With Thanksgiving, as with all the holidays, I believe in not overdoing it. Keep it simple and elegant. Your table, and your whole home, should feel inviting and full of grace. Use greens from your yard: fresh magnolia on your mantel, adorned with pinecones, is really all you need.
On your table, create a centerpiece of gently placed pomegranates, berries and twigs. Build your own cornucopia from the earth. This can be more unique (and less expensive) than a flower arrangement. Using the natural color of real fruit, a very simple centerpiece can be made. This is a great activity for you and your children to do together. One of my favorite guides for how to create all-fruit centerpieces is “Christmas Decorations from Williamsburg” by Susan Hight Rountree. This book will show you how to create these fruit-based centerpieces as well as wreaths:
Or get really creative and create this turkey for your front door or mantel made out of apples, a pineapple and greenery:
On the table, I love to set it in a formal manner as there are so few opportunities to do so through the year. Set a beautiful table and enjoy spending time around it with your family and friends.
This is also a great opportunity to teach our children and the younger generations how to properly set a table (and how to behave at one). At each place setting, I like to put a popper:
These make it fun and lighten the mood. In the years when there are young children, we do tend to set a children’s table, but it’s always in close proximity to the grown-ups. Thanksgiving is a time to be together, and dinner should not be eaten where it is on nights between soccer practice and homework. I like to make the kids’ table more fun with white butcher paper instead of a tablecloth, and crayons. Each year, children can draw pictures and write about what makes them thankful.
If you have questions about how to make your home the most inviting it can be this holiday season, reach out to me on Twitter @LeeWRobinson. And make sure to visit our online store for all of our beautiful holiday additions.