Thanksgiving is a time to honor and say thanks to the people in our lives that are special to us. This year take the time to decorate your table and dining room to show your guests just how much they mean to you during this very special holiday.
Here are 5 simple ideas for decorating your table and dining area this Thanksgiving that will be remembered for many years to come.
1) Linens: The table cloth, runners, and place mats should be number one on your list of decorations. You should use fall colors, layering as many of those colors as possible. Emboss the linens if you like with leaves, fruit, and nut shapes if you are able. The more linen you can use, the more festive your table will feel.
2) Candles: Group pillar candles together using similar fall colors. Place the candles on top of silk fall leaves and surround them with nuts, small gourds, and pine cones. This is an inexpensive but very effective way to create a fall centerpiece.
3) Fruits & Vegetables: Decorate your Thanksgiving buffet table or side board with fresh fruits, vegetables, and nuts in decorative bowls and baskets. You can also use artificial fruits and vegetables if you want to keep your beautiful buffet table in place for several weeks or months.
4) Place Cards: Each guest will know they were chosen specially to share a meal with you when they see their name on a place card. Put some thought into a sentiment you would like to share with each person. Write that sentiment on a card, seal it in an envelope, and use that for the place cards. Your guests will appreciate the time you took to express your feelings and they won’t forget this special occasion.
5) Garlands & Swags: Choose natural elements like leaves, pine cones, berries, and fall fruit to create garlands and swags to decorate over the dining door, lighting fixtures, and tables. You can purchase some fall items like bundles of wheat which you can tie together with festive ribbons to create wonderful napkin holders. Add color and warmth to your dining room with fall leaves fastened to your lighting fixture.
Consider all the places you drape Christmas decorations and then think about what you can do to create the same festive feeling for Thanksgiving. With a few simple ideas, you can turn your holiday table into a feast for the eyes as well as the taste buds!