Cloche Designs | Pre-Thanksgiving Dinner Celebrating Modern-Day Lady Pilgrims
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Pre-Thanksgiving Dinner Celebrating Modern-Day Lady Pilgrims

By: Laura Nell Burton
Photography by: Parish Photography

Since founding Cloche Designs, Christin and I have had the privilege to befriend fabulous fellow creatives through our Instagram. We love the platform Instagram creates for otherwise ordinary people to share extraordinary gifts with people they’d never otherwise reach and we’re deeply grateful our Instagram friendships. To demonstrate our gratitude, we invited six women blazing creative trails in their trades to join us at a “Pre-Thanksgiving Dinner Celebrating Modern-Day Lady Pilgrims.”It was our sincerest privilege to collaborate with:
Jennifer Hunt, Founder, Dixie Design Collective;
Holly Hollon, Creative Director, Dixie Design Collective;
Inslee Fariss, Artist;
Cynthia Nouri, CEO/Founder, Sasha Nicholas;
Lee Cordon, Do Say Give; and
Jenna Kingman, J.W.K. Style.At Cloche, we believe the heart of every event begins with its paper story, and our friends at Dixie Design Collective in Birmingham always blow us away with their talents. Dixie created a most handsome paper suite featuring their antler suite by Inslee Farris (by the way shop for all your holiday cards, wrapping paper and soirée needs on Dixie’s website). Holly Hollon’s artful calligraphy was the finishing touch. Outside of her role at Dixie, Holly creates logos, branding systems and wedding stationery suites for select clients. Learn more about Holly’s work here.We also believe a hostess should dress to match her party. So, we reached out to our insanely talented friend Jenna Kingman of J.W.K. style here in San Antonio who created custom Mommy & Me ensembles out of Liberty of London textiles fit for any Thanksgiving hostess with the mostest. If you missed our blog last week all about Jenna’s brand read it here.We asked our daughters, Marguerite (age 8) and Claire (age 5) to help us set the table. We curated vibrant rust and green linens juxtaposed with earthy textures like pheasant feathers, hand dyed silk ribbon, fruits in our floral arrangements and marbled gift wrap. We gave the table a modern edge with acrylic chiavari chairs from Peerless Events & Tents. We’re firm believers in including children of all ages at the adult table. However real estate was limited, so we let our “Little Lady Pilgrims” set their own precious table (we sourced their cute matching mini chiavari’s on Amazon).For online bridal registry and all things tabletop, there’s no better resource than Sasha Nicholas in St. Louis! It was such a joy for us to work with all her treasures! While raising her children, founder Cynthia Nouri installed her first kiln and began creating custom pieces for family and friends. Then in 2012, she began selling hand-painted champagne buckets and platters and quickly realized that creating meaningful dinnerware and gifts fed her soul. She sold her dental practice and launched an entire line of affordable, porcelain dinnerware in April of 2015 to rave reviews. Sasha Nicholas carries everything (not just Cynthia’s own line). One thing we adore is the option to customize the undersides of her pieces with personalized messages that speak hostess love to future generations!Starring on this table (all available for purchase from from Sasha Nicholas) are: the “Henley Chargers” in pine green; Herend’s “Fish Scale” dinner plates in rust; her gold-rimmed “Stag Crest” salad plates; and emerald green matching monogrammed napkins. The stemware is a mix of William Yeoward’s “Fern” and vintage glasses that belonged to my grandmother. Flatware is Reed & Barton “Grand Renaissance” which was my parents’ sterling silver pattern gifted to me on my own wedding day. We’re big believers in using what’s in your china cabinet! Mix patterns and always incorporate heirlooms that represent special stories!We love a thoughtful hostess gift so we turned to gifting and etiquette expert Lee Cordon of Do Say Give in Dallas. If you need gifting advice this holiday season check out her website and follow her gifting ideas even more closely on Instagram here. Lee selected two perfect gifts for each Lady Pilgrim, the “Carved Teak Serving Board” from Shop Terrain and a family recipe tea towel from The Gift of Today.I chose a recipe from our actual menu for the tea towel.The recipe is my grandmother’s (written in my handwriting) and The Gift of Today designed the towel so it looks like front of her cookbook. You scan handwriting from treasured recipe cards and The Gift of today prints it on tea towels for your friends, family, children and grandchildren to treasure for decades to come. Proofs are $5 and towels are each $25.For our Little Lady Pilgrims, Lee selected gifts that would entertain them during dinner including precious pilgrim and Indian peg dolls from Two Wild Olives and “The Thanksgiving Story” by Alice Dalgliesh (P.S. explore Lee’s entire Classic Children’s Book Club here).We want to thank our collaborators for all their creativity, ideas and time invested to make this beautiful and meaningful table come to life. We hope it inspires you as you roast turkey and bake pumpkin pie for the ones you love most. As you set your table, be courageous with color and creative with the treasures in your china cabinet!With a grateful heart full of Thanksgiving,

Lady Pilgrim Laura Nell

“The most courageous act is still
when you decide to think for yourself. Aloud.”
— Coco Chanel