In the midst of planning and executing a Thanksgiving feast, few of us have the time or even the space for elaborate table decorations. And with a meal that tends to consist of so many textures, colors, shapes, and sizes, there’s little need for extensive embellishment, anywayusually just a few small flourishes are all it takes to elevate the most basic table setting to the occasion.
Here are three of my favorite time- and space-friendly picks for adding detail and dimension to this year’s Thanksgiving table.
Departing from more traditional Thanksgiving ware with its homely turkey and fall-leaf patterns, just a serving piece or two of Dibbern’s exquisite Black Forest collection will add cool, late-autumn depth and interest to spare modern and basic china settings alike.
Tubby little eggplant teacups (top) are as functionally versatile as they are beautiful. Cluster a few together to showcase nuts and candies for pre-meal snacking or to hold salt, mustard, and other condiments during the meal. Or use them to serve small individual portions of a rich soup at the beginning of the mealthe blossomlike lids will not only keep the contents warm but hidden, adding a bit of drama as guests arrive at the table and remove them to reveal the riches within. The cups also work well as ramekins for custards and soufflés, and, of course, they’re lovely for serving tea, too.
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