Trying to figure out the best backdrop for your eye-catching Thanksgiving spread? Here are ten no-fail ideas to get you started.
Flowers are a great way to add a festive pop of color. Yellow sunflowers, orange or red roses and some beautiful fall greenery or leaves combine to create a beautiful Thanksgiving centerpiece. If you’re feeling extra creative and you have some pumpkins hanging around, use a hollowed out pumpkin as your vase.
The Great Pumpkin
While we’re on the topic of pumpkins, they can make a great focal point on your Thanksgiving table. Pumpkins, gourds, and squash are members of the Cucurbitaceae family. Saying it is difficult but decorating with these bright fall vegetables is an easy way to add pops of color to your table.
Well, you don’t quite need sixteen, but multiple candles will add some variety to your Thanksgiving feast. Candles come in every shape, color and scent imaginable. Scatter a variety of candles along the table runner to brighten the space. You don’t have to light them to enjoy their beauty. But if you do light them, keep an eye out so no one tips them over while reaching for the mashed potatoes.
The Main Dish
Whether you go for warm and elegant, autumn colored plates or something a little more laid back with turkeys and pilgrims, special holiday dinnerware is a classic way to set the stage for a yearly tradition.
Go for the Gold
If you’re looking for a quick way to add some sophistication to your meal, gold accents are the ideal addition. From place cards to glasses to flatware, you can find just about anything in gold. There’s even gold colored plasticware, perfect if you’re trying to avoid hours of post-feast dish duty.
Bring the Outdoors In
Centerpieces that include stalks of wheat or branches with berries are an attractive way to dress your table with a bit of natural beauty. Acorns and pinecones are also festive options.
Fruit does more than taste good—it looks good, too. Add a row of apples in varying shades of yellow, red and green to the center of your table. You can also use pears, oranges or pomegranates. Pair them with some pine boughs or fall colored leaves for a unique fall arrangement.
As long as your guests aren’t allergic, go crazy with the nuts. Fill glass jars with a variety of nuts in multiple shapes, colors and sizes. You can stick a candle in the center if you wish. If you want to offer the nuts as more than just eye candy, be sure to place some nutcrackers on the table so your guests can snack before or after their meal.
Traditional Thanksgiving colors of orange, red, brown and yellow are tried and true, but if you’re ready to add a bit of pizzazz to your holiday table, go for a bold punch of color. Think outside the box. Bright blues, rich purples, or rosy pinks are all out-of-the-ordinary colors that will showcase your personality.
For the Kids
Just because you’re sitting at the kids table doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have some festive décor. Give the kiddos something to do while they wait for the food to arrive. Cover the table with butcher paper and put mason jars in the center of the table full of markers and crayons. Kids can draw turkeys, leaves, cornucopias or even Grandpa while they wait for the main event.
By following these simple yet stunning ideas, your Thanksgiving décor is sure to please. Whichever route you choose, be thankful your table is full of food, family and friends. The faces around your table are what will truly light up the room.