Decorating for a Practical Thanksgiving

Planning for a Thanksgiving gathering can a stressful experience. All the food preparation, keeping track of guests of different ages, ensuring you have everything you need well beforehand and timing everything perfectly could potentially take up hours of your time so your decor may be understandably low on the priority list. However, setting the right festive mood is part of the fun of Thanksgiving and it certainly doesn’t need to be a high-pressure situation.

With a few practical choices, your Thanksgiving table and home can create a warm welcome for your guests and set the mood for a wonderful day of thanks and gratitude.

Mix and Match Table Settings

Swoon Worthy Thanksgiving Table 4
Swoon Worthy

If you think you need to have a fully matching set of dishes and glasses for your table, you’ll be pleased to know that you don’t. Just as eclectic design marries different styles of furniture to create a pleasing end result, so too does mixing and matching different sets of plates, glasses and serving dishes for a fun look that doesn’t take itself too seriously. Take a look at your existing dishes and scour your local thrift shops for inexpensive dishes in patterns and colours that will work well together. Stick to a limited color scheme or similar hue saturations for a cohesive look that won’t break the bank.

Get Creative with Your Tablecloth

House of Harper

There are many things that can be used as a tablecloth. Of course, purchasing off-the-shelf may be a simple solution but if you are looking to create a table which is both creative as well as practical, then perhaps ditch the fine linen and look at other items that can be used in a creative way. Above, House of Harper used kraft paper for her Thanksgiving spread, simply embellished with calligraphy in a white pen. You might consider using a large colourful scarf, some beautiful wrapping paper stretched across the table or perhaps an especially lovely bed sheet. Think outside the box and give your Thanksgiving table a bit of personality in the process.

Consider Bench Seating

Bench seating from Oak Furnitureland
Bench seating from Oak Furniture Land

While individual chairs work well when it is only your immediate family, once that crowd gets slightly larger, you may want to consider another option. Bench seating can be a practical solution, especially for children where simply sliding up the bench provides that bit more room at the table. You can layer a bench with a soft throw to make it more comfortable and once Thanksgiving is complete, the bench can be used elsewhere in the home – in an entranceway or by a sunny window – as an additional but thoroughly practical seating solution.

Keep Your Table Decor Effortless

Easy Centerpiece for Autumn Tablescapes
Julie Blanner

While intricately carved pumpkins, mountains of faux colourful branches and cheery wooden signs with slogans can add to your decor, sometimes simple is really best. Julie Hammer shows us exactly how to create a festive Fall tablescape in her post, using candles, apples and some greenery. Choose items from your own backyard to keep things stylish but practical, taking clippings from trees or bushes and mixing with seasonal fruits or vegetables for a beautiful but effortless display.

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Image Credits: Julie Blanner, Swoon Worthy, House of Harper, Oak Furnitureland

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