#FreshLookFriday: Nautical Nordic Thanksgiving Table Setting

Looking for a unique Thanksgiving table setting sure to impress your guests? As a woman who is #TeamSummer with our home’s decor all year long, I came up with a way to incorporate that nautical charm into a Nordic holiday table setting that spoke to both my Scandinavian and Portuguese roots.

Our blank canvas is this gorgeous white farmhouse style table and set of chairs I bought at Wayfair. I’m OBSESSED with the back detail on these chairs! Our rug is a bit of a unique piece designed by NuLoom x Thomas Paul & found here, which I bought as a gift to my husband because the octopus is his favorite animal! The silver & white quatrefoil curtains are also from Wayfair.

First, I found a runner to match the all silver & white theme I wanted. (Mine came from Homegoods, but this one by Amazon is very similar.) Next, I introduced the fall theme with these locally sourced white pumpkins and some silver candles. For the centerpiece, I used an inexpensive tall vase from Michael’s and filled it with shells I found on local beaches.

Now, it’s time to set the table! I chose these silver beaded chargers I also snagged from Homegoods to accent these square white plates from Crate & Barrel. (Here’s where you can find similar silver chargers if Homegoods is out.) For the napkins, I selected a plain white set from Pier1 and folded them using a trick I’d learned waitressing in college.

The Napkin Trick!

  1. Lay the napkin flat on the table.
  2. Take the bottom left corner, and fold it to meet the top right to create a triangle.
  3. Fold in the bottom right corner and bottom left so they make a square.
  4. Pull the napkin through the ring so it looks like a squid!
  5. If these steps seem confusing or it doesn’t look right, watch the step-by-step tutorial in the video above 🙂

For silverware, I stuck with the silver nautical theme by using a set we’d received from Christmas Tree Shops (similar set from Bed Bath & Beyond here). I set the utensils according to table setting standards of having the fork on the left, knife and soup spoon on the right, dessert spoon and fork up top. Any glasses should go to the top right of any setting.

We’re leaving room on this table for my favorite serving platters by Mud Pie Gifts, and I added a splash of color by having fun sprinkling cranberries across the table as a finishing touch.

To see it all step by step and take a look at the end result, watch my video above. Happy decorating!