9 Tips for Decorating Your Thanksgiving Table

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Host a festive Thanksgiving dinner with these tips

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Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and now is the perfect time to begin planning your menu and getting your dining room prepared for the biggest holiday feast of the year. Are you planning a formal dinner or going totally informal? Do you prefer a clean color palette or is holiday-festive more of your thing? No matter what your style is, we’ve got a few tips that are going to help you create a chic tabletop.

9 Tips for Decorating Your Thanksgiving Table

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Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and now is the perfect time to begin planning your menu and getting your dining room prepared for the biggest holiday feast of the year. Are you planning a formal dinner or going totally informal? Do you prefer a clean color palette or is holiday-festive more of your thing? No matter what your style is, we’ve got a few tips that are going to help you create a chic tabletop.

Appealing Palette

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When you’re planning your dinner, think about the color palette you’re going to use. Are you thinking of more oranges, reds, golds, and browns or are you thinking clean and white?  Keep in mind that too many colors mixed with foods can make the table appear too busy.

Dress up The Basics

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If your tabletop is covered in solid colors, such as a white or neutral tablecloth, add prints, patterns, and bold colors to accessorize. Stores like West Elm, Home Goods, and Pottery Barn are perfect for their linen patterns and tabletop collection.

Fall Florals

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Design a floral centerpiece that is perfect for Thanksgiving by adding cranberries, mini squash or pumpkins to an arrangement of red, orange, and yellow flowers.

Festive Dinnerware

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Add print and patterns to your table top with autumnal colors including water painted dinnerware and brightly hued serving platters. This is a great way to shake things up on your table.

Flatware

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Keep things casual by mixing and matching your flatware — it adds a homey charm to your table top. Stainless steel flatware is versatile for any occasion, whether it’s a gorgeous formal dinner for 20, or a casual dinner of six.

Less is More

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If you prefer a minimal approach, I would suggest keeping the number of floral arrangements at odd numbers. If you’re seating at least 10 guests, you will need a minimum of three floral arrangements — odd numbers are more appealing to the eye.

Natural Elements

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Look to nature for tabletop inspiration. Sometimes your yard has all you need. Instead of placing a placemat or charger underneath your plate, try using leaves from the great outdoors. It adds color to your tabletop as well as a natural feel. Wash them to remove any outside germs or dirt — it also makes them a less crunchy texture.

The One, Two, Three Rule

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I’m really big on the one, two, three rule — one plate, two glasses, and three pieces of flatware. Remember these are your closest, so don’t allow setting your tabletop overwhelm you. Keep it casual, it allows your guests to feel relax and enjoy themselves.

Tablecloth or Table Runner

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This is really simple, tablecloths are definitely more formal, but are a great way to dress your tabletop up. A table runner is more casual, but a great way to show off your rustic table. It’s great if you get your table runner at 18 inch width, because it allows space to add casual chargers, and table setting.