Coming up with an idea for an elegant Thanksgiving table can be daunting, but it’s easier than most would think. Here are some simple, foolproof ideas to ensure a picture perfect outcome.
A festive setting in a mid-Atlantic or Southern location could mean an outside gathering. Bring autumnal colors together with a vintage reclaimed wood table and benches. Red chairs would add a pop of color. Gather foliage from your yard to create simple centerpieces, and dot with berries, twigs, and fresh apples for fresh and festive flair. Coordinate all serving vessels in similar colors and use all kinds of wooden cutting boards and trivets to hold and display side dishes. Amber glasses add a special sparkle to the table top.
Roll napkins and tie with a fresh sprig of herbs, like rosemary for texture and scent. For a stunning centerpiece, fill a wooden compote with fresh apples and trim with fresh sprigs of multi-hued autumn leaves and vibrant berries.
Special attention to details adds interest to table décor and encourages guests to take their seat. Try creating table favors from craft store supplies, like burlap bags filled with candies or spiced nuts, adorned with name tags or decorative stickers. Brown craft paper cut with decorative scissors and illustrated with a simple black gel pen boast bountiful illustrations of fruit like grapes and pineapples to add a pretty touch to napkins.
Keep place settings simple with items gathered from your yard. An earthen pottery plate in black looks rich and autumnal with a wide weave linen napkin, a dried autumn leave and a peachy colored gourd. Edible fruits like pears, apples, Asian pears, and grapes all work well and add interest to each place setting.
For a more formal setting, use luxe silverware and glitzy tabletop décor, like mercury glass bowls and candlesticks. Stick to simple white dishes and basic florals, like a bouquet of parsley that looks bountiful yet understated.
Setting a kids table can be fun and easy. Instead of a tablecloth, use something unexpected, like a paper map. Mini pumpkins, yellow leaves, and a beach stone with the date of Plymouth Rock are colorful and seasonal touches. Mini desserts are easy handheld ways to finish a meal for kids. Mini boats made of scrapbook paper are filled with candy rocks and shells and paper sails. Napkin bands come with colored pencil to enchant children during extended dining moments.
However you choose to celebrate… savor the experience. Use natural embellishments, table favors, candles and colors to breathe life into your table top. Engage children and family members to help set the table and create centerpieces and mostly make memories. When we unite around Thanksgiving it is truly a time to take stock in the beauty of life and what we share together as family and friends.