Getting your home ready for the holidays and creating a Thanksgiving table setting can be nearly as stressful as preparing the Thanksgiving feast, but it doesn’t have to be. Here are some helpful tips to take the stress out of the holiday so that you can count your blessings when your family comes Home for the Holidays.
Consider your theme, color palette and centerpiece. Tailor your Thanksgiving table setting to the overall color scheme of your dining room. A good place to start is your dishes. Most people will not go out and purchase all new place settings solely for Thanksgiving but rather will build a setting with what they have. Over the years I have gradually built my Thanksgiving table settings adding accent pieces each year that compliment what I already have.
Work with layers. Layering is an important aspect of Interior Design and this also applies to your Thanksgiving table setting. Layer your dinner plate with an accent plate. Add a decorative charger. Layer your tablecloth with a runner. You can even layer your place mats. Layer two different goblets for water and other beverages. Layered napkins have more panache than one used alone.
Tie your color scheme together with your centerpiece. Combine natural seasonal elements with varied textures. Fall leaves, pine cones, deer moss, pumpkins and acorns are all you need to make a memorable centerpiece. Don’t forget lighting. Hurricane candles will protect your table linens from candle wax drips and are less likely to topple over and catch the Thanksgiving Table on fire. The clear glass adds a little sparkle to an otherwise rustic setting. Votive Candles look great in clusters and because they are short, they protect your guest’s line of sight.
Add something personal to each Thanksgiving table setting for your guests. It could be a placecard like this one. Write a special message on each card so that your guests will feel welcome. Or you could have a small gift or trinket for each guest to take home with them.
Make sure condiments and garnishes (i.e. salt & pepper, butter) are readily accessible on the table. For larger gatherings use multiples or even individual salt/pepper shakes for each place setting. If space is limited at your table, consider serving from the buffet. Buffets allow guests to serve themselves without having to pass hot plates and worry about spilling the gravy on mom’s hand-crocheted tablecloth.
Lastly, don’t forget the kids table. Make it as special as the grown up table with Thanksgiving table settings that mimic the adult’s table. Be sure to use kid friendly linens and plastic dishes and utensils. Plan an activity to keep little hands busy while you are busy dressing the turkey. You efforts will not go unnoticed and your children will make precious memories. Take our advice and follow these simple tips to create a Thanksgiving Table setting that will have your family and friends Home for the Holidays. Happy Thanksgiving!!!!