Mood Board for Thanksgiving

Nov 2014

I find mood boards really helpful for organizing ideas.  When it comes to the holidays, it’s a simple way to pull together themes you might want for entertaining.  Once I have an overall concept for my table, I will make a mood board for Thanksgiving.  In addition, I will take this a step further and draft a board for the centerpiece, linens and recipes I will make for the day. For someone easily distracted with a lot of options, this can be a real lifesaver!

moodboard for Thanksgiving Inspiration
  • For a sustainable centerpiece, I like the idea of gathering natural elements from the yard and nearby woods.  There are always interesting dried options within easy reach either in my yard, or that of friends. This is a way to bring indoors the last life from the garden.  Once you start looking, you’ll be amazed at what you can pull together.
  • This year I am going to dip dye some neutral table linens I have. This weekend will be busy.
  • Even though I am no longer eating meat, there is no getting around the fact that turkey is the main event in our house. Truth be told, the sides are my favorite part of the meal and I like to introduce a recipe that’s off the beaten path from traditional Thanksgiving fare.  Today, I’m thinking about a wild rice and butternut squash combo, adding some pecans for crunch. Continuing the squash theme, I will include this salad with pomegranate seeds that is as tasty as it is beautiful.
  • Introducing  a shot of color can make the traditional Thanksgiving palate sing. This is where i’ll head to the garden again with an accent of royal violet- my callicarpa {beautyberry} bush will fit the bill perfectly.
  • Birch bark is a great material to build out the centerpiece. Adding native fruits and vegetables and pods allows you to lengthen the center visual in an economical way, keeping the site line low.

I hope this has been a helpful illustration of how I pull together my holiday theme.  Do you have some secrets that work for your planning?  As always, I’d love to hear from you in the comments.

  1. Hi Alison, first up Happy Birthday! All good now, I couldn’t access your website from my computer last night, not sure why. I love mood boards, I find getting all my ideas out of my brain and into a visual form so helpful and clarifying. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, can’t believe it was a year ago you wrote that beautiful piece for my blog on your Thanksgiving. Have a lovely day. Catherine x

    • alison says:

      Catherine-Thank you so much for all of your support. It is truly appreciated. My birthday in Charleston has been a huge treat, and my husband has gone above and beyond! xo