How to Set a Rustic-Chic Thanksgiving Table
The founders of globally conscious retailer Dara Artisans share all the essentials.
You have exactly 23 days until Thanksgiving. Have you drafted up your menu? Hit send on your dinner invites? If not, no need to panic—you still have time to pin, plan, and execute the entire day of feasting. We've already looked to Instagram and our archives for ideas on how to set the table this Turkey Day, and now we're turning to one of our favorite retailers, Dara Artisans, for some failsafe products to break bread over. (How could we not entrust our dinner table to the duo who calls this gorgeous Rhode Island retreat home?) Their responsibly sourced collections of plates, table linens, and flatware from around the world are simple and streamlined, allowing for mom's green bean casserole or your new carrot, coriander and coconut soup to take center stage. Better yet, these sleek pieces will see you way beyond the holidays.
First things first: Let go of your ideas of a holiday table set with fancy-occasion china and themed linens. Start with a season-less striped tablecloth ($170) that works for every single holiday, then layer in these perfectly imperfect, handmade stoneware plates ($69). You don't need a wheat sheaf—print runner, when your menu shows off the bounty of the fall.
Simple ceramic pieces, hits of metallics, and organically shaped serving trays make for an earthy, farm-to-table vibe that perfectly suits a rustic, antipasti-style snacking session pre- or post-dinner.
Buffalo horn–handled flatware ($145) for serving are sure to catch the eye of every guest as dishes are passed. And a champagne bucket ($190) that would look equally at home in an all-white urban loft or a sybaritic home alongside the Aegean is a telltale sign of a seriously grown-up dinner.
See more of founders Dan and Dara Brewster's Rhode Island home.