black and gold luxe thanksgiving adult table // sarah sherman samuelI’m mixing high (gold plated napkin rings & caviar) & low (DIY and Target candle holders) and the result is one super easy but fancy pants adult table. 

I’ve got the table all set up a day early again (I’m always more excited about the table set up than doing the cooking) and I’ve got a few last minute ideas for your thanksgiving table to steal from mine…

mix of high and low // black and gold luxe thanksgiving adult table + DIY // sarah sherman samuelplacemat DIY // thanksgiving table I love a non traditional table at thanksgiving and I like it to look like I went all out, even if it only took minutes. One idea is to lay a dark base, (luckily my table is dark but a black or deep hued table cloth would do the trick too) this sets the stage for some drama (the good kind).

Idea #2… Go monochromatic (always a fave). The dark table layered with dark placemats (DIY after the jump) and dark plates give the table a textural quality that instantly feels oh so rich.

placemat DIY // thanksgiving tableblack and gold luxe thanksgiving adult table // sarah sherman samuelAdd a touch of glam: I’ve added in my vintage brass toasting cups, gold plated napkin rings (these are part 2 of the SSS collaborations and are going to be available in the shop next week!), and serve up some caviar for an app. Just sprinkle on a cracker with a dollop of creme fraiche and your guests will be blown away. 

And lastly…Grab a wreath (or make one if you’re extra crafty) and use it as a centerpiece. We picked up this candle holder from target and put black candles in it to bring the monochromatic drama up into the centerpiece.

DIY details on the placemat and product sources after the jump!…

placemat-diyWhen I said a mix of high and low, I wasn’t kidding. I went in search of black placemats and came up empty handed on my limited time-frame so instead I picked up a roll of rubber drawer liner and made a quick placemat in just a few steps for just a few dollars.

Supplies needed: Rubber Drawer liner, Scissors, marker (white if its on black), a large bowl, and gold tape.

Step 1: Place the bowl upside down on the mat. Step 2: Trace around it. Step 3: Use the gold tape to create a simple design. Step 4: Trim it out with the scissors.

black and gold luxe thanksgiving adult table // sarah sherman samuelNow all that is left is to layer up the rest of the goods and you’ve got yourself one beauty of a place setting.

Shop the post:

Gold Flatware from West Elm // Matte Black Dishes from CB2 (old find similar here) // Napkins from Sarah Sherman Samuel // Brass Champagne Cups (vintage) // Gold Plated Napkin Rings by Sarah Sherman Samuel (available next week in the shop!) // Candle holder from Target // Roe Caviar

  • Lilix

    Great tablescape! I’ve been eyeing that gold flatware set from Westelm for the longest time! How well have they held up for you? Does the gold chip or wear off eventually?

    • sarah

      Hi lilix, I have had mine for a couple years now and they still look great. I even put them in the dishwasher which I am probably not supposed to. ha

    • Lilix

      Thanks for getting back to me! Glad to hear about the flatware, will have to order a set then. Happy Thanksgiving! 🙂

  • Dena

    Sarah, thanks for all the inspirations! Question: how do you create variety of settings if you have one set of dinnerware? I only and white and I like to save the earth so I don’t want to buy so many things. Thoughts?

    • sarah

      Hi Dena,
      Ah yes! I only have two sets myself, a white and a black. You can get the variety by changing up what goes on the plate and in the centerpiece. I like to make centerpieces and place setting markers out of fresh produce so that you can eat them after. Or, take a look around your house and find things that you would necessarily think of using on a table! Like the drawer liner for example. Or maybe you want to start collecting different glassware to switch things up. Go for vintage instead of buying new and that is all good for mother earth. x

    • I do the same with produce, I really like pomegranates as a centerpiece,they add a little colour and you don’t have to throw them out. I used them for a holiday themed shoot I’m posting soon, alongside some airplants, something I also liked because it adds green to the table yet you can still keep them afterwards.
      Love your drawer liner idea by the way! x

  • This is pretty incredible Sarah, they look so expensive! Keep being crafty

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  • Gina Kim

    I am in love with this table setting! Where did you get the wreath? Was it DIY?

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