You don’t have to go on vacation to get away during the holidays; hosting a party will keep you out of the house for a good week. Between visiting the florist, syncing with the bakery, and making multiple last-minute liquor runs, there are a lot of trips involved. Wouldn’t it be nice, for once, to get everything you need for the table—dinner and decorations—in one go? Scour your local grocery store wisely, and you might only have to make one stop.
This season, we’re putting a fresh spin on a fall tablescape, sourcing items straight from the farmers’ market and replacing traditional browns, yellows, and reds with pastel peaches and moody violets. Domino’s executive creative director, Kate Berry, took a trip down the produce aisle and created two breathtaking centerpieces (each one ringing in under $30!). Get the look:
The Picturesque Peaches
This palette of lavender, pink, terracotta, and butter yellow is a muted take on the classic Thanksgiving cornucopia. For an unexpected touch of glamour, lay down a lush velvet tablecloth, like this cherry blossom–pink fabric from Calico, before you get started.
The Shopping List:
- Eggplants (we used the fairy tale variety)
- Cotton candy grapes (opt for ones that are more golden than green)
- Small red apples
- A peach-colored pumpkin
Start with the largest item in your collection (in this case, the pumpkin) and place it off-center. Begin to bulk up the arrangement with the purple eggplants, then the bunches of yellow grapes. (Working by color family will make it easier to see if things are balanced). Fill in any leftover gaps with the other small fruits. Add height by tucking in branches of dyed eucalyptus.
The Melodramatic Purples
Leave the holiday drama up to this moody scheme of purples bordering on blacks and bright violets. For a whimsical feeling, we went beyond classic white tableware with John Derian’s botanical plates, striped glassware, and some found tchotchkes.
The Shopping List:
- Italian plums
- Concord grapes
- Red cabbage
- Quail eggs
On one end of the table, surround the purple cabbage with clusters of grapes. Set the speckled eggs and any seasonings for the meal in small bowls (sticking with one metal will create cohesion). To tie everything together, Berry cut a vine of honeysuckle from her garden and ran it down the center of the table. Incorporating personal trinkets into the centerpiece, be it a crystal collection or vintage catchall trays, will make the scene all the more special.
In case you haven’t noticed, nothing here has to go to waste! Chop up your fruits and veggies after dessert has been cleaned up and prepare to enjoy a few more delicious dinners (and lunches!).