Decorating the table for the Thanksgiving feast doesn't have to be expensive. All it takes is a bit of creativity and a bit of do-it-yourself mentality.
Here are a few tips on how you can turn your tabletop into a festive setting:
Laying the Foundation
One of the first things to decide when decorating your table for Thanksgiving is whether or not you want to use a tablecloth. This comes down to personal preference or whether you desire to hide your table. If you choose to utilize a tablecloth, individual place mats are not necessary.
If you want something more casual consider a DIY table runner. They are so simple to make, inexpensive and can be customized to fit your style. You simply decide how long and wide you want the table runner, pick out the fabric and hem the edges.
Another idea would be to use the table runners across the width of the table rather than down the length.
Add Flair to Dining Ware
An easy way to add a bit of holiday decor to your Thanksgiving table is by dressing up the silverware. This can be as easy as tying a ribbon pr piece of twine around the utensils and napkin.
With the help of a printer, you can easily add a paper cuff to the napkin, such as this idea from Sealed Expressions blog. You can print the menu, "Happy Thanksgiving or even the guests' name on the simple paper cuff.
A simple display of miniature pumpkins or even apples in the center of the table with a few candles will add a holiday touch to the table.
If you are looking for something maybe a bit more elaborate, take a moment to browse the bridal blogs or even a DIY site. Some of the ideas used for weddings or even birthday parties can easily be transformed into a beautiful Thanksgiving decoration.
For example, this Rustic Centerpiece idea from OnceWed.com uses a few candles and dried flowers. The flowers around the base can easily be replaced with a couple of gourds or even dried leaves.
Put it into Words
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The thing to remember is to have fun and be creative. This is a time for friends and family to be together.