Tabletop Ideas for Thanksgiving

There are so many ways to prepare your tables for your big Thanksgiving Day Dinner.  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. Here, propped against a russet-tinged pear, a rectangle of scallop-edged stationery is embellished with silk ribbon. Use your best handwriting to place family and friends around the table.

HARVEST PLACE SETTING


Photo credit: Erika McConnell

Family china may steer the table’s theme, but introducing a few simple, contemporary pieces can create an entirely new look that is as personal as it is inviting.  Favorite items like colorful linen napkins or a family heirloom can inspire the overall look. Employ a sideboard to keep plates and glassware handy for the second course and the dining table uncluttered.

EXQUISITE TABLE SETTING

 


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Jewel tones and saturated color heighten the appearance of the Thanksgiving table and celebrate the season’s bright foliage against the late-autumn sky. To get the look here, take advantage of the enhanced color attributes of inexpensive faux foliage and rich textile remnants. Present the faux berries and leaves (combined with real leaves, if you like) in a free-form display of pitchers and teapots, sugar bowls and goblets. The burnished finish of the collection will unify the look of the table, and the display lets you enjoy objects you love but don’t always have the opportunity to use. Soften the effect with simple white candles; just be sure to set their flames well clear of the berries and leaves.

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Photo credit: Tria Giovan

This table, dressed in a rich palette and laden with autumn fruit, sets the tone for an intimate Thanksgiving dinner. Plump persimmons and scarlet pomegranates adorn the table — and the menu — a ripe reminder of the season’s exuberant, and occasionally exotic, abundance. The table setting is a compatible mix of old (heirloom silver and dishes) and new (table runners, glasses, napkins), simply yet artfully arranged to bring out the beauty of all.

FRUITFUL PLACE SETTING


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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.  At each place setting, set out a Bartlett pear. From cream-colored card stock or manila file folders, cut out strips and write guests’ names in gold or brown ink. Affix each with a ball-head sewing pin.  A collection of brass candlesticks in varying heights also provides visual interest. The placement of the photos, which are nestled in a tray of nuts, is varied, too. Keep the candles the same length.

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Photo credit: Tria Giovan

This year, prepare a memorable table using everyday materials and your favorite things. A simple pear becomes a placecard for dinner guests.

PEAR PLACE CARD

 


Photo credit: Tria Giovan

As these pictures show there are endless ways to set your table for your upcoming Thanksgiving dinner.  Look around your house and yard to see what you can use to create a fun and inviting table.   Source: Country Living

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