thanksgiving

high & low adult table & DIY

black and gold luxe thanksgiving adult table // sarah sherman samuelI’m mixing high (gold plated napkin rings & caviar) & low (DIY and Target candle holders) and the result is one super easy but fancy pants adult table. 

I’ve got the table all set up a day early again (I’m always more excited about the table set up than doing the cooking) and I’ve got a few last minute ideas for your thanksgiving table to steal from mine…

mix of high and low // black and gold luxe thanksgiving adult table + DIY // sarah sherman samuelplacemat DIY // thanksgiving table I love a non traditional table at thanksgiving and I like it to look like I went all out, even if it only took minutes. One idea is to lay a dark base, (luckily my table is dark but a black or deep hued table cloth would do the trick too) this sets the stage for some drama (the good kind).

Idea #2… Go monochromatic (always a fave). The dark table layered with dark placemats (DIY after the jump) and dark plates give the table a textural quality that instantly feels oh so rich.

placemat DIY // thanksgiving tableblack and gold luxe thanksgiving adult table // sarah sherman samuelAdd a touch of glam: I’ve added in my vintage brass toasting cups, gold plated napkin rings (these are part 2 of the SSS collaborations and are going to be available in the shop next week!), and serve up some caviar for an app. Just sprinkle on a cracker with a dollop of creme fraiche and your guests will be blown away. 

And lastly…Grab a wreath (or make one if you’re extra crafty) and use it as a centerpiece. We picked up this candle holder from target and put black candles in it to bring the monochromatic drama up into the centerpiece.

DIY details on the placemat and product sources after the jump!…

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from the weekend: thanksgiving

thanksgiving weekendI hope you all had a really great extra long Thanksgiving weekend. We spent turkey day with just a few friends this year, Amanda of 100 layer cake obviously knows how to put together a table (and cook a turkey for that matter. :)). It was a day filled with thanks, football, yummy eats, and lingering at the table for hours with good conversation. Everything Thanksgiving should be cracked up to be. Oh how I love the holidays and am not afraid to be a total nerd about it.

The rest of the weekend Rupe and I laid pretty low enjoying the quiet time with just the two of us before baby’s February arrival. We dug a few christmas decorations out, did a little shopping small on saturday, brunched, got a mani & pedi, and then traded in my Mini Cooper for a more mommy sized car (I may have cried when I had to turn in the keys. Stupid but true… I realllly liked that car. ha).

How did you guys spend your holiday?

Image by me via iphone & instagram (I’m @sarahshermansamuel).

Thanksgiving Tablescape Ideas & Giveaway

holiday table ideas & giveaway // smitten studioholiday table ideas & giveaway // smitten studioIt is probably no surprise that one of my favorite parts of the holidays is setting up a pretty table to gather around. It doesn’t have to be over the top or heavily themed, but I like to pull out the gold flatware and add a few unique pieces to make the table a little extra special. I’m calling this year’s a “natural luxe” tablescape.

To help you re-create a similar look I’ve listed a few ideas to try on your Thanksgiving table and I’ve teamed up with two amazing brands, The Citizenry and Suite One Studio, to give away these gorgeous pieces so that one lucky winner can get a head start!

thanksgiving table ideas & giveaway // smitten studio

holiday table ideas & giveaway // smitten studioholiday table ideas & giveaway // smitten studioholiday table ideas & giveaway // smitten studioIdea 1: Layer multiple dishes and napkins for extra depth.

For a holiday table I usually like to start with a charger, then add a napkin, then dinner plate and usually top it off with something decorative (like the pheasant feather) at each place setting. This table got its’ extra layer of luxe with the gold rimmed dessert plate and gold rimmed bowl that would be perfect for a little amuse bouche.

holiday table ideas & giveaway // smitten studioIdea 2: Create a centerpiece from the produce aisle.

Thanksgiving celebrates a time of harvest and bounty so why not create a centerpiece from the farmer’s market or just the produce aisle at your local grocery store. To keep it looking tasteful I stuck with a monochromatic palette. I love the texture of the artichokes which I used to make the bulk of the arrangement and then added in pears, gourds, and a little eucalyptus to fill it out.

holiday table ideas & giveaway // smitten studioholiday table ideas & giveaway // smitten studioIdea 3: Keep it neutral but play up textures.

