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Most people hosting a Thanksgiving meal seem to be more concerned with the food preparations than the table decor. I understand; the meal is a lot of work and takes time to plan and prepare. Thankfully you have The Gray Boxwood to help you with some quick and simple table decorations this holiday. A beautiful presentation truly adds to the experience of the meal you have been busy slaving over and creates an atmosphere your guests will appreciate and remember. This year, I am hosting a Friends’ Thanksgiving where we all bring different dishes and sides that make up the meal. Not only does this cut down on preparation work but it is a festive way to enjoy the holiday with those we are thankful for!
A tablecloth always dresses up a table for special occasions. I chose a fall-themed cloth to accent the colors of the season. Before placing a tablecloth, a base layer is always a good idea. I use a heavy cotton piece of fabric I cut to fit my table. The heavy cotton protects the table from any extra hot dish or pesky moisture that may drip off glasses. It also provides a luxurious feeling to the tabletop.
The decorative tablecloth I wanted to use is not quite long enough so I layered it with a plain colored longer cloth underneath. I always try to use what I have; there is no use buying new just to accommodate one meal. Another plus of using an insulating first layer is you can iron the main tablecloth right on the table!
Holidays are the time to use those linens that take up your drawer space all year long. If you have cloth napkins, this is the time to use them! Quickly dress up your plates with a napkin and ring.
As a centerpiece, I am using the floral arrangement I made the other day. Flowers always dress up a table. You do not have to go over-the-top, just something simple will do. If you don’t want to go all out and buy many different types of flowers, one flower variety grouped together in a low tight bunch will give all the impact needed.
For Thanksgiving, I always like to use my pumpkins and gourds one last time. After this they will be thrown out to make room for Christmas. A few gourds and miniature pumpkins are placed around the arrangement to finish off the center of the table.
This year, I made candleholders from some of my large white pumpkins. Using a melon baller, I carved small circles, scraping out the contents for a depth of about an inch. You can adjust this to any pumpkin type and add or subtract the number of candles you would like to use.
Name cards are a clever way to avoid confusion when it comes to seating. At my local craft store, I discovered these chalk-paper stickers and knew immediately that I would use them right on the table, next to each guest’s plate.
It’s so important for me to emphasize the idea that holiday meals do not have to be stressful. With careful planning a few days before, you can map out your preparations so the day does not seem over whelming. Use the items saved for “special occasions” – the good silver, tablecloths, cloth napkins, china, and glassware. I think whenever we have the opportunity to make a gathering an “event,” we should seize the chance.
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