When it comes to holiday entertaining Lizz Luckhart Schleifer is inviting busy women to remember what’s really important and it isn’t the Pinterest-perfect tablescape. Instead, she wants you to RSVP for some memory-making and time enjoying your family.
The celebrated style-maker and owner of Lizz Luckhart Designs Haus & Garden Stylist has planned and executed some of the Lowcountry’s most exquisite events, and has now brought her talents into your home and garden. We joined Lizz and the delightful Candice Wigfield of Hamby Catering and Market at a Thanksgiving-themed event to learn insider tips for creating beautiful holiday tablescapes while enjoying the scrumptious seasonal menu offered by Hamby Market.
❑ Use what you have. Lizz incorporated her heirloom ginger jars as vases for large stems of cotton and smaller ones on the table. “There is an impulse to get that piece with ‘thankful’ written on it and I get it - I appreciate a good Target run,” explains Lizz “but remember, with heirloom pieces, every time you use them, you’re creating memories for your family.
❑ Be a gatherer. Bold magnolia greens clipped from a neighbors yard grounded the tablescape. Lizz sprayed a select few leaves gold and tucked cotton, white pumpkins and deer antlers into the mix. The effect was structurally interesting, layered, natural and oh-so-Southern.
❑ Don’t over-orange your decor. Lizz approached Sarah Reed of Dodeline Design about using her custom designed Charleston-toile fabric - in the perfect shade of blue - to create a limited edition set of table runners. The runner provided the perfect backdrop for the seasonal display of greens and coupled with the ginger jars made blue and white the perfect fall choice. Lizz also recommend investing in white cloth napkins because they’re easy to clean with a good bleach. “They may get wine stains, but as my grandmother would say, ‘that’s just patina,’” laughs Lizz.
The key takeaway: we can elevate our experience in simpler ways by using what we have. In doing so, we’re creating a more sustainable experience for our family in both material and emotional ways. We associate memories with special items, and when your child is a grandmother and pulls out the timeless pieces you used every Thanksgiving to decorate her table, she’s going to remember that lovely time with you and that is what we’re truly grateful for.