Thanksgiving is just around the corner and that means it’s time to start thinking about setting your dinner table. This isn’t just any old meal, this is Thanksgiving! It’s a time for family, gratitude, and delicious food, so why not put some extra effort into making your table as inviting as possible? Below are some tips and tricks on how to set the perfect Thanksgiving dinner table.
Choosing Your Theme
First thing’s first: decide on a theme. This doesn’t mean you have to go out and buy all-new decor (though if you want to, by all means!). Instead, consider what colors or motifs speak to you for the holiday season.
Do you prefer traditional fall colors like oranges, reds, and browns? Or maybe something a little more modern like golds and whites? And remember: nature provides plenty of free material – think pinecones, acorns, leaves – which can be used in centerpieces or scattered around the table. The key is consistency. Choose a palette and stick with it.
The Right Tablecloth
Your choice of tablecloth sets the stage for your entire tablescape. For a more formal look, opt for linen in muted tones such as cream or taupe. If you’re going for casual chic, nothing beats gingham or even burlap (yes burlap!) for that rustic feel. And don’t forget about placemats! They can add an extra layer of color and texture.
When it comes to creating your centerpiece keep this tip in mind: height matters! You don’t want anything too tall that guests can’t see over when they’re seated or too short that it gets overlooked. A good rule of thumb is no taller than 14 inches.
Consider using items of varying heights – candles at different levels can create intrigue while still maintaining a cohesive look. Don’t be afraid to get creative – fill glass vases with cranberries or ornamental gourds for that Thanksgiving vibe.
Time To Shine: Dinnerware and Glassware
Your dinnerware is where you can really shine (literally). Thanksgiving is the perfect excuse to bring out your best china, polished silverware, and sparkling glasses. If you want to keep things casual but still special, opt for nice stoneware plates paired with mismatched vintage silverware.
And don’t forget about the water and wine glasses! A goblet-style glass can bring an air of elegance without being too stuffy. Remember, this is a celebration!
Napkins aren’t just practical; they’re also another opportunity to add some flair to your table setting. Consider investing in cloth napkins – they’re reusable and definitely elevate the dining experience.
You could go simple and roll them up with a napkin ring or try your hand at one of many folding techniques available online – how about a turkey fold? Or perhaps an elegant fan? The possibilities are endless!
To make guests feel extra special, consider adding place cards at each setting. Not only does it let people know where they should sit, but it adds that thoughtful touch that shows you’ve gone the extra mile.
One final tip: Lighting! Never underestimate the power of good lighting. Dim overhead lights paired with candles on the table create an intimate atmosphere perfect for sharing what we’re all thankful for.
Thanksgiving is more than just the delicious turkey and pumpkin pie; it’s about coming together as family and friends in gratitude. And while yes, this holiday centers around food (and plenty of it), remember that creating a warm atmosphere plays a big part in making everyone feel comfortable and welcome. So don’t stress if everything isn’t ‘perfect’ – the most important ingredient at any Thanksgiving dinner is love. Happy holidays!