Tips for Setting a Thanksgiving Table
Welcome to November the perfect time to share Tips for Setting a Thanksgiving Table.
Today for the first day of November I am sharing all of my tips for setting a Thanksgiving Table along with pictures of my annual Thanksgiving tablescape. This year my inspiration was jumping into a big pile of leaves, LOL! So I wanted my centerpiece and table to look like a big pile of leaves that had been raked up in to a pretty pile that you would just want to dive into.
Creating a Long and Low Centerpiece
The centerpiece has always been the focal of all the tables since the beginning of time. While I have been known to make some very audacious centerpieces over the years, and still do on occasions when the moods strikes me, the rule of thumb is to keep them long and low for dining purposes. You want for you dinner guests to be able to eat and conversate over the magnificent centerpiece, it should be a part of the table and not hamper the dining experience. Since Thanksgiving is truly all about the company and food, this would a be holiday where I suggest that less is more. Stick to the basics and keep it simple. It will put your guests guests at easy and make the meal even more enjoyable.
Setting the Table- Keeping It Simple
As I mentioned above keeping things simple is really key. Just because you can pile out all of your goldware collection does not mean that you necessarily need too. Are you actually eating all of those courses? Besides, someone is going to have to clean and polish all of that goldware before and after the event since it is not dishwasher safe, so why not make your life a little bit easier too.
Choose Durable Items
I can not even talk to the fact of how many time I see items being promoted that are just not durable. You use them once and then are gone. I guess I was raised differently, I am not a once and done gal! I use a lot of the same items over and over however, I reinvent them so they appear to look different each and every time. So imagine how excited I was to procure these leather chargers and napkin cuffs,durability and beauty all in one.
No matter how big or smaller many hands get the work done faster, and everyone loves to help out and be a part of the project. In my case, as seen below, I am not sure how much help I am truly getting, but she makes me smile, so that is all positive energy. Just remember to include you kids as helper they can help your gather leaves from the yard, make place cards or even fold the napkins.
This is always a question I get asked about a lot this time of year. Honestly there is not a correct answer both work well, however just make sure you are setting your table accordingly. If it is a buffet style that you have set up in your kitchen area it might be better to have the plates located in the kitchen, with the dessert and salad plates set to the side as below above.
No matter how hokey or cheesy they may seem to you, I guarantee that someone is looking forward to seeing these items. The sentiment pieces are a part of us, ingrained into the fabric of being, just as much as the recipes, or the gathering itself. While these items may not mean much to you there is probably a niece or nephew that remembers these from when they were kids and wants to share them with their own children. Nostalgia is always in style no matter how old or young you are, always remember that, it is what makes the holidays.