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The lovely Manvi is back with her second column in the Tablescape 101 series, this time sharing her ideas and inspirations for a Thanksgiving tabletop. For those of us who aren’t in the States or don’t celebrate the holiday, there are still fantastic ideas for throwing a natural and rustic-inspired dinner party. After all, what better excuse to gather with friends than to say thanks for the people and things we appreciate? Take it away, Manvi!

I wanted to create a Rustic Glam table that reflected a festive fusion of nature, colour and shine, which I hope will inspire ideas for the dinner table as well as buffet tables, which are very practical on Thanksgiving. To create the centrepiece, I used birch barks from my local flower warehouse, which I wrapped around tall clear cylinders before filling one with tall branches of seasonal berries and the other with tea lights. The effect was magical as the soft glow of the tealights accentuated the colour of the berries. This was then tied into the rest of the scheme by adding smaller branches in assorted stemware, teacups and votives across the rest of the table, alongside large, vintage spools upon which I placed pies and pillar candles. Amongst these extra elements I scattered dried Rosehips scented with Blue Spruce Oil to bring festive fragrance to the table. You can easily make a ‘Give Thanks’ banner by using an alphabet template to make letters from from textured card; once the letters are cut out, cover them in old book pages and a layer of glitter glue, then hang from bakers twine. Finally, complete the table by serving a signature cocktail, Spiced Prosecco Mix. To make, place one teaspoon of hazelnut syrup, one teaspoon pumpkin spice syrup, ¼ teaspoon cinnamon into each champagne flute and top up with chilled prosseco to serve. Then all that’s left to do is toast to those we love! – Manvi


Will Taylor

Will lives in NYC and is an interior design author and content creator. He's been blogging about his love of design, style and travel since 2009. His #MakeYouSmileStyle approach to decorating and dressing has inspired over one million Instagram uploads to the hashtag from followers across the world.


  1. Wow! Beautiful table! My favorite parts are the vintage spools and mercury glass. I love all of the varying heights too!

  2. Beautiful use of warm colour palette Manvi”s detail shots are to die for………wishing we were “giving thanks” in Paris!!! Carla x

  3. @Rachel – The bark votives are one of my favourite elements of the scheme. xx

    @Nancy – It's the perfect name, you are right! x

    @Heather – The vintage spools are great for adding height!

    @Marina – I agree, the Jonathan Alder squirrel is adorable!

    @Hoolah – Throw a party to say thanks instead!

    @Lenya – Dive in and enjoy the sunshine while it lasts, hun! 😉 xx

  4. @Carla – Aren't detail shots just the best? They are always my favourite when it comes to photography! P.S. Shall I jump on Eurostar and we can have an impromptu thanksgiving dinner in Paris?! 😉 xx

  5. This tabletop is a joy! I love the mix of natural colours with that pop of purple and shimmer of copper, plus all the quirky little critters in and around the table! cute x

  6. @littletree – The copper elements definitely add a glam feel to the table! xx

    @Allison – I think it's such a refreshing combination of colour and texture. xx

  7. I just found you and this gorgeous collage! SO inspiring…it really puts me in the mood for this wonderful time of year. It's blustery outside my window today and feeling much like fall. That photo with the “give” plate perfectly matches the day and my mood. Thank you!

  8. Beautiful – loving all the natural textures and the sparkle! I have those orange berries on my table top at home at the moment – they last so well!

    Love these ideas!

    Rachie xo

  9. really great table ideas. I'm always a bit jealous that we don't celebrate Thanksgiving in the UK, it looks like my kind of holiday!

  10. Will, you have to get to NYC to celebrate Thanksgiving with all of your friends from Blogtour 2011! Love your rustic glam table!

  11. hah cute squirrel and I love that gold etched votive. P.S thanks for your comment on my blog. Will, you are awesome!

  12. What a gorgeous table setting!!! I love everything, especially the mix of old and new, shiny and rustic elements. Thanks for sharing! ~Lily

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Welcome to Bright.Bazaar, my make-you-smile style corner of the internet. I’ve been sharing my love of beautiful design, feel-good homes, everyday style, inspiring travel and, pretty much everything in between, since 2009. As well as working as a content creator, I write interior design books and edit a bi-weekly e-newsletter called Smile Mail. I live in New York City with my heartmate and can often be found listening to Madonna’s Confessions album and dreaming up my next home renovation project.