Text BY Shay Nikole Garrett
As November arrives with it comes Thanksgiving. It’s the season is when the newest design trends begin to surface. This year, vintage-inspired tablescapes are a popular way to highlight the place where people come together to enjoy holiday meals.
Angela Mazanti says her biggest inspiration when designing Thanksgiving tablescapes has been “Grandma’s kitchen.” The Memphis designer tries to recreate the traditions she grew to love at her grandmother’s home as a child. “The senses of family and love were unforgettable and it’s what I strive to duplicate every year,” Mazanti says. She remembers the mismatched vintage bowls and trays on the table and her grandmother using her own hands to design and bake from scratch. Mazanti pays homage to the style of those memorable Thanksgivings in her designs today by incorporating amber serving ware and vintage table linens.
The look is easily replicated; start with serving pieces from your own family and fill in with thrift store or antique shop finds. Create centerpieces in vintage fruit bowls with flowers from a florist or your backyard. For table linens with a well-loved look, go with pieces from grandmother or mother’s collection. Mazanti says, “The most important thing is to add color and texture to your table and sometimes the things that don’t look perfect are the best looking.”
When creating a tablescape, more is more, as Mazanti says. Bounty and a mix-and-match scheme go hand in hand to provide an eye-catching design. Trends for this year’s Thanksgiving settings are stepping back into tradition, using basic autumn colors and textures. The acorn name pieces on Mazanti’s table are a perfect example—the perennial symbols of fall are a stylish replacement for dull name cards. Arranging colorful flowers in pieces other than vases, such as troughs and bowls, creates a pop of excitement within the vintage design. “Remember, it doesn’t have to look like a professional designer did it,” Mazanti advises.
Designing is a labor of love for Mazanti. “I think Thanksgiving tablescapes have always been a tradition… it’s a chance to create an atmosphere that says this is a special meal. Creating them gives me the ability to give a gift for those who will dine at that table,” she says. Use these design inspirations to express your own personality and thanks in a tangible way. As Thanksgiving draws near, design a tablescape that will bless those who will sit at your table and let the celebrations begin.