When you are hosting Thanksgiving dinner show people how grateful you are to have them in your life and set the perfect table with these helpful tips:
Celebrate Autumn Colours: Nothing is more welcoming than warm autumn colours. Look at a palette of burgundies or reds, oranges or rusts and browns or creams to set the base for your table décor. You can also use deep golds and warm yellows opting for brass over modern white metals on cutlery, serving trays and candlesticks.
Monotone Colour Theme: You can also create a more sophisticated look using a monotone palette in classic colours such as natural linen, creams or even black. Then add a touch of colour with seasonal, natural elements in the same tones such as small white pumpkins, lovely sage green artichokes or potted fresh herbs such as rosemary, thyme or sage placed in a row along the centre of the table.
Layer for Interest: Layering a table is key to creating interest. Start with a table cloth in a solid colour and layer with a patterned runner and place mats or do the opposite with a pattern on the tablecloth and solid colours for the accessories. You can also use all solids, but all patterns will be a little busy. If going for solids consider using contrast such as a deep red for the tablecloth and contrast with yellow or gold accessories. Use a decorative charger plate if you have solid coloured dishes. Place your napkins in wine glasses or fold them in an interesting shape and place them on the plates. You can also use decorative napkin rings. Add a centre piece and make sure it is low so people can see each other across the table.
Accessorize: Using your layering plan, accessorize the table with interesting decorative touches. Get creative and use nature as your inspiration to create your own table décor. Collect fall leaves and arrange them in a wide bowl with seasonal flowers such as mums and asters. Use cropped wheat sheaves wrapped with colourful twine or seasonal “Indian” corn to create interesting, colourful centrepieces. Use nature’s bounty and place colourful gourds, apples, rustic pears and heirloom tomatoes in a large, flat bowl. Place brightly coloured fall leaves beneath wine glasses as a coaster and use candlesticks in different heights in crystal to add sparkle, coloured glass for warmth or brass for a touch of classic elegance.
Make your Own Candles: Buy pillar candles and create your own Thanksgiving themed candlelight. Take dried hot peppers and place them side by side around the candle base and secure them with twine. You can also use fresh sage leaves or smaller fall leaves. Red dogwood twigs work well as does corkscrew willow branches. Be very careful you do not leave these candles unattended and that the decorative details remain a good two or three inches below the flame. You can also empty out artichokes and place a white pillar candle inside or use gourds and pumpkins.
Flowers: Cover different sized Styrofoam balls or florists foam with orange mums to create pumpkins complete with a stem. Mix and match fresh flowers with dried twigs, branches, herbs or grasses to show the change of the seasons. Choose seasonal colours or go completely white for a touch of elegance.
Serving Dishes: Empty out pumpkins and squash and use them as serving dishes. Find a large pumpkin and slice it in half and fill it with ice and bottles of beer and white wine. Place condiments such as cranberry sauce in acorn squash as well as things to serve with drinks such as olives. Create ice bowls filled with fall leaves by lining a large bowl with leaves, filling have way with water and then nestling a smaller bowl inside weighted down. Make sure the water is almost to the top and then place in the freezer until frozen solid. You can also use acorns, twigs and any other fall elements.
Nature provides you with all the inspiration you need to set the perfect Thanksgiving table to celebrate family, food and friends.