With Thanksgiving only a week away, it’s time to get serious about preparing your dining room for the biggest feast of the year.
If you’re ready well before the day arrives, you can nix any anxiety associated with planning and executing this heralded holiday. Thanksgiving doesn’t have to be an ornate affair – save yourself time and money by focusing on the most important aspects of the holiday. Fear not, we’ve compiled a list of the best ways to decorate your dining room for your Thanksgiving dinner.
Farm to Table Decorations
You can’t deny it – farm to table is crazy popular this year. Though this usually applies to the food itself, you can incorporate this concept into your décor as well. Use natural accents to evoke a back-to-nature vibe. Collect branches with acorns, squash, pomegranates, and pears to top your table. Harken back to the first Thanksgiving, which was focused on the community rather than elegant décor. If your Thanksgiving meal is also locally grown, that is an added bonus!
The centerpieces should be a culmination of the theme you choose into one eye-catching display. If you opt to decorate the dining room with stylish gold tableware, the centerpiece should also have hints of gold and be modern. If you go with a traditional, rustic theme, be sure to include natural elements.
The trick to making a traditional holiday table setting feel fresh is determining the right amount of empty space. Plain plates and stemware, small autumn details, and cohesive color palettes all make the table clean rather than cluttered. With all of the food being passed around, a little extra elbow room can’t hurt.
A Fun Kids Table
Kids won’t have the attention span to enjoy a prolonged meal. Keep them entertained during Thanksgiving dinner by incorporating fun activities into the kids table. Roll out recycled paper that they can draw on, give them goodie bags, or set out a make-your-own hat craft. Keeping the children occupied ensures that adults don’t need to rush through their own dinner.
What is your family’s favorite Thanksgiving tradition?