As the damp leaves line my driveway, I am reminded of how soon the holidays are approaching. Setting the table is an art form for some, and a nuisance for many. But doesn’t it always make you feel so full to see a table that is made with much love and effort as the meal you are about to consume? So I decided to come up with some key tips to keep in mind when setting the table. Any and all of these suggestions may come into play in your table scape, the most important tip is to be true to yourself and have fun with it.
Thanksgiving Table Tip 1: Bring in Nature
The table always feels a bit more organic, when you bring something organic to the table. A couple of feathers, some twigs, some pine cones. Something that connects you with nature. I also love the deep browns and blues that this table setting features.
Thanksgiving Table Tip 2: Create Groupings
This table features many examples of groupings, from the large hurricane vases filled with mini pumpkins and flowers, to the clear glass candlesticks with gourds and birch candles on the top. Whatever your table is trying to accomplish, adding two or more of something similar creates a group or theme.
Thanksgiving Table Tip 3: Innovate and Create
Bring something new to the table. These clever pumpkin stands do just that. Cut the tops and bottoms off to make a beautiful serving display. Think of something new and different to spark others curiosity.
Thanksgiving Table Tip 4: Create a tradition
A new table cloth can be a blank canvas for your tradition. This table cloth is adorned in sharpie markers and comes out every year with some new thankful notes added to it. Another inspiring pin I saw says to write your blessings on paper ornaments sign and date the back. Tie ornaments to tree branches anchored in sand in a pitcher. Add a couple new ornaments every year.
Thanksgiving Table Tip 5: Create a Table Cloth
Okay maybe the table cloth in tip 4 isn’t for you. You can still create a unique table cloth that is the foundation of your table. Cut a neutral fabric to your table size and use a marker to write things you or your family are thankful for. Use different fonts, and sizes and leave no white space. Or make a table cloth or runner that has a meaningful fabric or colors as the foundation.
Thanksgiving Table Tip 6: Add Candles
Even if you have a small budget for your table scape adding candles will always bring warmth.
Thanksgiving Table Tip 7: It’s in the details
A small amount of velvet ribbon tied around each set of silverware. A warm piece of bread on each plate. A clever napkin display. These small things give your table a big impact.
Thanksgiving Table Tip 8: Use Color
Don’t have time to create a charming center piece? Use a colorful table cloth and pair with matching napkins. These crazy white and metallic pumpkins don’t even need to be there.
Thanksgiving Table Tip 9: Use Pattern
Okay, so maybe color isn’t your thing. You can mix and match a few different patterns, to still create a big impact.
Thanksgiving Table Tip 10: Kids are Simple
Kids are everything but simple, but an elaborate table setting probably isn’t the best for the kids table. Some craft paper and crayons will keep them busy while you cut up their turkey into bite sized pieces or steal the first bite of stuffing.
Thanksgiving Table Tip 11: Burlap is beautiful
Burlap is beautiful for multiple reasons, it’s affordable, it’s neutral, it has texture and pattern, it pairs well with nature, it’s a natural choice in the Thanksgiving setting.
Thanksgiving Table Tip 12: Leave room for food.
Okay forget everything I told you about symmetry and color and groupings. This table is eclectic breaks all the rules and yet somehow envisions them all at the same time. I love the different plates, the the different napkins and the way the food is showcased. It really is a testament to the aforementioned tips and the ability to make them your own.
So what table settings do you have in mind for this years feast? A certain color story, fun fabric, creative use of nature or a new tradition? We’d love to hear and see your table scapes.