The holidays mean two things — family time and decked-out homes. And it seems like every Thanksgiving table is cuter than the last (we blame you, Pinterest). Don’t be left out of this decoration craze — we’ve created some simple steps to make your Thanksgiving dinner as beautiful as it is delicious.
Step 1: The perfect place card
Place cards are for more than just telling people where to sit. They are tiny souvenirs that people will use to remember your decorating expertise. We suggest incorporating the brilliant fall colors by surrounding your place cards with fallen leaves. It’s easy on your wallet and stunning on your table.
Step 2: Candles, candles, candles
There is no easier way to spruce up a table than to add a candle. They not only provide ambiance to the dinner table, they come in every color of the rainbow to match your specific color scheme. Mix and match sizes and shapes to keep it interesting. Also check out flameless candles if you have a kids’ table.
Step 3: Keep kids in mind
While you’re not going to impress the younger kids with your superior decorating talent, you can entertain them. Mark their place settings with more creative place cards like a Mayflower replica, or a turkey cutout they can color. It’s a cute decorating idea and it keeps them at the table and out of the kitchen when you’re trying to whip up a feast.
Step 4: Conversation-friendly centerpieces
Have you ever tried to have a conversation across a gigantic centerpiece? It’s almost impossible. Be sure to encourage conversation around the dinner table by decorating with low centerpieces. You can make your own low-lying centerpiece by using only the bud of your favorite flowers and arranging them on a bed of fall-colored leaves.
Step 5: Just add food!
This is the easiest and most delicious step. Fill in all the gaps around your place settings with the scrumptious food you’ve prepared for your guests. Your Thanksgiving table is now complete.