Need Help With Your Thanksgiving Table Decor?
Are you a great cook who knows nothing about creating a beautiful Thanksgiving table? If you just nodded your head, this post is for you.
Forget about the plastic tablecloth with the matching turkey plates and napkins. What's up with that anyway? Were they designed for people who forget what they're supposed to be eating on Thanksgiving?
Anyone can learn the basics of how to set a lovely table for Thanksgiving. Here are my tips for creating an elegant setting for your wonderful food.
How to Decorate Your Table for Thanksgiving Like a Pro
1. Get a tablecloth. I'd recommend one made of fabric. You can use a solid or a print. I'd go for a neutral color like ivory, but you can use white or any color you like. Layering a smaller tablecloth on top of another is a great look. Stay away from the neons unless you don't want Aunt Sue to come over again next year. Prints tend to hide spills of which there may be plenty
Here's my little tablecoth secret. I cover my table with nice upholstery fabric I get from the bargain fabric store for $3.99 - $5.99 per yard. It comes in wonderful autumnal colors, resisits stains and wipes clean.
2. Placemats give a table setting a nice look. It also defines space for each of your guests. Go to a discount store in your neighborhood and look for nice ones with a bit of texture. If you have a small table and too many people forget placemats.
3. White or ivory dishes make your food look great. If you don't have enough of one kind you can: borrow some from a friend, mix two colors that go together (like blue and white, etc.) or go to the dolllar store and buy some.
If you absolutely insist on disposable plates, please invest in some nice ones. Heavy duty paper plates are nicer than their plastic counterparts. If you decide to use paper plates, remember there's no rule that says you must use plastic utensils too.
4. Cloth napkins are lovely and come in wonderful colors. You can pick up nice ones in stores like Home Goods and Marshalls for very little money. But, I also like nice heavyweight paper napkins. They come in lots of beautiful solids and prints. IKEA always has a great selection. Stay away from those thin, cheap ones that have 500 in a long plastic bag.
5. Centerpiece Ideas:
Beautiful fresh fruit, small pumpkins and gourds in a shallow bowl
Cut flowers short and place them in small vases down the center of the table or at each place setting.
Place branches in a tall clear vase.
Try some of these tips and I bet you'll have the best Thanksgiving table ever. Let me know how you plan to set your table this year in the comments below.