A Thanksgiving Table Designed with Texture, Shape and Scale in Mind


Thanksgiving is early this year and that feels pretty exciting. It’s no surprise that all of us at MBI love to entertain and come up with creative ways to decorate our tables. This year, we designed a table early so that we could unveil some of our secrets when it comes to creating a breathtaking tablescape.


We loved the look of this wood table and used it without a tablecloth as the foundation of our design. If you have a table that doesn’t work well with the tones you plan to incorporate, a tablecloth is a great way to bring in texture and color. For our table, we chose a patterned white and grey table runner to add weight and interest and to serve as the base for our centerpieces. From there we added a mix of gold and wood chargers and our blue china settings.


Taking any design from functional to fabulous is about the added details. Patterned cloth napkins, metallic cutlery, berry place markers, and feathery finishes on each plate give the wow factor when guests sit down at this table. Having the combination of natural and refined elements at each seat reinforces the overall aesthetic we wanted the whole table to have.



One of the trickiest parts about a table design is the centerpiece. A centerpiece can be a single floral arrangement and look beautiful but we wanted to layer texture, color and scale in a way that can only happen with a variety of pieces all working together. The first layer on our table runner is a row of magnolia leaves. Magnolia leaves are perfect for a design like this because they won’t crumble, have a waxy finish that feels more polished than a leaf with a more matte characteristic, are two-toned in dark green and warm brown and look great either fresh or fake.

Large ginger jars with yellow flowers, pheasant feathers and magnolia leaves were our main focal point on the table. We added those to the table next so that the rest of the design could work around them. Their scale would have been too much if it had just been the vases on the table with the place settings. To marry the two scales, natural elements like antlers and metallic decor like hefty candlesticks added middle ground to the sizes and shapes of the decoration.