Thanksgiving tablescapes

Photo courtesy of Homey Oh My!

Tomorrow is the big day, and if you’re like me, almost all your thinking has been about the Thanksgiving meal itself: “Who likes what?” “How long does that bake?” And “how many pans can I fit in the oven at once?”   

But a holiday meal should please the eye as well as the belly: It’s not too late to plan beautiful Thanksgiving tablescapes. Here’s a roundup of my favorite ideas; I hope it inspires you to make something lovely for your own celebration tomorrow.

A tablescape doesn’t have to be elaborate to look marvelous. Over at Homey Oh My!, blogger Amy starts with an heirloom table runner, pictured above, adding her copper-striped mini pumpkins, copper-tape candle holders, and bright floral arrangements from Trader Joe’s. The metal accents add a dash of glam without overpowering the simplicity of the overall look.

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Azulina Ceramics

Azulina Ceramics Clásico Collection. All photos: Melissa Moriarty

In February, we told you about Azulina Ceramics, a new favorite of ours for creating bright, happy tablescapes with dinnerware and servingware hand-painted by artisan women in Colombia.

Azulina owner Melissa Moriarty is in Dallas this week from her home in Colombia and you won’t want to miss her two local events. She’s selling her delightful ceramics, a new line of hand-embroidered linens, and Wayuu mochilas, which are colorful, knitted bags that she’s got in very limited quantities.

The linens are a new venture for Moriarty, who works with a co-op of single mothers for the pieces.

“The way the operation works is the women come to a central pick-up point, learn what to sew and in what pattern, are given a timeframe, take all the linens home with them where they can work and take care of their family, and then return the completed items to the drop-off point,” Moriarty said. “It’s a wonderful way to support women who can’t get out of the house otherwise to support themselves and their families. In a place like Colombia where most people commute one-to-two hours each direction for minimum wage of $300 per month, it’s a business model I am happy to support 100 percent.”

We’ve got the scoop on how to get your hands on these gorgeous pieces after the jump!

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The Rojo Collection from Azulina Ceramics. All photos: Melissa Moriarty

The Rojo Collection from Azulina Ceramics. All photos: Melissa Moriarty

Creating beautiful tablescapes is an art that combines functionality, flow, and style. Dinnerware is often relegated to a neutral backdrop and other elements take center stage.

Not so with Azulina Ceramics, dinnerware and servingware hand-painted by artisan women in Colombia and bursting with bright, happy colors and designs. Their craft  dates back over 100 years, and about three-and-a-half years ago, Houston-native Melissa Moriarty became enchanted with the style.

Moriarty moved to Medellín, Colombia, in the fall of 2011 and while living there, a friend told her about a small town known for its hand-painted ceramics, about 90 minutes outside the city.

“One day, when I was on the hunt for the perfect wedding gift, I drove out to the town, El Carmen de Viboral, and found a treasure trove of gorgeous blue and white ceramics,” Moriarty said. “The light bulb went off and I almost immediately came up with the idea to setup a business to sell the pottery in the U.S. I just knew that I couldn’t be the only one who would fall in love with the ceramics.”

Melissa Moriarty

Azulina Ceramics owner and founder Melissa Moriarty

She was right on, and Azulina Ceramics is for sale online and in over 35 stores in the U.S., including 11 in Texas and two in North Texas, P.S. The Letter and the Kimbell Art Museum gift shop.

I asked Moriarty about creating the perfect tablescape and to tell us the story of these lovely ceramics. She’s got great tips and a fascinating story!

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Photo courtesy of Homey Oh My!

Photo courtesy of Homey Oh My!

Tomorrow is the big day, and if you’re like me, almost all your thinking has been about the Thanksgiving meal itself: “Who likes what?” “How long does that bake?” And “how many pans can I fit in the oven at once?”   

But a holiday meal should please the eye as well as the belly: It’s not too late to plan a handsome Thanksgiving tablescape. Here’s a roundup of my favorite ideas; I hope it inspires you to make something beautiful for your own celebration tomorrow.

A tablescape doesn’t have to be elaborate to look marvelous. Over at Homey Oh My!, blogger Amy starts with an heirloom table runner, adding her copper-striped mini pumpkins, copper-tape candle holders, and bright floral arrangements from Trader Joe’s. The metal accents add a dash of glam without overpowering the simplicity of the overall look.

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