Setting the Thanksgiving Table
With Thanksgiving right around the corner, if you are hosting a family get-together this year you might be starting to get your menu together.
While gathering recipes for the turkey, green bean casserole, sweet potatoes and Grandma’s apple pie, one important thing may be escaping your attention: the table.
If you don’t usually set the table with much other than silverware and napkins, you may want to read on for some cool ideas to try this year to make your table beautiful, festive and welcoming.
Also, stop back by for more decoration ideas and crafts–including mantel decorations and wreaths!
Although it’s easy to stick a storebought cardboard turkey in the middle of the table, why not spend just as much time and effort on featuring a more welcoming–and beautiful–Thanksgiving centerpiece on your table this year.
Thanksgiving centerpieces come in a wide variety of options. Thanksgiving flower centerpieces are a beautiful choice. Look for centerpieces featuring a variety of Autumn colors–like orange and yellow. Seasonal flowers like mums are common in these centerpieces. Many of these arrangements are displayed in festive vases or containers, like faux pumpkins, adding to the overall seasonal feel of the flowers.
You can also find Thanksgiving cornucopia centerpieces. These offer an even more festive feel to add to the table.
When choosing your centerpiece, keep in mind the size of your dining room table, the amount of dishes you are serving and the number of guests. This will help you pick the best size centerpiece for your get-together. If you are hosting a larger get-together, you most likely will want to feature more than one centerpiece.
Name cards make a practical–and elegant–addition to your holiday table. They make your guests feel special and add a festive touch to the table. Use festive fall colors–like yellows, oranges and browns–to construct these cards. Have fun making them, and possibly enlist the rest of the family to participate in this craft.
Name cards can be as simple as cutting shapes out of colored paper with the guest’s names on it, or a little more elaborate with designs, pop-out shapes and glitter. Use card stock instead of flimsy construction paper to make the cards more durable.
Look for clip art, templates and stencils to use in this project. You can add a little sparkle to your cards with glitter.
Another cool place card idea is to use in-season fruit–like pears or apples–with a cute tag specifying the guest’s name as the card. Embellish the tag with glitter and a pretty font, and tie them to the fruit-stem with ribbon or more natural looking twine.
Instead of the usual white cloth napkins, consider using more seasonal linens. This can be as simple as finding napkins in colors such as beige and tan–or festive prints–or, you can make Thanksgiving napkins yourself by embellishing plain napkins with shapes such as leaves. Find a pattern or template, or draw free-hand, and use fabric paint to fashion leaf shapes on the napkins. You can use these linens year after year!
Use festive napkin rings or simply use natural raffia as napkin rings.
For Thanksgiving, you might want to use a more seasonal tablecloth than Grandma’s white lace tablecloth.
You can find ready made Thanksgiving tablecloths–or, you can make your own. Just use a plain tablecloth and draw or stencil shapes like leaves straight on the tablecloth using fabric markers or paint. You can create a simple look by doing this around the edge of the tablecloth, or you can mimic the look of falling leaves by making a random pattern of leaves on the tablecloth.
Thanksgiving Table Decorations
In addition to centerpieces and place cards, consider making your own small decorations to scatter on the table. This can be a family craft which is fun for kids.
Find a website with tabletop paper craft ideas, or get the kids to help you create simple bowl decorations with fruit, pine cones and gourds.
Use your imagination and have fun making these decorations.
Thanksgiving Place mats
For Thanksgiving place mats, you can buy place mats in festive colors or prints, or you can make your own.
Use craft paint and leaf stencils to embellish plain napkins, or use fall leaves sandwiched in between clear contact paper. You can get creative here.
Another great idea is to integrate Thanksgiving-themed candles on your dining room table.
One option is to go ahead and choose a Thanksgiving flower centerpiece with candles.
You can also find candles with leaf designs already on them, or you can use plain candles in festive candle-holders.Here is a cool candle-holder craft using corn-husks.
At the kids’ tables, you can really have fun getting the kids involved making decorations.
Let your kids get creative and make decorations like centerpieces, place mats, and place cards. Do some research on the web to find projects, or just let your kids use their own imaginations. Have them gather leaves, pinecones and acorns from the yard. Set out craft supplies like pipe cleaners, crayons, construction paper, ribbon, stamps, feathers, glue and crayons, and let them have fun creating decorations. Let them know that there are no rules–just have fun with it.
We hope we have given you some inspiration for beautifying your holiday table. Have fun creating festive touches to use year after year on your Thanksgiving table! Be sure to stop back by over the next few days and week to get more great Thanksgiving decoration ideas!