Thanksgiving tablescaping ideas from the pros

If you’ve always shied away from tablescaping to avoid those gaudy plastic gourds and cutesy salt-and-pepper shakers, check out these Thanksgiving tablescape ideas from pro caterer Tarrah Lett to get your table in the holiday spirit — the elegant way.

Thanksgiving tablescape

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Caterer Tarrah Lett of Nice Guy’s Catering in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, is no stranger to creating beautiful tablescapes for her clients. We sat down with Tarrah to get some of her ideas for your Thanksgiving spread.

Tarrah’s Thanksgiving tablescape tips

According to Tarrah, the best tablescapes are simple and elegant. If you overdo it, you’ll not only take up valuable table space (the one time of year you need it most), but it will distract guests. “Any floral arrangements or centerpieces should be short enough to allow guests to see each other. Thanksgiving is a time for catching up with family.”

Tarrah also points out that you shouldn’t feel trapped by the typical Thanksgiving color scheme or decorative items. Black and white is always elegant. Or go with trendy color schemes. Bold (not hot) pink, Olympic blue and warm lilac are all over the runway this season. Bring one of them to your Thanksgiving table with a nice, warm brown to complement it.

Retro pieces are great additions to any autumn spread. “Check out flea markets, thrift stores and antique stores. They’ll have a variety of quirky vintage serving dishes. It’s not important they’re matching sets. If they look good together, go for it!”

Thanksgiving buffet and tablescape

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Serving buffet style

If you’re serving Thanksgiving buffet style, that’s no reason to skimp on the tablescaping. Use sturdy boxes or crates to create varying levels, then cover the whole thing with a large piece of fabric.

Serving pre-dinner snacks? No need to line your veggie and fruit on a boring tray you keep having to refill. Pile them on top of one of the boxes (right on the fabric) and create a cascading waterfall of crudite down to the next level.

“At the end of the day, just be creative. If you need a little inspiration, check out the websites of professional caterers. There are no rules!”

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