Thanksgiving Table Decorations - Ideas for Decorating Your Table and the Centerpiece
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Set the mood with your beautifully decorated table; let your table reflect the warmth and love you have towards your family. Use the season's glowing colors to make the dining area and table look vibrant and welcoming.
Always use your best dishes and silverware to show your guests that it's a special occasion for you all. However, you can use different china and glassware at the dessert station; don't worry about continuing the theme of your dining table. Use your imagination and some of the following suggestions for Thanksgiving table decorations to make your table look stunning.
You could use colorful linen napkins or a family heirloom to give you inspiration for the overall look, and to use a sideboard to keep plates and glassware handy for the second course so as to leave the dining table uncluttered by too many dishes.
The centerpiece is the focal point of Thanksgiving table decorations, so make it with bright fall colors. Make sure it's not too high - a low centerpiece makes it possible for guests to see each other across the table and enables them to pass serving dishes around. You can make the centerpiece yourself by filling small vases or dishes with berries or colored beads, adding water and flowers or floating candles, and placing two or three of them on the table.
Another idea for Thanksgiving table decorations is to place the turkey and serving dishes on the dining table to make a Thanksgiving buffet on a separate sideboard or table. Set the plates, napkins and silverware at one end, then the side dishes, and finally the carved turkey, cranberry sauce and gravy at the other end. Your guests can then help themselves to dinner and sit down to a table uncluttered by dishes. If you decide to make a buffet and you plan to use food warmers, then it's a good idea to have some kind of protection for your buffet table. One suggestion is to make large felt pads in fall colors from craft felt.
You could use a separate table for desserts, too. Set the plates and silverware at one end and let your guests take their pick from your cakes, pies and fruit desserts.
If you don't have a fancy Thanksgiving tablecloth, then create a tabletop collage by simply using a plain white or cream tablecloth to cover your table and placing dried or fake leaves in a pretty arrangement on top of it. This is a beautiful and unique Thanksgiving table decoration idea.
For the hostess on a budget, why not create a centerpiece using materials from nature? Use two or three ceramic bowls and place in them various natural items - for example, acorns, fir cones, potpourri, nuts, seeds, etc.
Stick a candle into each bowl, acting as a "pillar" of sorts, and you can then set the bowls in the middle of the table. You could decorate the areas surrounding the bowls with some pressed or silk fall leaves. There you have it - simplicity and elegance from inexpensive Thanksgiving table decorations.
As fire is involved, do make sure that you keep a watchful eye over the candle flames. Make sure the candles do not burn to become too short, and that the flames are not blown onto any flammable materials.
Need more ideas for Thanksgiving table decorations? You could purchase a roll of fall-colored ribbon, tie bows to the backs of every chair, or wind it on top of the table right through the table centerpiece. You can use the ribbon as Thanksgiving tiebacks for your home curtains too.
There are so many options when it comes to decorating your Thanksgiving table that it's hard to decide what you want to do. However, it's difficult to overdo Thanksgiving table decorations - your guests will expect your table to be covered with leaves, pine cones, candles, etc, so use your imagination and creativity, take your pick from these suggestions, and, above all, enjoy!
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