Year after year, hosts at Thanksgiving try and set up for perfection. This year, take the pressure off of those shoulders. A beautiful table is nice, however it is not what your guests are necessarily expecting. Your above parr expectations can be met with replacing perfection with peace. A little thoughtfulness goes a long way. Here are some ways to set the table and focus on family, friends and priorities (not to mention saving a penny).
A Burlap Runner (paired with a natural element)
Burlap, you are forever the holiday favorite runner. An effortless and home-y piece that can be dressed up at christmas or played down for Thanksgiving. Using evergreen twigs (or even rosemary sprigs) down the burlap runner give a nice warm feel. Add a few candles and voila! A lovely table display that even smells fresh!
Should these seem too neutral to Christmas, feel free to pop some orange in the mix! Pumpkins, or even a fruit such as oranges or tangerines lining the table should not take away from the food but adds to the traditional warm colors of fall. A double win is offering the fruit to children at the table as part of a dessert! Talk about a helpful hand for clean up!
What’s in a name?
How do you feel when you see your name at a table. It makes you feel special, you belong there! This can be such an intimate touch at your table this year and takes minimal time and effort. Grab some pine cones from your backyard or local park and handwrite your guests names on a piece of paper. Slip it into the pinecone and place the pinecone on the table. Spice it up (if you’d like) with some glue and glitter line your pinecones with sparkle and make your pinecones fabulous!
Wood Round Chargers
No need to spend an extra $50 at the craft store on chargers this year. Wood rounds can be cut slim and can be used at plate chargers. Adding to the natural/warm motif, these chargers add to the theme of a real authentic thanksgiving.
Forget the Cloth Napkins
Plain white napkins are easy clean-up and can be presented in a lovely way. Wrap cutlery in a plain white napkin, add a sprig of rosemary and tie it all together with thin craft rope. It is a put together look for hardly any time or money. See an example of how cute it all comes together here!
Make the focus of Thanksgiving what it needs to be, friends and family (and of course-all of that great food). At Black Dog Design House, we are thankful to have been working amongst the best people of the greater Atlanta area. Let us be a part of your next design project! Located in Cumming, we happily anticipate hearing from you! Contact us today to make your design dreams a reality!