A Plant-Based Thanksgiving Table
Photography: Johnny Miller
Source: Martha Stewart Living, November 2011
Gardening Editorial Director Stephen Orr's table
I look to earthy, natural, and plant-based elements for my holiday table. Because my weekend home in the Catskills is surrounded by a forest, I love to go there and pick things to use as centerpieces, such as a few of these lichen-covered blueberry branches. And for more dimension, I added some velvety red spikes of staghorn sumac, which I usually pick from the side of the road. I also personalized the table with my ceramics collection, which includes items made by friends. It makes the occasion all the more special to me.
Look to Nature
Forage for centerpiece materials in your own backyard. Sculptural twigs and branches provide a surprising alternative to flowers and convey a natural beauty that's in keeping with the season.
Make It Casual
An important occasion can be both chic and casual. It's perfectly okay, for instance, to use beautiful but everyday earthenware and forgo a tablecloth or place mats. Napkins don't even have to match -- just use related colors or fabrics.
Displaying mementos and gifts from friends and family, especially if they've made the objects themselves, affords another way to give thanks on that day.
Dinner plates,in Mist and French Gray; and Wine punts, in Olive and Kelly Green, by Bottlehood; heathceramics.com. Cake plate, and narrow-neck vase; francespalmerpottery.com. Assorted blue tenugui cloth (used as napkins), 1 foot by 3 feet; tortoisegeneralstore.com. Porcelain mushroom (similar to shown), kleinreid.com. Brass flatware, firstname.lastname@example.org.