I love this time of year! A time for friends and family and very yummy food! Let’s get started! The first thing you need to determine for a beautiful table setting is to plan the menu, so you can determine what plates and flatware will be necessary. I would actually set the table to see how much room you have on the table. Will you be serving food from the table, or buffet style? Determine how much available space you have on your table to decorate and the height of the center piece you will need. Now, for the fun, let’s come up with some ideas!
First of all let’s review how to set a table properly. Who better to consult than the expert on etiquette, Emily Post! Fortunately, you can find instructions on setting a Basic, Informal and Formal table setting, click here to read those instructions. To watch a video on how to set your dinner table, Emily Post Fashion, for Thanksgiving, click here.
If you don’t have a lot of space on your table consider three small arrangements. I love the idea of incorporating natural elements into the setting. Click here to find other lovely Thanksgiving center piece ideas from Better Homes & Garden.
For those of you that love sparkles, check out this great idea from BHG.com which can be created using adhesive decals in shimmering silver, bronze and gold tones in various patterns.
Here are some simple and clever ideas for place card holders, use any type of pear that stands upright and matches the color scheme that you are working with and use a fabric pin to attach a nicely printed card to it for the name. Idea complements of Country Living.
Another idea is to roll up your napkin like a cornucopia, tie with some craft floral and ribbon or raffia and attach a name tag, complements of Martha Stewart.
Please be sure to include your kids in this process as it will help improve their table manners as well as teach them how to set their own table. Happy Thanksgiving!