Setting a Meaningful Thanksgiving Table.

Read along to learn my favorite ways to set my Thanksgiving table + a few recipes that I always have on it.

I can hardly wait for Thanksgiving to be here. For me, and so many of you, it is a holiday filled with so much family and tradition that I can barely handle it. So today I'm sharing a few tips for setting a "meaningful" table for Thanksgiving with some of my favorite tabletop linens.

Layer + Low

Keeping your tablescape at the right proportion will help folks stay connected and feel cozy during dinner. While we want the table to feel special for this special occasion, keeping it simple is also important because there is generally so much food that also needs to be added that it can become overwhelming from a space standpoint.

Layering a variety of tones and textures, such as linens, wooden feast boards, metal candlesticks and silverware, and ceramic dishes and platters are a great way to help your Thanksgiving table to tell a story and feel warm.

Keeping things low on the table allows your family and friends the opportunity to talk across the table with ease of nothing blocking their way. I love adding in greenery and floral elements in almost a runner form instead of worrying about vases that are tall and take up too much space. A candlestick here and there with lite candles helps to also set a great, special atmosphere.

Mix It Up

Thanksgiving, more than most any other occasion, is generally where you may have the biggest crowd to feed around your table. This is a blessing so don't sweat the semantics of not having enough chairs or place settings for your guests.

This is a great time to pull in some family heirlooms that often are left unused in the home - pull out grandma's china or the old mix-matched chairs from the attic. This is my favorite holiday for celebrating these heirloom pieces and creating a storied tablescape where guests can say "I remember that gravy boat" or "remember when we used that chair at Grandmother's cabin?" makes the conversation even more meaningful that ever.

Mixing vintage wares with new pieces (like new dishes, glassware or linens) makes your table both interesting as well as functional so don't be afraid of pushing the limits just because you have a few broken or missing pieces of a matching set.

Thanksgiving turkey on a pewter platter

Special Touches

As children we were always in charge of helping my Grandmother set the table for holidays and occasions, a right of passage if you will. So be sure to add in a few signature, special touches to your Thanksgiving table that will help make it your own.

Growing up, our special tables always brought out the crystal, and I mean ALL the pieces of the setting. My favorite were always the little tiny pieces - like the individual salt + pepper shakers, the tiny condiment jar + spoon for things like mustard, and the little salt cellars. And of course, depending on the occasion, my Grandmother would bring out a different set of china but always her own wedding china for Thanksgiving which was filled with great autumn colors.

We never had a children's table, but if you do then head over to Pinterest for a million ideas on cute things for the kiddos. The kids were always thrilled to get our own Shirley Temple, enjoyed in one of Grandma's very special crystal glasses just like the adults and we looked forward to this treat knowing this must be a very special occasion.

Now that I can design my own special touches, I love creating a table that is both beautiful and effortless. I'm not usually one for place cards but if you are that's another great way to add a touch of personalization for your guests. My favorite thing to celebrate is the presentation of the pie and dessert (check out my favorite recipes here) at Thanksgiving since I so love to bake, so a perfectly placed cake stand that makes an entrance is always a part of my celebration.

And, I even designed in a few touches into our current linen tabletop line, like the heirloom tag where you can tuck in your silverware, or the ability to monogram our table runner like I've done here with our wedding date as a memento. All of these touches just help to make your traditions become your own year after year.

Love for you to share your own Thanksgiving tablescape tips with us at #HEIRLOOMED

And be sure to shop our entire collection of meaningful linens, gifts and wares to add to your Thanksgiving table this year, and for generations.


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How To: Clean and Season a Cast Iron Skillet.

There is something so nostalgic about a good cast iron pan. They are surprisingly easy to take care of, and are extremely versatile. Here are a few tips for cleaning and seasoning your cast iron skillet.

Known to impart wonderful flavor and cook anything from bacon to bread, these iron heirlooms often get a bad reputation when it comes to cleaning, but if treated right, they will last you generations. There are many do’s and don’ts when it comes to your cast iron, but I have my own simple advice for how to properly clean your skillet.

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Tips for Cleaning your Cast Iron Skillet:

After cooking in your cast iron, let it cool. When it has cooled completely, wet it with warm water and pour kosher or sea salt on it. Use the salt to “scour” the pan clean with a sponge. You can dry it with a dish towel, and then I personally like to place it back in the warm oven I just used (turned off) so it dries completely and every ounce of the the remaining water evaporates.

What you’re really trying to avoid at all times is rust, and water left on cast iron will turn to rust. So always make sure to dry your pan thoroughly. When purchasing a cast iron from a thrift store, make sure the pan you choose is rust-free. If it’s not, here are a few steps you can follow to restore your pan to its former glory.

Tips for Removing Rust from a Vintage Cast Iron Skillet:

  • Remove all the rust: Use a steel wool to remove the rust from the pan. Scour the skillet until all the rust is removed.

  • Wash the skillet thoroughly. Use warm water and mild dish soap and scrub with a sponge or bristle brush.

  • Dry the skillet immediately after.

Now, what does it mean to have a “seasoned” cast iron skillet you might be asking yourself. If you’ve ever noticed that your brand new shiny cast iron pan doesn’t cook up a pot roast like the years-old one your Grandmother uses it might just be due to the fact that hers is well-seasoned from years of use.

Cast iron is a porous material and cooking fatty meats time after time will build up a sort of layer on your pan, despite how good you clean it, that allows for an overall better and more even cooking experience. The key to truly mastering cast iron cooking is to build a perfectly seasoned pan and then never get rid of it.

Tips for Seasoning a Cast Iron Skillet:

  • Cover the pan with a small amount of cooking oil.

  • Place the pan in the oven upside down. Place a sheet of foil or a baking sheet on the bottom rack to catch any oil that may drip from the pan. Heat the cast iron for one hour at 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • Remove the pan from the oven and let it cool.

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I hope these tips help you clean your favorite skillet. It is so important to keep these skillets around for generations to come.


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