This year I stuck with a neutral color palette and relied heavily on the patterns and textures of all the natural elements to up the luxe factor. Black, white, brown, and gold make for a rich color combination but bringing in the textures of the cow horn tumbler, pheasant feather, marble tabletop, cowhide rug, and wood grain planter take it to a whole ‘nother level.

The Citizenry & Suite One Studio Giveaway Details…
One winner will receive:
1 set of 2 Cow Horn Tumblers
1 Handcarved Adia Wood Planter
1 set of 2 Gold Rimmed Bowls
1 set of 2 Gold Rimmed Dessert Plates

TO ENTER: simply leave a comment below saying which tablescape idea you’d most likely try out, or a favorite one of your own, AND then enter here.

Entries must be posted by this Friday, November 21st. One winner will be chosen at random. Good Luck!

Sorry, limited to US readers only. Winner will be contacted by email once comments close and then announced on the bottom of this post soon after.

Images by Sarah Sherman Samuel

Additional Product Sources: Gold Flatware by West Elm // Gold Chargers by Target // Black & White Napkins by A Sunny Afternoon // Brass Goblets are vintage // Ceramic Cake Stand by Suite One Studio // Black Plates by CB2 // Table by Organic Modernism // Chairs are vintage

UPDATE: The giveaway is now closed and a winner has been selected. Thanks to everyone for entering and congrats to Carin Doliva.

Pear Hard Cider Sangria

pear-cider-sangriapear-cider-sangria2For the first time, Rupert and I are sticking around LA for the holidays. While I will be missing me some Michigan, I’m pretty excited about starting some new traditions with our growing family and celebrating with our friends out here.

While my expecting party of 1.5 won’t be partaking in the cocktails this year, I am already planning my contribution to Friendsgiving and this Pear Hard Cider Sangria is at the top of the beverage list. Target‘s new holiday collection will also be helping me to make sure the presentation is as tasty as the drink.

pear-cider-sangria4pear-cider-sangria3Pears are a fall favorite and make this twist on sangria (made with hard cider instead of wine) fit for a Thanksgiving cocktail hour. For this recipe you can make most of it in a pitcher ahead of time and then add the hard cider just before serving.

Pear Hard Cider Sangria Recipe

Ingredients:
1 cup quartered and thinly sliced unpeeled bartlett pears
1 navel orange—quartered and thinly sliced crosswise
1 cup apple juice, chilled
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/4 cup pear brandy
One 22-ounce bottle hard apple cider, chilled
Ice

Instructions: In a pitcher, combine the pears with the orange, apple juice, lemon juice and brandy. Just before serving, add the hard cider. Serve in tall glasses over ice. Cheers!

Product Sources: Round Gold Tray from Target (in-store), find similar (in silver) online here // Small Gold Bowls from Target // Cutting Board by A Sunny Afternoon // Rectangle Gold Tray from Target  // Tall Tumbler Glasses from Target // Brass Cocktail Picks from Lawson Fenning

Images by Sarah Sherman Samuel

This post is sponsored by Target. Shop Home Décor for modern luxury made easy.
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November in review

smitten studio november in reviewWhen I was pulling all my November Instagrams together I realized that this was the very first month of the year that I didn’t travel anywhere! I knew I was traveling a lot but didn’t realize how much until seeing an entire month at home. Although that’s not to say it wasn’t an eventful month… we had my sister and her family in town for thanksgiving, I left my full-time position at Greenroom, attended our first holiday party (Urbanic’s parties are always a good time), and put some work into getting my home studio ready for some more frequent use (which I shared photos of and a bit about my creative journey on Eva Blacks blog).

Meanwhile, back at the cabin my parents got to watch a couple coyotes feeding right on the beach in front. I also shared a few before &  after shots of the cabin on Design Sponge.

Images from my instagram feed (i’m @sarahshermansamuel)