Autumn with a touch of gold
As I was writing my post for a Thanksgiving decor inspiration, I kept thinking about just how important it was to not lose sight of the true meaning. The holiday season has always been about breaking bread, sharing a meal, and enjoying your harvest goodies. But setting up a beautiful table and having a feast is just a small part of getting a family together. What's truly valuable are the relationships and the people with whom we share our table, our meals, and our space in this world.
Getting in the holiday spirit start by counting our blessings and searching for things we’re grateful for. Let's find a way to show gratitude to those we love and care for, which includes total strangers as well. Sometimes, it's easier to show generosity and empathy to people we know nothing about. Living in a world where Instagram worthy images show life as perfectly aligned, cropped, and edited, it can become all too easy to allow our beliefs and judgments to dictate how we perceive others.
You may not have the perfect relationship with everyone. And while the whole world seems to be enjoying with families and friends, you may feel a little secluded, or exhausted from the thought of having or not having a "perfect" gathering. Life isn’t perfect, and neither are our relationships with every single person we meet in this lifetime. Let’s enjoy life with the people we do have and with those who truly care to be a part of it. Even if it’s one person or two people in your life, those numbers are just as valuable and something to celebrate.
To practice gratitude and foster positivity this year, I’ve decided to do an exercise. Identify and jot down three admirable or considerable things about someone you may dislike or someone who may dislike you (yes, count yourself also as the imperfect one). Everyone has friends and/or family who love and care for them. In fact, we all have a side to us that we tend to only share to those closest to us. We may only show this party, to which the rest of the world weren't or might never be exposed.
Negative experiences can damage relationships and affect our ability to see good in people. This exercise is an attempt to clear the mind. You won’t be doing this for someone else. This is for yourself and for you to show some gratitude towards your own soul, so it can be free from spite, hate, or disparity even if only for a day. When you sit at the family dinner table or across the room from someone during brunch, you can still see people who mean something to someone in this world. Whether it's Thanksgiving or Friendsgiving, give it a try and see if it’s helpful. Do the same for people with whom you have a wonderful relationship. Also, write down what you are you grateful for this season. I hope this exercise is helpful to get you started on your holiday planning and get into that positive mindset.
As a wedding and events planner, I plan, design, and style details that dictate the ambiance. I create enjoyable experiences that please the senses and bring people together. In doing so, I often seek purpose and a story that leads me to my design process. This is why it's important to remember the true meaning of things. Just like when you plan and design a wedding, you have to remember what the wedding is truly about. It's about two people getting married. The ceremony setup, the reception decor, and the sweet details are all secondary to that relationship. Same goes for baby-showers, bridal-showers, or any gathering of families and friends. Once you've found the true meaning, everything else comes from the heart. Having said that, here is an inspiration table for your next gathering.
For this warm and inviting dinner-table, I chose classic silhouettes and soft colors of glazed stoneware pieces to complement the pop of autumn color on the floral centerpiece. I'm extra proud of this floral arrangement which I have designed and put together myself with leftover flowers! The pearl white flowers mixed in with autumn maple orange and green hues give this piece such a fresh and fall vibe! Can you imagine an entire room filled with this arrangement in gold-mercury-glass-pedestal bowl? This is perfect for not only your family gathering but also a clean and classy reception table. Bring the outdoors in with the twig-shaped handles of the gold and silver flatware. While the smoke gray and white glassware, the green and gold beaded napkins, the autumn navy candles, and sage green candles complement the well-balanced color palette, the clear and timeless candle holders add shine to the dinner table.
If you are looking for more thanksgiving related inspiration, check out last week's post mauve and green thanksgiving tablescape. Thank you so much for reading, and Happy Thanksgiving!
Design, Styling, and Florals: Nusfolio
Shop the Look: