Set the scene as you set the table for holiday merriment.
Celebrate fall with an eclectic mix of everyday and special-occasion items, including Portuguese stoneware from Skyros Designs with hand-applied finishes ($32-$60 for plates, bowls and chargers) and handmade European crystal stemware, vases and bone china chargers ($165-$395) inspired by Great Britain’s Regency period, all from William Yeoward and available at local store Do Me a Favor.
The holiday table can go one of two ways: setting for a convivial meal with warm, engaging conversation and true connection, or arena for fractured-family bickering and arguments about politics. Nudge it toward the former by crafting a beautiful and inviting tablescape.
“With so much effort that goes into a holiday dinner, the table can get consumed so fast, despite all the hours of cooking. Having a lovely table is an acknowledgement. It’s also a mark of respect for the family,” says Mary Upchurch, designer and co-owner of Do Me a Favor, a luxury home goods and gift emporium in Phoenix.
For a Thanksgiving feast, consider a mix of everyday settings like Portuguese stoneware from Skyros with crystal stemware and vases from William Yeoward’s Regency-inspired collection, all available at Do Me a Favor. Scottsdale-based Holland Boone Home offers elegant yet playful riffs on the autumnal harvest, with pumpkin-shaped platters and a pumpkin-shaped pie holder, crafted from a blend of metal alloys.
A formal dinner would not be complete without ambient lighting. Crystal hurricanes by William Yeoward reflect flickering candles within, bathing guests in a soft, golden light. Play up the ruby tones of yuletide with sprays of flowers in cranberry, wine and blush, or forgo the red-and-green scheme altogether for a palette of silver, pearly off-white and sapphire blue, which would also befit a Hanukkah dinner. Textured flatware complete the free-spirited refinement.
“It creates that welcoming, beautiful environment to sit down to, like in a movie, like you see it in the magazines,” Holland Boone co-owner Dominique Boone says. “People probably do a buffet with paper plates, but that extra special touch is not that difficult to do, and it gathers everyone around the table.”
Autumn is in the air with this abundant tablescape, complete with leaf-shaped bowl and pumpkin-shaped casserole, bowl, plates and pie dish ($16.50-$54.50). Amber-hued hand-blown glass goblets ($11.50 each) and large fluted hurricane ($69.50) with caramel pillar candle ($34.50) add pops of color and warmly reflected light.
Holland Boone Home
16801 N. 90th St., Scottsdale
Cranberry and wine colors pop against a snowy background with icy crystal stemware and wine decanters ($165-$275), and vases and hurricanes ($350 and up), creating an ethereal glow. The romantic refinery continues with bone china chargers ($395) and plates ($155-$255). All items are hand-made in Europe by William Yeoward.
Do Me a Favor
4247 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix
For a funkier – yet still refined – take on a holiday dinner, nix the usual red and green in favor of bursts of sapphire blue against a silver-and-pearl-safari canvas. Vietri ceramic dinnerware in Lastra and Safari ($38-$255) contrasts with the dark azure of Le Jacquard Francais table linens ($32-$685). Add another patterned and textural element to the mix with Alain Saint-Joanis flatware ($465 for a five-piece place setting).
7033 E. First Ave., Scottsdale
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