Thanksgiving Table: Spartan


To celebrate Thanksgiving, we’ve invited some of our favorite artists, designers and shop owners to contribute table-setting ideas with all of their favorite products and objects. Each day this week and next, we’ll be sharing one with you. Today, we’re delighted to present a table setting styled by Spartan, an Austin-based home goods store specializing in beautiful craft and design items. Spartan’s setting provides a pared-down yet incredibly warm alternative to the standard Thanksgiving fare. — Max


The fruit and vegetable offerings of fall are so vibrant and beautiful that I tend to set a simple table of warm neutrals (creams/whites/tans) paired with handsome wood serving boards, bowls and utensils. Especially at Thanksgiving, I love a feeling of natural bounty, and the food should be the star of the show! Instead of vases of flowers, I opt for small bowls of edibles — pears, persimmons, figs, chestnuts, peppers, etc. In this setting, I paired a simple white and wood palate with beer-bottle lanterns, heavy all-purpose tumblers and oversized rustic linen napkins and placed tiny Seckel pears in the center of each plate.

More images after the jump . . .


Spartan products featured in the above photos:

  1. Love the “pared-down” table setting. Very clever!

  2. EmilyB says:

    are those plates trend pacific’s modern bauhaus? i have a set with the blue edge and have been looking for replacement bowls like crazy!

  3. rachel says:

    I love the table, can you tell me who makes it? Thanks!

  4. Sam says:

    the wooden serving bowls are to die for.

  5. Yelle says:

    Love the gorgeous simplicity of the white plates, napkins, and fresh seasonal fruit.

  6. Marina Klima says:

    It looks neat and simple. and the wooden serving bowl looks perfect for the setting.

  7. Karolina says:

    Simple, easy but beautifull!

  8. 3chictogo says:

    Love the table! Simple but elegant. Just perfect!

  9. patricia says:

    I love this new Thanksgiving feature.

    In a family of good cooks I am the “artistic one” and always get to decorate the table.
    Beautiful and inspiring ideas. I can’t wait for the next one!

  10. The plates look like Bauhaus. My mom has a huge set she bought from Crate & Barrel in the early 80’s. I covet them. CB2 has their own version too that are almost identical. Very cool!

  11. Lisa Tanner says:

    Oh my gosh, love love love everything!

  12. Melonie says:

    I second (or third) the folks above, where did those great tables come from??

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