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Creating a Great Thanksgiving Tablescape
Bringing the best of autumn to your Thanksgiving table.
A tablescape is very much like a landscape: like the landscape around your home may include trees, green grass, hills, neighboring houses, and other touches, the tablescape includes your linens, dishware, serving dishes, flatware, flowers, candles, and other decorations.
In decorating parlance, a tablescape is "all of the decorating elements that you amass on your table to create a vignette."
A tablescape captures a scene or tells a story, and Thanksgiving offers the perfect time to try your hand at creating such a masterpiece!
Get Creative with Color
Thanksgiving can be an incredibly easy holiday for which to decorate. A few fallen leaves, gourds, pumpkins, apples, cinnamon, and fall flowers, such as mums, all make terrific centerpieces and can create a lovely tablescape. But if you want to try something new, why don't you go with a color we don't usually associate with Thanksgiving: white. You will need:
* Ten white miniature pumpkins.
* 2 8-inch glass bubble bowls
* 3 white pillar candles and candle plates
* White tablecloth; damask is a great choice.
Fill the bowls with white pumpkins and place these in the middle of the table about two feet apart. Put a pillar candle between them, and one on either side. White dishware is very chic with this look. With the soft candle light and the unexpected white colors, this will make a very elegant and effective tablescape.
Holiday Table Colors
What do you think of white for your Thanksgiving table?
Get Kids Involved
For an idea that is fun, kid-friendly, and just cute, you will need apples, sweet potatoes, pears, white potatoes, squash, and assorted root vegetables.
Gather toothpicks, cloves, radishes, raisins, and white raisins. You have the makings of great vegetable people and animals. You can, for instance, cut prunes into shapes like ears, securing them to a potato with toothpicks. The eyes can be raisins secured with cloves. Use your imagination.
If you have guests or children, have them help out while they're waiting for the meal. The best part about this type of tablescape is that it goes perfectly with anything, especially mismatched dishware. If you don't have matching china, don't worry. It's part of your tablescape.
If you have kids that you want to keep busy while you're preparing the Thanksgiving dinner, have them decorate Thanksgiving cookies to set out as part of your tablescape!
Thanksgiving is about celebrating bounty, so use that in your tablescape. Your centerpiece can be as simple as a woven basket filled with green and red apples (usable centerpieces are wonderful, and you don't have to waste a thing). Cornucopia-style Thanksgiving baskets can also be purchased and filled with fresh fruits and vegetables.
For your place card holders, put a pear on a plate and lean a place card on it. It is simple, elegant, and edible. You can also cut a slit into a mini pumpkin or gourd and make place cards with tabs that you insert into the slits. Nature provides the best materials.
Harvest Tablecloths from Amazon
Natural Element Candles
For a fun, veggie lovers look, wrap rubber bands around white pillar candles of varying heights. For a shorter candle, slip fresh green beans underneath the band all around, creating a green bean candle holder.
For taller candles, use asparagus spears. Wrap a ribbon around the rubber band to hide it. You can also hollow an artichoke to make a lovely candle holder.
To complement your table, use very simple, natural accessories.
Some Autumn Table Help from Amazon
Go Create your Table!
The important thing to know about making Thanksgiving tablescapes is that it is very difficult to do it wrong. Since natural elements work so well, we often have all the materials we need in our own backyards or via craft stores.
Think fall: deep reds, purples, greens, oranges, yellows, golds, and other rich tones, mouth-watering fragrances, like cinnamon, apples, and spice, fall leaves, and gourds. You cannot go wrong with these simple, natural materials.
A little ribbon and a lot of creativity will help you create a beautiful Thanksgiving table.