Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Fall/Thanksgiving Table

A stress free Thanksgiving Table design...

Thanksgiving is upon us, and I'm sure many of you are hosting your family and friends 
for Thanksgiving dinner...  And let's face it, whether you are preparing a small intimate dinner
for just a few guests or a large Thanksgiving feast, there is work involved. 

From planning your menu, prepping your home for guests,
 and shopping for the necessary ingredients that you hope will ultimately create a delicious meal, 
the last thing you need to stress over is your tablescape.

So why stress?  Make it easy on yourself and design a table that is simple yet elegant,
and doesn't take hours to put together.

I designed this table with items I already had, and it took me only minutes to create!

So go ahead and take a look. Then, shop your home, and design a table that will keep your stress level at bay when hosting Thanksgiving this year.

The Place setting:
 A simple craft store tag makes the perfect guest place card

Using the place card string, tie your utensils
and place them atop of each napkin to create a layered place setting...

The Centerpiece:
 Don't stress over the need of designing an elaborate centerpiece.
Instead, gather a collection of vases or glass vessels, place fresh store 
bought flowers (that you can easily pick up at the grocery store
 while you are shopping for your meal prep ingredients), as well as some small
pumpkins and cluster them or stagger them throughout the table to create a simple table centerpiece vignette.

 DIY TIP: Paint mason jars using chalk paint, and they will instantly transform from clear glass jars
to beautiful vases for your table.

And whether you choose to use your formal china or simple
white caterer's plates (as I did here), this simple place setting
evokes a subtle elegant flair.

 Festive decor:
Hang a banner or fall wreath above your dining room buffet table
to bring a little holiday cheer to the room as you and your guests sit at the dinner table.
(Because I designed this fall table for the backyard, I hung my wreath from a tree shrub.)

and the view of that sweet little wreath from across the table is just devine...

 Providing comfortable seating for your guests both pre and post 
Thanksgiving dinner is key.  Help your guests take a load off and feel relaxed
by offering them various areas throughout your home or patio space where they can 
engage in conversations, sip a pre-dinner cocktail, or enjoy a delicious cup of espresso after dessert.
And let's face it, after eating a hearty Thanksgiving meal, your guests will be looking for a comfy spot 
to just reeeeeeelaxxxxx.

So go ahead, enjoy hosting Thanksgiving feeling stress free by 
designing a table that is simple yet elegant, and one that will 
allow you to enjoy the day just as much as your guests.

Wishing you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving! 



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