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Happily married, expecting baby number two (hooray!), and running her own lifestyle site, Molly Sims has a lot to be thankful for during the holidays this year. So when she invited her friends at wedding registry Zola to help her celebrate this special Thanksgiving by bringing her tabletop vision to life, we wanted to learn all the details.
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Photographer Braedon Flynn captured Molly’s setup in Lombardi House, a Los Angeles setting as glamorous and down-to-earth as she is.
“Thanksgiving is a reason for family to get together and reminds me of how grateful I am,” Molly says. “It starts to bring the year to a close, but also is a kickoff to the holiday celebration.”
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Mix and Match
For the tablescape, Molly wanted to impart a warm and thoughtful vibe. She layered creams, grays, and blues with patterned, wood, and metal pieces to mix things up.
“Big platters are great, and I really do believe in creating a mix match-y theme that makes your table feel like home,” she says. “But I like to keep serving utensils and cutlery simple.”
The Details: Lenox Aspen Ridge Handled Platter, Canvas Shell Bisque Dinner Plate, Mauviel Copper Roaster, Simple Life Samos Napkins, Simple Life Agrilla Placemats, Staub Coq au Vin Cocette, Cambridge Silversmith Flatty Flatware Sets, Canvas Dauville Bud Vases, Villeroy & Boch Artesano Round Vegetable Bowl With Original Salad Server Set
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High and Low
Molly, despite her A-list reputation, is the first to mix high and low pieces. For example, she paired together unique, affordable platters, like this Artesano Original Plate from Villeroy & Boch with this statement set of knives from Shun.
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Easy Does It
Like her family, Molly is far from stuffy and can make anyone feel comfortable. At her table, that means keeping things low-key. Here, she opted to switch things up and style a simple vegetable side on a Brooklyn Slate cheese board.
“My mom always did turkey and dressing, hot cranberry casserole, and chicken and dumplings—and I could always count on my grandma to make hot biscuits,” Molly recalls.
The Details: Brooklyn Slate Cheese Board
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A Study in Contrasts
For a subtle, elevated, and textured touch, Molly chose these diamond-patterned glasses from Orrefors for the occasion. She paired these with simple, vintage clear water glasses to have a bit of contrast between old and new on the table.
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When you first meet Molly, she greets you with questions and chatter, so it’s not surprising that she finds every way to keep the conversation going at the table among her family and friends. She gravitates to low garlands, unfussy bud vases, or simple arrangements with fullness instead of over-the-top ones that can get in the way of good banter.
“I always go to the local flower mart, grocery store, or farmers’ market for flowers,” Molly says. “I often pick a color and stick to it—white roses, yellow sunflowers, etc.—and build around that color.”
The Details: Denby Malmo Vase
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Growing up, Molly recalls that the cakes at holiday dinners were always made from scratch. “My aunts would pitch in and make fresh coconut cake,” she says.
Molly likes to depart from the expected as dinner winds down. For her Napa Valley wedding, she served cider donuts on a cake stand. She borrowed a similar look with these pumpkin cakes styled on a glass cake stand and served on a bar cart.
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The Final Touch
The key to hosting at your home is to make it feel like you and have some fun, Molly says. To wit, she ended her dinner on a lighthearted note. She chose these charming Iittala Taika coffee mugs and saucers for the last course.
The Details: Iittala Taika Coffee/Tea Mug