I love to entertain so I do it frequently. Although I always like entertaining in style, when the holidays float around, I pump up the volume.
In the fall, especially for Thanksgiving, I like decorating my table with a theme of either leaves or pumpkins. Since I did pumpkins last year, I went for leaves this year.
While I keep my table decorated most of the time, I like jazzing it up even more for Thanksgiving Dinner. Here are some of my favorite ideas.
Idea #1. Set the table formally with a fabric tablecloth or placements with a matching runner and cloth napkins.
I chose a runner with a leaf pattern that I purchased at Big Lots. Then I cut the runner to fit my table and made two coordinating place mats. These provided a lot of table pizzazz for a mere $6.
If you really want to make a statement, think about adding some lights to your runner. See my article on “How to Make a Table Runner with Internal Lighting” for instructions on how to make one.
Don’t forget the linens. I chose to use brown napkins that coordinated well with the theme. The cost was $1 each from Wal-Mart. I put them in existing black napkin rings I picked up at a garage sale for $.10.
Idea #2. Mix and match dinnerware to fit the season. My everyday red plates are perfect for most holidays and special occasions. Instead of replacing them with each season, I just buy accent plates or bowls to go with them.
This year I opted for some unusual eggplant colored salad plates with a leaf print. They were a mere $3 each at Wal-Mart. Then I added some cute little leaf bowls that I picked up at Dollar General for $1 per piece. That means the entire cost for my leaf dinnerware was $8.
Idea #3. Purchase or design a centerpiece. The one I have on my table is repurposed from my living room décor. It was $12 at Kirklands.
I could have just as easily used my standard kitchen centerpiece which consists of a basket and three red plus three green apples. That one cost $8. The $3 basket came from Family Dollar while the apples were $1 each at Wal-Mart.
Idea #4. Don’t forget the candles. I wanted something unique to accent my table this year, instead of the standard tapers. I found exactly what I wanted at Rite Aid with colorful glass leave statues that each hold two tea light candles.
However, I wasn’t willing to pay the $14 apiece for each one. However, I waited a couple of weeks and they came on sale for half price. That’s $14 for the set instead, which is a much better bargain.
Idea #5. Use holiday motif. I added a set of pilgrims into the mix and then popped in a turkey that coordinated very well. The cost for all was $8. The Dollar General statues were $3 each and the turkey was $2.
Idea #6 (not pictured). Add mini pilgrim place card holders to each place setting. They can be purchased at Dollar General for $1 each.
Idea #7 (not pictured). Thread a fresh fall flower through each napkin ring. I like using mums, roses (orange or red) or carnations (yellow or red).
Idea #8 (not pictured). Wind silk leaves around the table lighting. Whether they are hung from your overhead lighting or just wound around your candles, adding colorful silk leaves is a great way of jazzing up your holiday table.
Idea #9 (not pictured). Make tiny baskets of after dinner mints. The baskets can be picked up at any arts and crafts store for about $1 each. Placed at each place setting, they add a cute bit of personalization.
If you really want to be different, use chocolate covered mints or cinnamon disks instead of the standard dinner mint.
Idea #10 (not pictured). Throw some jewels onto the table. They can be found at the Dollar Tree and most arts and crafts stores in various shapes, sizes and colors. Table jewels help pick up the candlelight and reflect it throughout the table.
Get creative and have fun designing your table. Let it reflect the best of your home and your own personality.