Three Thanksgiving Place Settings You Can’t Live Without!


TV Personality and Home Expert Brian Balthazar from is here to get us all into the Holiday spirit with these three gorgeous Thanksgiving Day place settings!

THANKSGIVING IS FOR TURKEYS – Turkey is a holiday staple. And while you find a lot of turkey themed dinnerware out there, sometimes they veer so far towards rustic I thought it would be fun to juxtapose a more formal look with the theme. This Golden Hill turkey plate from 222 Fifth is really beautiful and I had to have it the moment I saw it. (I’ll admit I have a thing for dinnerware, which is why I have all these place settings around. I mean do we really need turkey plates? In my opinion the answer is apparently YES WE DO.) But I digress. The plate has a shiny gold finish in some of the detail and is completely gold on the back, which you can faintly see reflected on the silver charger underneath. Classic silver or stainless steel place settings (and a silver plated meat dome to cover the meal when it’s ready) give the look a more formal feel without getting too stuffy. That napkin fold is called a Bishop’s hat, and it’s EASY. A small picture frame for your guest’s name is a fun embellishment and a nice little take-home gift.

Table runner from HomeGoods.

Plate by 222 Fifth, half of them I found at HomeGoods, but when I couldn’t complete the set I found the rest online.

Flatware by Knork Flatware.

These silver chargers I got last year on clearance from Williams Sonoma, but you can find something similar easily online or at several retailers.

Silver metal meat dome (upper left corner) from Williams Sonoma.

Picture frame from Michaels Craft Store.

Here’s a youtube video on how to do The Bishop’s hat.


SIMPLE AND EARTHY COPPER TONES – A simple and natural earthy theme is easy, clean and sophisticated. Copper mugs, now everywhere thanks to Moscow Mule cocktails being so popular, make a cold drink of any kind stay colder longer. Copper flatware is unexpected and a nice complement to the theme. I love this white rectangular plate because it’s HUGE (11 by 8 inches!) and a great blank slate for the deliciousness to come. (These plates are also great as serving pieces.) A glass plate in amber looks great too, but I can’t for the life of me remember where I got it… they’re out there, just a google search away. But the winning piece here is the napkin and placecard holder. Three feathers tucked into a soft burlap linen napkin, tied up with raffia ribbon and a name tag make this a table setting people will appreciate.

(special thanks to Dennis St. Germain for his feather burlap placecard design here!)

Plate: Bed Bath and Beyond.

Flatware: Knork Flatware.

Moscow Mule mug: HomeGoods and/or Amazon.


FOR THE BIRDS – Looking for a more rustic theme? Go with natural woods and rustic fabrics. Here, when I couldn’t find a tablecloth or napkin I wanted, I ran to the fabric store. (In this case, Mood Fabrics, famous from Project Runway) and hemmed the ends of a fabric I liked. The bird house makes for an offbeat way to inform your guests where they’ll sit, and it was a steal at just one dollar. Wood chargers are super popular right now, but admittedly a bit pricey. When a tree fell in my yard after a storm, I grabbed my chainsaw (YES, I have a chainsaw, and yes I know how to use it) and cut a bunch of chargers. It wasn’t easy to make them all level, but it paid off. I’m guessing this isn’t a practical solution for you! So if you love them, buy some! I love this because it is so far away from the traditional classic red Christmas setting.


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