3 Ideas To Create
A Thanksgiving Tablescape
Food has always been a major part of the Thanksgiving tradition. As the host, you want your work to stand out on its own, but having it framed with a beautiful tablescape makes the experience for you and your guests more delightful. Here are 3 tips to create a lovely Thanksgiving tablescape.
Tablecloths & Placemats
Don't overthink it. Think about the base first by picking a tablecloth and topper or placemats. Select colors based on the season and mood you want to create--oranges, browns and reds emphasize the time of year, but they're also soothing colors to keep your guests relaxed and at ease as you sit down for dinner. Tablecloth toppers make the table very simple and elegant, but if you opt for placemats, you have the opportunity to create a charming frame for each guest's place setting.
Thanksgiving Centerpiece Ideas
Centerpieces can be cumbersome for family meals, because they can block views and make conversation difficult if they're too tall. You also don't want to put too much on top of the table if you're passing food for serving. Keep decor close to the table or toward the center so it doesn't get knocked over. Having a couple of gourds or small fall floral arrangements placed across the table keeps the decor low and attractive without being distracting. Coordinated candles sprinkled along a runner to fill in gaps between serving platters give the table a sparkle and glow to make for a calming, yet festive, holiday meal.
Festive Personal Touches
Whether it is a formal or informal dinner, keep in mind there is etiquette for setting the table. Rather than putting effort and resources into an elaborate tablescape, you can put your energy and creativity into personalized place settings with simple candles on the table for communal decor. Use fall elements to create a small token to top each plate, like a small mum arrangement in a tiny take-home vase with your guest's name on it, or a gourd with a nametag. Use seasonal toddler toys for the kids' place settings.