Thanksgiving is about family, gratitude, and food. Whether you serve a traditional dinner or you like to play fast and loose (read: bacon wrapped turkey), the food always seems to take the main stage. This year, forget about the everyday cutlery and the same cloth napkins you've used since you moved in. With this Thanksgiving setting inspiration, you'll create a tablescape that'll leave your guests hungry for more!
start at the middle
When it comes to creating a tablescape, starting at the middle and working your way out will be the easiest way to create dimension and place other elements properly. The most important thing to remember is that while you want the space to be beautiful, it also needs to be functional. Your guests don't want to have to move or try to peek over an item in order to socialize, so keep your centerpieces low, very tall, or virtually see-through (or a combo of the three!) to optimize both the space and your guests enjoyment.
For an earthy, natural style, try starting with a burlap table runner. Then, add candles of different sizes and heights. You can try tall candle sticks in holders, short candles in hurricane jars, and even a few tea-lights on the table for depth. For a pop of green, weave a eucalyptus garland through the candle. Finish off your masterpiece with a seasonal touch of gourds, pumpkins, and pine cones scattered across the table.
the main stage
Arguably, the most important part of your tablescape is the place settings. Sure, you could stop at the centerpiece and keep the place settings basic, but putting in the little extra thought is something your guests will appreciate and help pull the look together.
Begin your setting with either a place mat or a charger plate. You could use both for extra dimension and color/texture, but it isn't necessary. On top of that, start with a large dinner plate, a smaller salad plate, and a smaller yet bread and butter plate. For your flatware, try rolling utensils in your napkins and using a material similar to your table runner to secure, plus really tie the whole table together with this small detail!
If your family sets an entirely separate kids table, use it to further your creativity and add fun details they'll love! Add colorful maple leaves to the center of the table and top it with cute, DIY turkeys that you can have the kids make! They'll love being involved and being able to show off their masterpiece to the whole family. If you still want a subtle glow, weave battery operated fairy lights through your centerpiece for kid-friendly ambiance.
Keep these ideas in mind this Thanksgiving and you'll be the star of the show, right after the turkey! Remember to have fun with your design, and most importantly to enjoy your time with family and friends.