“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 602-200-0190, domeafavorphx.com
|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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