Thanksgiving is a time for great food and gathering, and the dinner table is the place to impress your guests while enjoying your meal. Decorating your table for Thanksgiving doesn’t have to be complicated. Here are a few simple tips for decorating your table this holiday season.
Pick a Style
Narrow down your decoration choices by choosing a style. You can opt for sophisticated looks, such as a rustic and refined style decorated with branches and fresh flowers. You can also use your destination as inspiration. For example, the Cape Code and Colonial-style homes of Sconset Landing’s in Hanover, Massachusetts, can provide inspiration for a neutral color scheme.
Choose a Color Scheme
Pick a color scheme you prefer. Go for fall color schemes with warm colors, such as reds, browns and oranges. You can also add greens and other foliage colors for a bold contrast. Opt for neutral color schemes with accent colors, such as off-white and brown, for a classic look. Limit your color scheme to four to five colors so you’re not overwhelming the look of your table setting.
Decorate With Food
Thanksgiving goes hand-in-hand with great food. So, why not decorate with it? There are several options for decorating with food, including using real or faux food. Create a cornucopia of a centerpiece by using gourds, pumpkins, and multi-colored corn set in a basket or mini-wagon slightly spilling out to give a hint of abundance. Bring fresh scents in your home with flowers or spices. Also, walnuts tied to silverware with sheer ribbons offer an elegant touch to your Thanksgiving table setting. You can also use walnuts as name place holders.
Gather Your Material
Know how many guests you have so you can gather enough items to decorate the table. Here are a few items to include in your table setting decor:
- Centerpieces, such as gourds and flowers
- Candle holders
- Serving dishes
- Napkin rings
Put It All Together
Set the table covers first followed by the centerpieces. If your centerpiece will be a turkey or main course dish, use a placemat as a its placeholder and set it last. Put all of the placemats, bowls, plates, cups and utensils in place, and then add the decorations. Set your decorations closer to the center of the table so your guests have space to eat comfortably.
Dine in Decadence
Thanksgiving is the perfect opportunity to change up the look of your table setting to something festive or sophisticated. You can dine in decadence and effectively decorate your table for Thanksgiving when you have a game plan for putting it all together.
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