Setting an attractive table at Thanksgiving doesn’t have to be hard, time consuming, or expensive. A few well placed items and easy tricks can turn a bland table into a table that wows yours guests and make a memorable first impression.
Use Candles as Thanksgiving Table Setting Decorations
Candles are a quick and easy way to spruce up any Thanksgiving table. Many times we don’t even have to go out and get new ones. There are often an assortment of candles from other occasions and previous years that we’ve forgotten we have that will work just fine. If you begin setting your table with one or two well placed candles you have the start to a beautiful Thanksgiving table setting.
Specific Idea: Place a single, small candle at each table setting opposite the wine glass. Tie a tag with each guests name around it with a ribbon to make name plates; or write special greetings on your tags, something thought provoking or something you are thankful for.
Use Decorative Squashes as Thanksgiving Table Setting Decorations
Most grocery stores have big bins or boxes filled with little decorative pumpkins and gourds during the holiday season. You can buy them in mesh bags for cheap and disperse them around you table in different ways for different effects. The mini-pumpkins can also be baked into various foods and treats in days afterward, reducing waste and money spent.
Specific Idea: Cluster small gourds around candle holders in the middle of the table to create the look of an abundant harvest, then place one mini-pumpkin on each plate to add an extra flare to the individual table settings.
Use Ribbon as Thanksgiving Table Setting Decorations
You pick up large spools of ribbon in seasonal colors at places like WalMart for relatively little money. When I buy ribbon for decorating a table I usually average two feet of ribbon per color for each guest. 18 inches will usually go into each individual table setting, while the other six inches is added to the total for centerpieces and other miscellaneous touches.
Specific Idea: Tie ribbon around each napkin and then place one in the center of each plate. For a more modern look roll the napkins instead of gathering them into flares before tieing them. Napkin ribbons should be tied loosely so that they slip off easily. Tie matching ribbons around candle holders, or even onto your chandelier.
Use Paper Cut-outs as Thanksgiving Table Setting Decorations
Construction paper or crafting paper isn’t usually the first thing we think of when deciding on Thanksgiving table setting decorations, but it’s an easy way to add little touches in an inexpensive and non-toxic way.
Specific Idea: Cut leaf shapes out of Thanksgiving colored crafting paper and write each guest’s name on them. The use a hole punch to and ribbon to tie them to wine glasses, candle holders, or napkins as name plates. create faux leaves to add to your centerpiece or make a flat garland out of them to wind around your table.
Use Flowers and Leaves as Thanksgiving Table Setting Decorations
No other table setting decoration quite says Thanksgiving like real, colorful, autumn leaves. Best of all, they’re usually free! Even if you don’t have an oak or nut tree in your front yard, one of your neighbors might. Chances are they’d be more than happy to part with some to help you set up your table decorations.
Flowers are another great idea. Many of us don’t think of flowers in late autmn, but there are several flowers that are in full bloom until late November to early December. Sunflowers are a perfect choice since they match well with the colors of Thanksgiving.
Specific Idea: Place several sunflowers in a single vase scatter autumn leaves around it’s base to create your centerpiece. Select the best looking and cleanest leaves to place on top of your napkins or sticking out from the edges of the plates.
Other great ideas for Thanksgiving table setting decorations are pine cones, apples, metallic cord, cranberries on the vine, bunches of grapes, tiny bundles of straw wrapped in ribbon, and the list goes on!
Remember to be careful combining flammable objects, like dry leaves, with flaming objects, like candles. Also remember… have fun! This is a time for giving thanks for the things we have and the people in our lives.