I LOVE gathering around the dinner table talking, laughing, and enjoying loved one’s company. Thanksgiving has always been a holiday that I hold near and dear to my heart. Time seems to slow down while we gather around the table with a fire crackling in the background, snow falling outside, and nothing but time to remember all of the blessings in our lives.
First, let’s set the scene by decorating the table for loved ones to enjoy!
- Real pumpkins or gourds
- Fillers (pine cones, greenery, succulents)
- Chargers, plates, glasses
- Name Cards
- Start by choosing a color scheme. I selected white, green, and gold accents. I have these fantastic green glasses that I wanted to debut.
- Choose a centerpiece. Carve a pumpkin and place flowers inside it! Add dimension to the table by adding different heights. I found some white cake stands in the dollar bin at Target I love to bring out.
- Use pumpkins of similar color pallets and spread them throughout the middle of the table. Fill in the open spots with cinnamon-scented pine cones and dried eucalyptus. The smell is to die for!
- Now comes the fun part. Setting the table. I found these gold chargers at the dollar store. Start with the charger, then the entree dish. I used black and white plaid disposable napkins found at Target in the Hearth and Home section. Lay the napkin on the entree plate and place the salad plate on top of the napkin. Next, use disposable gold silverware. I wanted to add a fun touch to the plates, so I used a piece of twine to tie the utensils together and added some flowers (left over from the centerpiece) to the top plate.
- Finish off the look with glasses and name cards. Chalkboard easel name cards give each setting a personalized touch. Have your guests write what they are thankful for on their name card.
- Mixing fine china with disposable silverware and napkins gives the table an elegant, and cozy feeling. You can always add placemats or use flannel blankets for accents.
For the kids’ table, use the same color scheme but use more disposable, unbreakable items. Brown craft paper allows the kids to draw pictures and write down what they are thankful for.
No matter where you are this Thanksgiving Day remember to have fun decorating. Don’t get caught up in making everything perfect. Count your blessings as you are setting the table and remember to take the time to thank each and every person that walks through your door. That is, after all, what it’s all about.
about the author…Jessica Robbins has lived in Billings, MT for 15 years and is proud to call Montana home! She is married to her husband Zach and has two beautiful girls. She loves refurbishing furniture, crafting, and playing with her children.
Originally printed in the pages of Simply Family Magazine’s November 2018 issue.
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