A rental house provides limited options for table decor. That's fine, because impeccable linens and fine china can't compete with ocean views, walks to Bert's Market, and a jumble of family. We make it work with a mix of what the rental house has on hand, and what we bring ourselves.
So what to bring?
Serveware is a different story. Unless you want to end up serving your cranberries in a plastic mixing bowl, it's best to bring your own. I love my Taika serving bowl, and it's going to provide the foundation for the rest of the table. Instead of linen, we'll bring some pretty paper napkins. Normally I love my cloth napkins (we use ours for pretty much every meal), but they're the kind of thing I'd toss in the washing machine and forget, only to remember once we reach Wilson, NC on the drive home. Paper it is. Napkin rings are optional, but a simple way to dress up your table, and they can be tossed right back into your suitcase as soon as dinner is over.
What are your Thanksgiving plans? Hitting the road or staying home? Baking or ordering? Flowers or seashells?
Image credits: A Southern Thanksgiving via Food & Wine / Loose greens in a pitcher is just the right balance of relaxed and festive (via Lonny)
Shopping credits, from top left: I'm having a minor selenite obsession at the moment, and these candle holders would look great paired with our beach finds / How cute are these cocktail napkins? / This Iiattala Taika bowl is gorgeous in person, and perfect for the holidays / Can't go wrong with Caspari / These gold napkin rings bring out the gold in the serving bowl, and I love pairing a modern geometric shape with a whimsical print / Can't go wrong with simple white dinner plates / A simple white pitcher, perfect for flowers or day-after-Thanksgiving bloodies