One story in the Nov/Dec issue of Traditional Home really caught my attention. It highlights the holiday traditions of Capucine and David Gooding, founders of luxury brand Juliska. You already know the table settings will be divine. But, what really caught my attention were the details that Capucine incorporates into her table settings.
Boston-based calligrapher, Pier Gustafson, created beautiful place cards for her table. One side has the person’s name, on the other a fun question, such as “Can you name all the Reindeer?” to keep the conversation moving.
You could incorporate this idea for your Thanksgiving table with questions, such as “Stuffing or potatoes?”, “Do you prefer dark meat or white”, “What are you most thankful for?” or “Pumpkin, apple or pecan pie?”.
And, in case you think place cards are a bit stuffy, think of them as strategic seating assignments. You’re guaranteed a spot next to your favorite relative!
And, finally….I couldn’t help but notice the Gratitude banner, which the family adds to through the months of November and December. They keep track of people, places and things that they are grateful for. The best tradition of all!
If you want to have a specific place for everyone, you can handwrite the place cards yourself or if you want to take it up a notch, enlist the help of a talented calligrapher.