This time of year, there’s a lot to be thankful for: good jobs, loving families, devoted friends, and an endless list of possibilities. Regrettably, the stress of Thanksgiving Day has the tendency to overshadow its intended bliss. In hopes of lightening your holiday load, we have compiled a list of 4 simple guidelines to help beautify your Thanksgiving table.
Step 1: Atmosphere. Help your guests feel right at home with a touch of low lighting and warm-toned decor. One method to achieve this tranquil ambiance is a tasteful table covering. For example, you can effortlessly piece together a plaid leaf runner by picking up a modest fabric real at your local craft store. Next, add a flair of homey, rustic decoration in the form of pinecones, leaves, and scented candles. If you’re feeling particularly crafty this year, you may even try your hand at making vibrant cranberry candle holders using easy-to-find knickknacks, including tall glass containers, fresh berries and floating candles. Follow these quick tutorials for step-by-step instructions: table runner and cranberry candle holders.
Step 2: Centerpiece. Whether you prefer your table’s centerpiece to be room-defining or modest in appearance, your options are truly limitless. For instance, pumpkins are an important emblem during autumn, and simply placing a few of varying sizes and colors on display can make quite the statement. Should you wish instead to dress up your gourds, try carving one into a versatile vase as outlined in this helpful tutorial: DIY Mini Pumpkin Vase for Fall. Or perhaps you’re more of a traditionalist; pumpkin and apple pies are the unrivaled champions of Thanksgiving showpieces. Channel your inner pastry chef and pop a few of these bad boys into the oven. No matter your choice, it’s certain that you should place diligent focus on dressing your table to impress.
Step 3: Place settings. Okay, okay, as enjoyable as it is to incorporate quirky decorations into the holiday mix, we know that a Thanksgiving table guide wouldn’t be complete without a sprinkle of practicality. Unless you plan to serve your guests using freshly carved bowls made out of pumpkins, you’ll need some advice about what plates and utensils to use. Three words: keep it simple. Though it’s typically frowned upon to use paper or plastic dishware during this type of special occasion, we see no reason to break out the fine china. Cleanup will be hectic enough as is, so you’re best to simplify the process by relying on basic, accented plates and bowls paired with your everyday forks, knives and spoons. Trust us, no one will be able to tell the difference once surrounded by good company, a delicious meal, and one of the loveliest adorned tables since the first Thanksgiving in 1621.
Step 4: Finishing touches. In order to really take your table decorating to the next level, we’ve pinpointed a few helpful DIY blogs to help lead the way. For instance, personalized place cards are a fun way to organize an otherwise chaotic situation, particularly if you have a large group to seat: customizable place cards. Next, allow the kids to pitch in during your decorating frenzy by having them prepare these Thanksgiving-inspired party favors: 11 DIY Edible Thanksgiving Table Favors. Last, but certainly not least, make sure your dinner table’s theme pays homage to the true meaning of the holiday with this adorable jar full of thanks: DIY Thankful Jar.
With Thanksgiving less than a week away, we understand the instinct to start panicking. That’s why if you have any last-minute home decorating questions or shopping needs, we’re here to help. Willow Tree Shop will be open Tuesday from 11am to 6pm at 725 S. State Street in Clarks Summit. Otherwise, we would like to express how truly thankful we are for each and every one of our loyal customers during another magnificent year in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Here’s to hoping for a magical holiday season and a very happy Thanksgiving. As always, we will remain rooted in your home comfort.
Willow Tree Shop • Clarks Summit
725 S. State Street, Clarks Summit, PA 18411
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