Autumn food decorations for thanksgiving

There’s something special about hosting Thanksgiving.

Whether celebrated among family, friends or some combination of both, it marks a time to gather and show appreciation for one another in ways that everyday life doesn’t always allow. And although televised parades in the morning and afternoon football often occupy many folks’ attention during this uniquely American holiday, it always centers on preparing and serving a meal.

In that regard, area design experts have just what you need to set the perfect Thanksgiving tablescape, from dishes and chargers to other decorations that elevate any setting. And at interior design firm Edwin Pepper & Associates, close communication between designer and client remains key.

“As a designer, we have the ability to transform a space into something of beauty, comfort and functionality through the creative process,” says interior designer Carol Snyder, “all the while keeping in mind the client’s overall goals, budget and aesthetics.”

For Thanksgiving, Snyder recommends something simple, allowing for more open dialogues between family and friends – in essence, truly savoring what makes the holiday so special: sharing memories. How to cut down on the clutter and hassle, though? Simple: buffets.

“When entertaining large groups, a buffet allows family and guests to mingle, with great conversation,” she says.

Thankfully, the experts at Edwin Pepper & Associates have your setting covered, no matter the theme of your current home. Recent projects include everything from modern penthouse looks to elegant, luxurious layouts – each a showcase of the firm’s flexibility and skill.

But there’s more to Thanksgiving than where the food can be found.

“It is a time of year when people come together to take the time to sit around your dining table,” says Patti Porter, owner of Kirkwood design and décor shop Rusted Chandelier. “Having a table or room that you have created with ambiance helps your guest to feel welcome and comfortable.”

It’s not as easy as it sounds, though. Porter points out that homeowners can overthink their dining room setup, making it difficult to actually set the table for arguably the most bountiful meal of the year.

“I feel that it is important not to overcrowd your table too much so [that] people feel they might spill something,” she says. “So I encourage people to remember your chandelier – and you can always dress yours with twigs, pine, berries, ribbon, etc.”

Porter suggests other easy add-ons and details – all available at Rusted Chandelier – to add ambiance to the table without occupying too much real estate.

“Using fun wicker chargers is great for Thanksgiving, and the bamboo flatware is so warm [and] welcoming with plaid napkins,” she says. “Adding a piece of eucalyptus garland down the center with pine stems and small pumpkins and tucking in votives would be a nice touch.”

So between choosing unique settings and emphasizing simplicity over all else, make this Thanksgiving your most special yet – no matter how you design your tablescape. 

Edwin Pepper & Associates, 9974 Old Olive St. Rd., St. Louis, 314-455-4500,

Rusted Chandelier, 118 N Kirkwood Rd., Kirkwood, 314-821-7881,