I love the idea of an outdoor Thanksgiving. In Nashville, we’re expecting a 60 degree day, and if the weather holds I plan to recreate this styled shoot in our own backyard. I think that pairing up the outdoors with a cozy fire pit, a well stocked beverage table, and good friends and great food says “Thanksgiving” to me.
This shoot is all about the unexpected– I wanted to play with different color tones and elements of design that were not traditionally “Thanksgiving” per se– so I mixed bold color (Coral, vivid yellows) with greens and oranges as a primary palette, bringing in wood tones, rich teal, and metallic bronze.
Most of these items are from my own home– I challenge you to find items that you can happily blend together for harmonious decor for you table. I have the luck and good fortune that Elizabeth from Stockroom Vintage is a only a few miles down the road, so I used a few pieces from her collection: the beautiful aqua shutters, old ladder stand, vintage clocks, garden trellis, cake stand, gray topped wood table and vintage medicine chest are all pieces from her collection. I augmented our beverage table with my own Nesbitt’s thermometer and ancient yellow radio, oversized mason jars, and candles for flair– as well as some very special bourbons. All the beautiful photography was by my oh-so-talented husband, Don Yeager of Donald Yeager Photography
The bar menu I displayed with clocks from Stockroom Vintage set to 5 o’clock–
An easy tip for adding pizzazz to pillars: Baker’s Twine! Every well stocked beverage table should offer non-alcholic options (I opted for Brooklyn’s orange).
My husband is quite the bourbon fan– and every fall the Antique Collection hits the streets– his favorite? The George T. Stagg. So, obviously that has to appear on our holiday table We also picked a great bourbon– the Belle Meade Bourbon– to make cocktails with, and a bottle of delicious red to pair with our meal.
Love those ball jars, don’t you?
The paper goods I designed were all contemporary-modern in navy and teal, with clean, block lettering. Each place-setting is suspended by a colored glass ball, and I just loved this Old Time Pottery find of Turkey salt and pepper shakers– too cute
The table centerpieces were enclosed in cream colored ceramic enhanced with rustic bind wire, green hydrangea, Quicksand Roses, dusty miller, hypericum, coral charm peonies, yellow calla lilies, white dahlia and free spirit roses for a mix of color and texture.
The shot above I love– the light was just perfect!
It was a beautiful afternoon and a lovely shoot, and I was so happy with how all the details came together. I hope that it inspires you to try something unexpected and fun for your holiday table this Thursday!