If you’re like me your Thanksgiving dining table will have a tablecloth and a centerpiece, but a second table for all of the food! I rarely have the same centerpiece. Sometimes it’s a bouquet of flowers and sometimes it’s a pumpkin, and other times it is something precious that one of my children has made. It just depends on what I have lying around that year.
For those of you who are hosting and would like to be a little more stylish (although, difficult with lots of kids running around), here are some ideas for you:
Embellished Fall Tablecloth – Items needed: simple tablecloth (any color) and lace. Take the tablecloth and sew some matching lace around the edges. This can enhance any table. Or, purchase one already embellished.
Stenciled Cloth Napkins – Items needed: cloth napkins (any color – preferably white), iron-on stencils of your choice, and an iron. Take the napkins and iron on the stencils. Be sure to wash the napkins prior to use. The stencil can say Give Thanks, Happy Thanksgiving, etc. Or, it can just be a picture such as a leaf or two, a turkey, a pumpkin, etc. Iron on the stencils to the napkins where desired. Be sure that the design can be seen when the napkin is folded.
Lavish Centerpiece – Items needed: vase (clear or otherwise), a few branches and flowers with autumn colors of assorted heights (i.e. brown, orange, white, green). Arrange flowers and branches in the vase
and place in the center of the table.
Now back to reality!! This is what I usually do…
Plain tablecloth (usually a plastic throw-away one). If you are going to use a plastic table cloth please remember not to put anything hot on it – not only will you melt the plastic, but you will likely melt the
plastic to the hot dish!
Paper towels or napkins can be purchased with pretty Thanksgiving designs on them.
A centerpiece, I think, is much prettier when it’s homemade by a child. Children tend to make lots of turkey-related crafts at school that can be used, or you can just get a couple of small pumpkins and let the kids paint them for the centerpiece.
Which dinner table do you have at your house?