Turkey Day will be here in just a couple weeks! Whether you’re gathering with just your immediate family, inviting a few close friends over, or celebrating with far-off loved ones through video, make it special by adorning your table with new and old decorations. Let us spark a few ideas to make this a Thanksgiving remember.
Laying the Foundation
Start with a layer of fabric or other material down the center. It can be a traditional table runner in fall shades, such as browns, oranges, yellows, or earthy greens. Opt for one with print power like leaves, plaids, or Mr. Tom Turkey himself. Don’t have a fabric tablecloth? No worries. A small blanket can look cozy and inviting. Or, cut a strip of brown butcher paper for a natural look. You can even personalize the paper with stencils or let kids paint their hands to make handprint turkeys all along the edges. Write the year and some thankful reminders on it to keep as a memento.
Bring the Outdoors In
Maybe the weather is nice enough to eat on a table in the backyard or perhaps you just want to celebrate nature as much as possible inside. Either way, it’s easy to incorporate some natural elements into your tablescape. Cuts of round wood can serve as display trays. Intersperse twigs with berries, eucalyptus branches, pinecones or tiny pumpkins all up and down the table to give it bountiful beauty. Want to make it glow? Add in a few tea light candles or spray pinecones or leaves with metallic paint. Candleholders of various heights can also add dramatic appeal.
Sentimental & Homemade
Now’s the time to bring out the pieces that are special and meaningful to you. Maybe you have some inherited china you use every holiday season? If not, now’s a good time to purchase a set that speaks to you. You can choose a patterned matching dinnerware set or mix and match. Of course, all-white plates, cups, and bowls are universally elegant every day of the year. It’s easy to add bursts of color with napkins and napkin rings. Bring out those handmade decorations the kiddos have made over the years. Or, have an art time before the Thanksgiving feast and create some new memories. Placecards, though not necessary, give a personalized touch everyone can appreciate.
As you gaze around your beautifully decorated table and notice who’s at or not at your table this year, simply give thanks for the moments we have and all the good days to come.
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