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A Modern Glam Thanksgiving at CUCINA Enoteca

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A Modern Glam Thanksgiving table with antler chandeliers and wine-stained napkins

Who’s ready for a decadent visual FEAST? Because Vanessa Van Wieren from Alchemy Fine Events & Invitations is serving up some seriously incredible eye candy today! I love the non-traditional twist that she gave this Modern Glam Thanksgiving Table, which was styled on location at new Del Mar hotspot Cucina Enoteca. From insanely gorgeous florals and glam metallics to playful accents like hand-painted eggplants and twisted metal “place cards”, everything about this tablesape feels festive, warm and inviting… I’ll take a menu, please! ;)

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

  • DIY “Wine Splattered” Napkins embellished with beautiful Black Orchids
  • Hand-painted Eggplants reading Thankful, Grateful, and Blessed (LOVE this idea!)
  • Autumn-inspired Pomegranate Cocktail + stunning Gold Goblets
  • Chunky Butternut Squash Soup + Rosemary & Honey Pine Nut Tart
  • Super cool interior decor from CUCINA Enoteca… “a modern kitchen combined with the history and comfort of an old rustic country farmhouse.

DIY painted eggplant centerpiece that says grateful, thankful & blessed

glam, gold painted pumpkin centerpieces with black orchids

festive thanksgiving menu ideas such as an old fashioned cocktail and a rustic cheese board

butternut squash soup for thanksgiving dinner

a modern glam thanksgiving by alchemy fine events

glam gold and white table setting ideas with wire shaped name place card

Cucina Enoteca fall menu for thanksgiving including cocktails, beans and salad

a pomegranate cocktail on a wooden coaster in a goblet

holiday table with gold spray painted antlers, pink and purple flowers, painted eggplants, and gold votive candle holders

Cucina Enoteca interior decor with hanging globes and toy horses

the outdoor patio at cucina enoteca in del mar

PARTY DETAILS, as told by Vanessa…

With time flying faster than ever, Thanksgiving snuck up on us once again. With the cold weather, my passion for food and wine emerge stronger than ever and what better way to celebrate a day full of feasting than with a super stylish table. Along with Cucina Enoteca, we wanted to create our version of a modern day Thanksgiving tablescape showing you how you can ditch the traditional for a more modern glam sort of affair.

We started by layering on gorgeous gold, cobalt and white vintage china by Hostess Haven and served champs, wine and water in her to-die-for amethyst, crystal and gold goblets.

In lieu of the more traditional reds/rusts/oranges you tend to see this time of year, we wanted to go plum/purple/raspberry and black for a more updated, striking and savvy style. Isari Flower Studio helped us bring this vision to life with their lush full blooms full of texture and style, including peonies, dahlias, black mini calla lilies and exotic leaves for a super lush and decadent design.

We then layered on white pumpkins, modern gold vases and horns with super sleek lucite to accessorize the ultra long feasting style table scape. For a fun twist and reminder on what the holiday is all about, we even hand-painted eggplants with the words ‘Grateful,’ ‘Thankful’ and ‘Blessed’ to mix into the design.

For a super wine-infused dinner, we created an awesome DIY you can easily re-create at home! We started with a canvas napkin and then splattered on 2 tones of raspberry and plum dye and even stenciled on wine rings for a realistic effect.

Happy Thanksgiving from Alchemy Fine Events & Invitations!!

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  1. @AlchemyEventsVW November 25, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    Our Modern Glam Thanksgiving shoot with lunaphoto Hostess Haven Isari Flower Studio with location & food by… https://www.hwtm.com/2013/11/modern-glam-thanksgiving-cucina-enoteca/

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    Love these ideas, especially the wire place cards!

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