It’s almost time to stuff our bellies with turkey and watch a good ol’ game of football with our family and friends. But, there is one last thing that needs to be done – setting the table!
Our very own Charlottesville fabric guru Sharon Chewning is here to give you some simple last minute tips on setting your table for Thanksgiving! Sharon C. is our floral and arrangement expert here at U-Fab, and she has the experience to prove it. Before she started dabbling in fabric, she owned her own florist shop in Orange, VA for over 40 years. Here are some of Sharon’s insider tips for your holiday tables.
Layering is essential to create a polished and professional look. Start with a neutral base and layer a fun patterned table cloth or runner on top. After you have layered your fabric you can add vegetables, gourds, berries, etc to your table scape for fun pops of color. Last but not least your arrangements!
Here is the fun fabric that Sharon used for her table runners:
Always try and keep your arrangements of flowers or greenery above your guest’s head or very low as conversation can flow over them. These tall vases with lush greenery give the table great height but also do not block the view when you are catching up with your guests over the holidays!
Soft lighting with candles will set the mood and make all of the food that you have slaved over look extra scrumptious. Also don’t forget about the little ones – think about using battery operate tea lights on their table, it will make them feel just like the adults.
Consider assigned seating. This may seem like an unnecessary formality, but it can help to ease that awkward, where should we sit or let me make sure I am not next to crazy aunt (fill in the blank) tension? It will also let you mix up guest to stimulate conversation, or keep together families so no one feels left out. Think about making some fun place card settings like these simple pilgrim hats made from clay pots, foam core and some craft paint!
Don’t forget the children! Give them something to entertain themselves so that you can enjoy your meal in as much peace as possible. This children’s table is covered with poster board and stocked with crayons and stickers for their entertaining pleasure. It is also stocked with fresh fruit so that they can snack while they wait for the good stuff.
Here are some fun fabrics that you can use to spice up your table decor!
Already set your table for Thanksgiving? Use these tips and more for your Christmas table and you are sure to impress your guest with you exquisite styling. Stay tuned for some extra special tips for Christmas arrangements and table setting from our resident floral expert Sharon C.!