This Fashion Insiders Holiday Tabletop Essential Is a Grocery Store Find

fall vegetables on a table
photography by Katie Newburn for MARCH

The idea of entertaining has a stuffy reputationone backed by china patterns, matching silverware sets, and floral displays so elaborate they should come with Claritin tablets. If only everyone had the chance to attend a Claire Olshan dinner party. The DADA Daily founder doesnt take her tablescape too seriously. In fact, she encourages guests to play with their food.

Ive always loved creating a fun, festive table for Thanksgiving, she tells us. One thing I did last year that Ill definitely do again is buy a ton of seasonally appropriate harvest vegetables and use them as decoration. Think: gourds, pumpkins, artichokes, eggplants, cabbages basically, whatever you can find at your local farmers market or grocery store. But instead of putting them on the menu, she uses them DIY a three-part eclectic centerpiece.

Claire Olshan sitting on a sofa
Photography by Lianna Tarantin

First, she mixes whole, bright purple cabbages with tea lights and DADA Daily hand candles scattered in zig-zags down the middle of the table to get a glow going. Then, she takes it a step further, carving holes in the top of some of the more vibrant veggies and using them as makeshift vases. (Her favorite arrangement is eucalyptus branches.)

Their function isnt purely ornamentalOlshan uses her supermarket loot as servingware, too. Larger gourds get turned into bowls for a medley of colorful dips; bright pink beet and deep saffron hummuses provide a sharp contrast against the orangey hues of pumpkins and squash.

All it takes to bring a bit of Olshans signature tabletop decor home is a quick jaunt to Trader Joes. She would dress up her produce with equally vivid linens from the likes of Loretta Caponi or Cabana, though if you prefer a pared back look, she recommends simple white plates. The table always looks like organized, delicious, bountiful chaos, she says, a little visual nod to what most Thanksgiving dinners feel like in their essence.

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