goddard worked with Gretchen from Petals Ink Floral Artistry for the design. She notes, “We wanted to incorporate unique floral textures, like sea oats, dried flowers, kangaroo paws,proteas, heirloom mums, strawflowers, and foxtail ferns.”
And of course, don’t be afraid to play with different styles. “I wanted a place setting that mixed in handmade ceramics, textured linen, and a masculine stationery style to create an overall tablescape look that would work for all guests,” says Goddard. “It is very easy in styled shoots to go feminine, and I wanted to stay away from pastels and soft colors. Since there were so many colors going on with the centerpiece, poufs, and napkins, I wanted the place setting to be neutral—but still have textures. In the end, I decided on these gorgeous ceramic plates by Leslie Freeman and woven linen napkins by La Tavola Fine Linens.
Finally, don’t forget about the small touches that truly take a tablescape from run-of-the-mill to personable. Goddard, in particular, loves the candles—”You can’t tell from the picture, but these Amber candles from Anthropologie made the whole space smell fantastic. I loved the vintage flokati rug, as it created a lovely neutral base for the tablescape, the gorgeous floral centerpiece, and the fern oyster table runner.”