ENTERTAIN // lush autumn tablescape

The holidays are just around the corner, and what better way to get ready to host Thanksgiving than to create a beautiful centerpiece for your dining table. This year, I tried something other than the traditional floral arrangement and decided to build a live centerpiece. Not only was this incredibly easy to make, but the plants will last for months and can later be repotted in an outdoor container or the garden.

I went with a dark and moody color palate inspired by the colors of fall and the verdant Pacific Northwest forests.  First, I selected a mix of autumn ferns, dusty miller, chocolate loosestrife, cinnamon curl huerchera, and creamy white pansies at my local nursery.  I planted them compactly in a low decorative bowl and covered the exposed soil with moss. It was a super fun and easy project that makes a big statement and I love how it turned out!

For special occasions, I like to set the table with a mix of elegant and simple or rustic items. Here, I used lovely Frances Palmer dinner bowls, earthy woven chargers, contrast stitch linen napkins, clean lined glassware, and my favorite vintage Laguiole cutting knives. Baby white pumpkins made the table a bit more autumnal, but not required! :) This setting would be perfect for your Thanksgiving table, or a cozy fall meal.   

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Happy entertaining season, friends! 

- a. s. 

Shopping guide: woven chargers // dinner bowls // knives // wine glasses (similar to shown) //  drinking glasses // linen napkins