How is your Thanksgiving prep coming? Are you counting down the days to show off your decorating prowess, or fearfully hoping for a stylish miracle? Fret not as there still remains a few weeks for you to get organized for the big event. Mentioned before, it is extremely important (practically critical) to have a well-styled dining table as it will become the focal point of your gathering. If you find yourself stumped on how to make your table memorable for Thanksgiving then we encourage you to take a look at these ideas from Country Living magazine. Not only are they extremely chic, but also are pretty easy-to-follow. To see more country-inspired ideas, visit Country Living magazine online at www.countryliving.com
10 Ways to Make Your Turkey Day Table Memorable (Country Living)
- Harvest Place Setting – Set the table and mood. Let your table reflect the warm colors of the season. The vibrancy of autumn shines through with aged wood, roses the color of fallen leaves, and fresh produce. A mix of antique and reproduction creamware, vintage amber glasses and dessert plates, and the utter simplicity of beeswax candles sets the mood.
- Harvest Color – Jewel tones and saturated color heighten the appearance of the Thanksgiving table and celebrate the season’s bright foliage against the late-autumn sky. Soften the effect with simple white candles; just be sure to set their flames well clear of the berries and leaves.
- Photo Centerpiece – Before the holiday, invite your guests to send you copies of family photos that you can then spray-mount to card stock. To age contemporary color digital photos, print them in sepia. A collection of brass candlesticks in varying heights also provides visual interest.
- Thanksgiving Buffet – Plates, utensils, drinking glasses, and cloth napkins are grouped at one end of the buffet table — the starting point for guests to help themselves and begin their movable feast that has virtually no time limits. Candles always provide evocative accent lighting at Thanksgiving. Taller tapers are placed toward the back and shorter ones are up front so that nothing on the table is obscured yet all is fully illuminated.
- Homespun Crafts – Visit a fabric or craft supply store to buy wool felt, keeping in mind the length of your table and the number of guests. Cut a wide strip of felt in burnt orange for the bottom layer of the runner and a narrower green layer for the top. Wrap the candles and napkins with their lettered bands, and then arrange “falling leaves” along the table’s length.
- Elegant Autumn Table – When family and friends gather together, offer an array of foods that warm both body and soul. Of course, tradition demands that the centerpiece of the meal be a perfectly glazed roast turkey, surrounded by fondly remembered dishes like creamed pearl onions, baked sweet potatoes, and homemade dinner rolls. A tray of old-fashioned pickles evokes tender memories of a grandmother or aunt whose family recipe will be passed along for years to come. New favorites include a revised cranberry sauce flavored with orange, allspice, anise, and ginger, a lighter-than-expected Sourdough Mushroom Stuffing, and luscious pears poached in mulled red wine.
- Buffet Centerpiece – Add a playful yet practical touch to your table by bringing an outdoor piece — like a garden plant stand — indoors and placing a cake, tart, or pie into the stand’s arms.
- Ribbon Napkin Holders – Stamp a message and design on cardstock, punch holes on either side, and thread with a coordinating ribbon to create custom napkin holders.
- Pear Placecard – This year, prepare a memorable table using everyday materials and your favorite things. A simple pear becomes a placecard for dinner guests.
- Decorate with Nature – A hurricane lamp is dressed with elements of nature.
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