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Harvest Decor: Fresh Ways to Decorate Your Table for Thanksgiving

Harvest Decor: Fresh Ways to Decorate Your Table for Thanksgiving
Rayme Wells

At this time of year, as the weather cools and the leaves change color, many people start daydreaming about delicious holiday meals. The question is, are they daydreaming about hosting the holiday meals or eating them? I am guessing most people dream about eating them… but if you are planning on hosting a meal for family or friends this year, why not enjoy it?

I think the key to hosting a large meal is to find a menu that can be prepared mostly in advance, so that the host can socialize with guests as much as possible. Who wants to be stuck in the kitchen while everyone else enjoys the party? No one does.

Well, planning the perfect menu might take some time and effort, but decorating the dinner table or buffet table can be fun. This year, I have been browsing on the Nebraska Furniture Mart website for ideas.

I am feeling inspired to create a white-on-white “winter wonderland” themed look. The Decor Therapy White Lacquer Candle Holders Set would work perfectly with white table linens and white dishes. I am also picturing some whitewashed coco twig sheaves around a buffet table, as if a frost had settled.

On the other hand, if the holiday stress becomes overwhelming, there is nothing wrong with keeping things simple. A solid color table cloth would work well with a set of pinecone votives and the arrangement of red berries greenery in glass, for a classic look.

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What about a table runner? Runners are generally associated with special occasions, and they can look very elegant on a dining table. Although I have never used one in that way, I do have two patterned table runners at home! I bought them for everyday use in my living room, to help protect a coffee table and end table from any drinks set down without coasters, which has worked perfectly. Runners also help brighten up the room by adding additional color. I am thinking about trying one on an actual dining table next!

Garlands can really dress things up, and they look great draped across the length of a large table. I learned how to make my own garlands when I worked in floral design, but if I needed one quickly I would look for something like the five-foot-long Holiday Garland with Red Jingle Bells, which has a very cheerful Christmas look to it.

Speaking of floral design, I would love to use the small slate husk vase, which is just the kind of versatile vase that I prefer to use for arranging flowers. The choice of flower or greenery can add a holiday touch to any table, and the shape will help a festive ribbon stay tied on. The best thing about a vase like this is that it is neutral enough to be used all year long, and will blend easily with different décor styles.

If I am going to take my daydreaming very seriously, I would love to have some elegant serving stands or serving dishes, like the gorgeous GG Collection Pie Plate and Dome. Truthfully, I am such a big fan of pies that I have been known to choose pies instead of cakes on many occasions, including birthdays. I don’t usually have the time to make a crust from scratch, but I have a recipe for a delicious maple apple crisp that is quicker to prepare and would look just as tempting showcased under that dome.

Well, however I decide to set my table, I know that good company and delicious food will make all of the preparations worthwhile. In the end, every holiday meal is beautiful if we spend it with the people we love. Hey, I said beautiful, not perfect! If something goes wrong, just look at the twinkling lights, have another slice of pie and smile. You’ll be back in the holiday spirit in no time.

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