Here is a step by step tutorial on how to set your table for Thanksgiving. This is my table that I decorated today, November 24th, 2014, a few days before Thanksgiving. Starting early means you can just focus on making the food or traveling to your destination on Thanksgiving Day. Good luck and message me with any questions!
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My table. I added the two leaves that the table came with so that it is expanded to it’s longest length. This is a linen table cloth on top, and a table pad on the bottom.
Here is what the pad looks like. It adds a soft layer to the table. I used 2 white, linen table cloths because I don’t have one that is long enough for the table when both leaves are in.
Ironing your linens is a must!
I added linen place-mats in a champagne color. They have a subtle gold, metallic thread running through them.
I added my china, crystal and a few serving pieces.
I added cloth napkins and silverware, but the table was looking a bit to monochromatic and a tad bit boring for my personality. So I added gold chargers. They are available at Pier One.
And a runner. This runner is a piece of fabric my mom bought me years ago and made a runner for me. She just sewed the edges. Super simple. We got the fabric at Calico Corner years back. I even throw it in the washing machine.
Getting closer. Now I added a bit of color. I dug through my drawers and found purple, tassel napkin rings. And a few small vases to add fresh flowers to the day before. I am setting the table a few days early so I am not buying the flowers just yet.
Now for a few Thanksgiving touches. An antique turkey platter from England, hand made place cards that my daughter made when she was in elementary school, and a turkey at every seat. The turkeys are from my collection given to me from my Aunt Joan.
Now it feels like Thanksgiving. Have fun setting your table. There are no rules, well except for the fork on the left and the spoon on the right. Other than that, have fun, make your table reflect your personality! And many blessings to you and your family and friends! Meredith