Set the mood for your Thanksgiving celebration with these creative ideas including linens, centerpieces and windows.
Establish your color theme based on the colors already present in your room while adding traditional fall colors such as burnt orange, browns and golden yellows.
Table linens are a must for a formal setting, whether a table runner, place mats or tablecloth. A white table cloth can be a backdrop for any color scheme.
Cloth napkins with napkin holders are an important element in completing your linens. Match your napkins to the tablecloth or use coordinating napkins in a single color or mix it up with multiple colors within your color scheme. If you don’t have napkin holders, tie your napkins with ribbon or twine. For a formal setting, offer a crisply folded napkin at each place setting.
Now set the table. In most circumstances, a basic table setting is sufficient, but set the table based on the food you will be serving. Knowing where the fork belongs, where to place the water glass, and how to place the napkin, are all-important elements to be aware of when decorating a dining table.
The choices for center pieces are endless – from an elaborate display of foliage, to a traditional cornucopia spilling over with gourds, pinecones and fall leaves, to a beautiful basket of fall vegetables. Vases made from squashes and pumpkins are simple to make and can be filled with flowers or candles for a distinctive arrangement.
Try this simple and easy to make centerpiece. Fill a clear cylinder with medium-sized pinecones, mistletoe berries or fresh cranberries, and green leaves or evergreen. You’ll want some decoration for your dining table, buffet table and perhaps living room. Consider using similar materials in each room to tie the decorations together.
Don’t neglect the other focal point in your dining room – the windows. Drape leaf garland in front of your shades for a dramatic and festive look. Or welcome guests with fragrant wreaths made of aromatic cedar boughs and eucalyptus beautifully displayed in your windows.
Children may enjoy vinyl Thanksgiving window decorations of pumpkins, turkeys and pilgrims. The vinyl safely sticks to most smooth surfaces using static electricity and removes easily after use.
Whether you are seating the kids at their own table or with the adults, you will need to keep them entertained long enough to eat. For young children, homemade coloring place mats cut from brown craft paper and a few crayons will keep their attention for a while. A kids table can be used for crafts before the meal is served. If the children are old enough to use scissors and an adult is available to supervise, suggest that the kids make the classic hand-shaped turkey! The crafts can then be proudly displayed as centerpieces.
Whether you are hosting a crowd or an intimate gathering, planning your day well in advance and prepping early will help relieve stress, allowing you to relax and enjoy a special day surrounded by family and friends.
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