Wednesday, November 26, 2014

A Macy's Thanksgiving Day Feast

Some of you might be traveling to your Thanksgiving destinations today, while others are at home, likely baking a Pumpkin Pie or setting the Thanksgiving table. Speaking of holiday tables, I couldn't let Thanksgiving pass us by without featuring another of Jonathan Preece's inspired holiday settings. (Click here if you wish to see previous installments.)

For this Thanksgiving table, Jonathan's clients gave him carte blanche, only asking that their table setting be "unique, creative, and visually stimulating."  Jonathan, whose creativity seems to know no bounds, settled on a scaled-down version of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade for the table's theme.  After all, watching the parade is one of this country's most cherished Thanksgiving customs.

Look closely at the photos below, and you'll see that the table runner is actually an enlarged, laminated map of the parade route, which runs from the Upper West Side of Central Park West to Midtown and its eventual destination of Macy's at Herald Square.  Blocks of Oasis, which were covered with moss, bark, and autumn colored flowers and foliage, mimic the trees one might find along the Central Park-portion of the parade route.  (Along the "street-grid gaps" of the parade route runner, small concrete planters were used to provide touches of greenery.)   You'll also see small painted sculptures that represent the buildings and high-rises which dot the parade route.  But the crowning touch to these little buildings are their attached "balloons", which are actually hand-made of painted papier-mâché by artist Liz Fleri.  Among the balloons making their way down the table, you'll find Kermit the Frog, Garfield, Humpty Dumpty, and Mr. Potato Head.

At each place setting, Jonathan placed napkins that had been folded in such a way as to resemble the top tiers of the Chrysler Building.  Each place card was printed with a historical fact regarding the parade.  And guests were given small mementos, which included Macy's key chains adorned with images of the parade's most classic balloons.  

Wherever you may be, I wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving! And to you, Jonathan, thank you, as always, for the beautiful holiday inspiration.

All photos courtesy of Jonathan Preece.


  1. Jennifer, how artfully creative, I have not seen anything like this in the many offerings out in the blog world of table settings and tablescapes! Amazing!

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

    The Arts by Karena

  2. Fantastic table setting.
    I worked for Macy's while in college and as an employee marched in the parade 3or 4 times. Got up at the crack of dawn to get to the store and get into costume. It was great fun but was exhausted by the end. Fortunately, I was very young at the time and we did get paid.

  3. Anonymous11:58 AM

    I love this! Thank you for sharing this fun, creative, and truly unique table setting.

  4. how talented, Jonathan + love the table + happy thanksgiving to you also.

  5. How cute. What a creative idea. This is so original and puts me in the Thanksgiving spirit. Happy Thanksgiving to all of you.

  6. Marilou Patricia Sande4:30 AM

    Wow! I love this. So very creative!

  7. We missed you at Swifty's! You would have been the icing on the cake! xx.DT

  8. Jennifer, That is the most original tablesetting I have ever seen! Absolutely wonderful!! Thank you for sharing it. And who knows? Maybe I'll try my hand at copying some of these ideas for our next Thanksgiving. Kindest regards and wishes for your beautiful holiday season. Kathleen Lunman

  9. Thank you for sharing, it's amazing!