Host The Most Beautiful Thanksgiving With These Table Decorations
Thanksgiving. If you’re hosting, it can be both anxiety-producing and exhilarating. If you’re like me, you are determined to wow your guests with a five-star feast. But with all the planning, grocery shopping and meal prep, sometimes the table centerpiece and home décor can be an after-thought.
Don’t let it be. Here are some wow-worthy decoration ideas for your Thanksgiving table:
Flowers to match the flavors
Not sure which bouquet to buy? Look to your menu for inspiration. Deep red florals will look glorious next to your cranberry sauce and pie fillings, but still provide bold contrast against the turkey and other neutral dishes.
Corn on the cob as decor
Spray dried cobs with metallic paint, and then tie them to a glass container with raffia or burlap string. Decor tip from Country Living: Dahlias, zinnias and mountain ash berries look especially brilliant against the gold and copper cobs.
Candles with an elegant upgrade
Wrap your candle containers with ribbon for added charm. if you're striving for a more natural, rustic feel, simply glue dried herbs to the container. Or pop a candle in a glass container and use textured fillers around it, such as herbs, nuts, coffee beans or cranberries.
Pumpkins on pumpkins
Display pumpkins along the center of the table, then keep the table settings simple and earthy. Alternatively, stack a few pumpkins on top of each other - or pile mini pumpkins into a hurricane vase - for a taller statement piece.
Leafy place cards
Nothing says autumn like fallen leaves. So, gather a bunch for super simple and natural place cards. Use a paint marker to write each guest’s name in your prettiest penmanship.
Crafty yet snazzy
Ditch the traditional tablecloth and use brown kraft paper instead. It gives an automatic rustic look to your table, plus all you have to do is throw away (or recycle) the paper after the meal. You can also use a paint marker to write place names right on the paper.
Simple and chic
Use white everywhere you can, including the tablecloth and napkins. Pop with some greenery or metallic accents and you have yourself a refined tablescape that's the perfect canvas for highlighting your yummy Thanksgiving dishes.
Modern and modest
Let this terrarium centerpiece from Country Living guide the rest of your table decor, filling it with subtle florals or succulents. It doesn't scream Thanksgiving, it’s a subtle complement to the feast - adding a sweet and rustic detail.
Rustic and boho
Give the traditional warm, rustic vibe of Thanksgiving a bohemian twist. Set your table with patterned plates, tie the napkins with burlap string and use succulents, squash, white and blue pumpkins, corn and mismatched glass bottles filled with delicate dried flowers. Mismatched dishes, glasses or silverware are great for this look, as it will give your table that intrinsic boho feel.
Lush and natural
Go green with a lush garland as a simple centerpiece. Fill in with natural elements, and then sprinkle in some candles for that cozy warm glow.
Now that the meal and your décor are all set, the last thing you want to fail is your home appliances or home systems. (A home maintenance issue could definitely ruin the party.) Consult a seasonal maintenance checklist and be sure to make home winter preparations, such as cozying up your plumbing and HVAC system, as this may help you avoid a holiday disaster.