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Thanksgiving table: Set for thanks

Thanksgiving decorating

This time of year, the table serves as both a place to gather and a symbol of gratitude. Here, four ways to personalize yours.

4. Family History

What better time than Thanksgiving, with everyone gathered at the same table, to learn more about your family? Devising a table setting with photographs inspires everyone present to reminisce and tell stories that can be shared from one generation to another.

Ask guests to share or bring photos and to include information, such as names and dates, on the photo backs. And as stories are told, have someone at the table record them, then copy them later to be mailed as gifts. Photos can be duplicated using a photocopier. Consider producing multiples and offer them as favors as guests depart. Slip each into a manila envelope lined with cardboard to prevent creasing, and mark with the recipient's name.

Photo display

Before the holiday, invite your guests to send you copies of family photos that you can then spray-mount to card stock. To age contemporary color digital photos, print them in sepia.

Pear placecard

At each place setting, set out a Bartlett pear. From cream-colored card stock or manila file folders, cut out strips and write guests' names in gold or brown ink. Affix each with a ball-head sewing pin.

Candle tray

A collection of brass candlesticks in varying heights also provides visual interest. The placement of the photos, which are nestled in a tray of nuts, is varied, too. Keep the candles the same length.


Reprinted with Permission of Hearst Communications, Inc. Originally Published: Set for Thanks

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