Thanksgiving Decor and Creating Beautiful Fall Holiday Table Settings
It is officially November, and you know what that means: the time has come to bust out the Thanksgiving decorations and design a home full of festivities! Dust off that cornucopia and fill it with holiday vegetation to really set the mood, collect those newly turned spectrum of colorful leaves and drop them on the table, and grab the pop of fall color you’ve been waiting all year to use. With Turkey Day rounding the river bend, design and style is of the utmost importance when it comes to transitioning to the holiday season.
We all know and love of our beloved holiday season starting with the haunting Halloween spectacles to the champagne toasts of New Years because it’s a time for families to come together, share conversation over deliciously prepared food, and to deck the halls with tons of decor. In order to really get in the mood for Thanksgiving, design is all about the fall color palette of chocolate-y browns, burnt amber, vibrant oranges, and golden yellows.
Switching over home decor to incorporate this festive feast of colors truly makes a home scream fall and will have your guests on pins and needles anxiously awaiting the moment the turkey pops out of the oven. This time of year allows for one to go all out in coloring their home by adding newly pressed linen, throw pillows, and curtains.
One can definitely spice up the room with pumpkin scented candles, autumnal vegetation, and shrubbery that brings the colorful outdoors into the home. I wasn’t kidding when I said dust off the cornucopia. Not only is this THE staple of fall table settings and festive Thanksgiving holiday decor as far as centerpieces go, but it also serves a purpose as a fruit basket.
With the nights getting colder, why not bust out the holiday scented candles of roasted chestnut, cinnamon spice, and a melee of pumpkin inspired treats. Not to mention, fallen leaves are the epitome of the fall seasonal change. Go out there and get your abode geared up for the festivities that are to come! Happy holidays!
Have you thought about how you’re going to decorate your table this Thanksgiving?
Here are 5 great Thanksgiving Table Decor ideas for you to try!
Once the Halloween decorations are down, it’s time to plan for Thanksgiving. After that, it’s Christmas decorations and the many things to do during Christmas, but that’s for another post. Let’s focus on Thanksgiving and how you’re going to decorate the table to go with your beautiful spread of food.
Here we’ve listed a few of our favorite designs, browse through them for inspiration.
1. Personalized Mini Pumpkins.
Go to a nearby farmer’s market this month for an unlimited supply of pumpkins, mini-pumpkins, gourds, and more. Use them as place settings for your guests with their names decorated straight on the pumpkin, or with a note-card. It’s thoughtful, well-designed, and just looks so good next to food.
2. Fall florals.
Flowers are a quick and easy way to transform anything. Opt for orange and yellows, with berries or mini fruits/vegetables to create an eye-catching design. Of course re-use those mini pumpkins and layer them around the table for bright splashes of color.
3. Beautiful area rug
Don’t forget under the table! Rugs are important in holding a room together, but even more important is their design and how they can complement your Thanksgiving table. You can go either neutral or all out. Let the eye rest on a Bessarabian Kilim Rug that offers neutral abstract calming patterns, or blow your guests away upon first entrance with an intricately designed Floral Rug. Colors like a bold blue, will pair beautifully with the orange and browns on the table. Opt for something with texture so your guests can feel it under their feet. Don’t forget, design isn’t just for the eyes!
4. Feather and Corks
Use the ingenious DIY hack by Carolyn Shomework to create pretty little feather stands. Use them as name cards or just place them around the table for a quirky accent to your table. Your guests can even take them home after as little memoirs and gifts.
5. Antique turkey plates
Use antique plates like the one pictured above for a great traditional touch to your dinner. Antiques look good with anything, so don’t be afraid to mix and match when you use these plates. Gold accents catch your eye, and food instantly tastes better when eaten off beautiful plates.
Thanksgiving Decor and Dining Room Design
Coming together to give thanks and stuff our stomachs has long been the heart of Thanksgiving. But the backdrop of these family feasts plays an equally important role. The family dining room is designed to set the tone for holiday togetherness. It is the backbone of Thanksgiving gatherings, but it is starting to disappear.
According to the National Association of Home Builders, homes are expected to shrink up to 10 percent by 2015, and the number one space to get the ax will be the formal dining room.
The holiest of eating places will be replaced by a new hybrid room, comprised of the kitchen, dining and living rooms. It is a lumping together of social spaces that suggests an interesting trend – that the formality of hosting has been transformed into a more social affair.
Indeed, nearly all the Thanksgiving hosting guides this season have included tips for keeping the holiday chef engaged in festivities. Whether it’s pushing the bar cart into the kitchen, or encouraging open plan cooking and dining spaces, the trend is a move away from the age-old “a woman’s place is in the kitchen,” to the modern concept that the Thanksgiving cook – male or female! – deserves to enjoy the day beyond the scope of the stove.
That being said, there is no reason the new kitchen dining living room shouldn’t be as stylish as possible. Whether it’s a gorgeous antique Persian rug, flattering artwork, or Art Deco accent, this space should be designed as something special. After all, the social hub of a home should both welcome and impress visitors. Let them leave with full tummies, and a friendly envy of your interior design!
Creating The Perfect Fall Table Setting
With the freaky festivities trickling in the air and foliage changing colors and plastering the streets with a spectrum golds, auburn, and amber, now is the time to revamp that summer picnic setting and set the perfect autumn harvest table. Why, you may ask? It’s festive, and who doesn’t like a seasonal change when appropriate?
Decking out your table setting to welcome the fall is super duper easy and loads of fun for the family. (Look at me being all family friendly.) Seriously, setting a gorgeous table setting full of rich autumnal colors, leaves, cornucopia, pumpkins, and other fall vegetation really livens a room signifying the start of the holiday season.
Autumn is all about color, so, donning the table with fall season staples of oranges, yellows, and reds is a must. Try spicing the table up with some unconventional colors such as rich plums, dark crimson, and gold accents. Nothing screams the season of changing leaves like switching color palettes.
Adding other fall staples such as leaves, squash, and pumpkins adds a sense of play into your styling. Be careful as to not go overboard and go from the land of class to absolute kitsch. Remember, staying classy means high-end simplicity when it comes to table centerpieces. Stay away from pre-painted pumpkins we grew up around as kids, put down the candy corn, and please, whatever you do, absolutely no cheap decor from the likes of Wal-Mart, K-Mart, Smart Mart, or whatever mart you should never frequent.
Autumn does not mean cheesy decorations. As far as I know, cheese was not served on Thanksgiving Day nor was it handed out to ghouls and goblins on All Hallows’ Eve. Throw in some beautiful linens, pumpkin spice scented candles, and naturalistic dark wood accouterments, and you’re set to take over the beginning of the holiday season.