I love to design table settings, but with our petite abode, we never get to host gatherings. Here are a few Thanksgiving tables I've designed for my friend's house (and I'm available to do yours as well!). The reason I post this now (as opposed to waiting until Halloween is over), is that I know you all have real lives! Most people don't have tons of time to dedicate to brainstorming ideas for holiday decor, much less hunt items down. It takes time! I want to provide ideas with plenty of time for you to actually act on them so YOU can have a beautiful table just like my friend.
Hopefully we're able to do it again this year (otherwise I'll photograph my idea on the small scale) but this is what I'm concocting right now for Thanksgiving 2012...
I've been on the hunt for blue and white dishes for my own project, so they sprang to mind right away. Since brown and earth tones are a natural fit (pun intended) for Thanksgiving, I thought a rustic gingham would add a good balance to the more formal china and modern glam flatware (these are from West Elm and I NEED them). And while I might still sprinkle in a pumpkin or two for good measure, pheasant feathers felt like the perfect element for this table.
There are more ideas where this came from, so if you'd like help dreaming up a table setting for this holiday season (Christmas and Hanukkah too!), get in touch (this would fall under my hourly rate, so it can start as low as $50). That goes for locals and distance! I'm also more than happy to work with pieces you already own (you'll notice that we re-used napkins, dinner plates, and candlesticks from year to year above) to keep your costs at a minimum - after all, you still have dinner to cook!
Hope to hear from you soon!