November 7th, 2013 at 1:26 pm
One thing I always noticed growing up was how beautiful the dining table looked on holidays. Every year, to this day, my mother slaves away cooking a delicious holiday meal for our large immediate family of 22 people, and every detail is perfection. The picture above is from last Thanksgiving (sorry it’s a little blurry, I was in a rush to get to the food!)… simple, classic, and decorated with care. Here are a few elements to consider if you’re entertaining this Thanksgiving and want to impress your guests with a beautiful tablescape. You can find these great ideas and more on our Thanksgiving Pinterest Board.
Last year it was a pair of pilgrims, the year before it was a plentiful cornucopia…the possibilities are endless. Decorate with pumpkins, gourds, leaves, bittersweet, acorns, pinecones, mums and more. The centerpiece is the main focus of the table, so this is where you really want to get creative and make a statement.
Play up the beautiful fall colors any way you can: yellow, orange, red, and brown are nicely accented by pops of metallic gold. Even simple china and silverware can be dressed up with a colorful tablecloth, napkins and chargers.
- Place Cards
These are optional, but can be a nice touch of decoration. My favorite idea is the mini pumpkins with name tags attached to the stems. Real leaves in vibrant colors are also another great option. You can even get your kids involved by having them help you make these from construction paper…just give them pre-cut pieces in the shape of whatever you like (pumpkin, leaf, turkey, etc.) and have them color them or write people’s names if they are old enough.
- Small Details
The little details count! Napkin rings, candles, salt and pepper shakers…these are just some additional pieces that help bring your theme together.