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A Modern Meets Traditional Friendsgiving

What happens when you mix Scandinavian sensibilities with cozy cabin moments? The perfect Thanksgiving tabletop to show off a modern, yet traditional style, that's what. And yet - it' so much more than that.

how to set a modern-meets-traditional thanksgiving tabletop | coco +kelley

Stay with me here...

See, when I think about my girlfriends, I see strong, forward-thinking women who can definitely hold their own. And yet... we're all very traditional in our own ways as well.

how to set a modern-meets-traditional thanksgiving tabletop | coco +kelley

When I teamed up with Skinnygirl® Cocktails earlier this year to learn more about them, I didn't think it would lead me to such a thoughtful moment of realization about what they - and I - celebrate in my girlfriends, but here it is. I adore all of the strong amazing women in my life, and I'm proud to call them my friends. This table is for celebrating them!

mixed patterns and wild florals for a thanksgiving tabletop | coco +kelley

They are a little bit wild - like these flowers. They have many many layers. They strike a perfect balance in exuding and embracing their feminine and 'masculine' sides like the mix of patterns. They aren't afraid to be a little bit glamorous, but they like to keep things simple too...

how to set a modern-traditional thanksgiving tabletop | coco+kelley

mixed floral and plaid tabletop for thanksgiving or fall entertaining| coco +kelley

wild florals and plaid for a thanksgiving tabletop | coco+kelley

And you know they love their wine!!!

tips to setting the perfect friendsgiving tabletop with skinnygirl | coco+kelley

And on a holiday like Thanksgiving, trust me when I say a wine like these selections from Skinnygirl® Cocktails is what you want to be drinking. (Less calories!!)

But let's talk about this table... because I want to teach you guys how easy it is to put something like this together just by knowing about a few tricks...

mixed floral and plaid tabletop for thanksgiving or fall entertaining| coco +kelley

First - we created a cozy texture with a blanket instead of a tablecloth! For a modern table - like this one - it adds a ton of warmth. For a table that's already a bit rustic, even better! Thrift or vintage store finds are perfect for this purpose - obviously you're not putting your best cashmere throw on a tabletop!

tips to setting the perfect thanksgiving tabletop with skinnygirl and coco+kelley

tips to setting a cozy thanksgiving tabletop with coco+kelley

Next - it's all about layering pattern. The key is alway mixing scale and keeping a cohesive color palette when it comes to this task. Here we added a really organic floral pattern to the strong lines of a buffalo plaid, offset by a gold charger. The trick to getting away with another plaid on the table is to make sure that the patterns don't align. You'll notice that the throw on the table is at an angle!

mixed floral and plaid tabletop for thanksgiving or fall entertaining| coco +kelley

Then comes the fun part! Adding texture through some natural items like leaves (stolen from the neighbor's tree) or feathers. We added a few white miniature pumpkins too not only because they're festive but because it brings more white throughout the table.

mixed floral and plaid tabletop for thanksgiving or fall entertaining| coco +kelley

tips to setting the perfect fall thanksgiving tabletop with coco+kelley

For extra warmth, I'd even add some shearling throws to each seat - or maybe a blanket at each place setting as a gift! How better to show your girlfriends how much you appreciate them.

mixed floral and plaid tabletop for thanksgiving or fall entertaining | coco +kelley

mixed floral and plaid tabletop for thanksgiving or fall entertaining| coco +kelley

Then, of course, it's time to pour the wine (my favorite is the Skinnygirl® Pinot Noir), sit back, and enjoy an evening with your very favorite people.

Make sure you have loads of drink recommendations and recipes up your sleeve for the holidays by signing up for the Skinnygirl® Cocktails Tastemakers program!

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Photography by Meghan Klein / Florals by cpjandco

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