While everyone is planning their turkey dinners, pumpkin pie and elastic pants, I’m…well, not. It’s not that I don’t have plans for Thanksgiving, because I do. Ken and I will be going to my sweet family’s home in southern Indiana, and I couldn’t be more excited. Yet part of me? Part of me yearns for this renovation to be O-V-E-R, so I can display a beautiful Thanksgiving feast of my own.
Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday, aptly sandwiched between my least favorites: Halloween and Christmas. Total Scrooge, I know. Perhaps my love for the November holiday is that I love to eat, but I also think the joy stems from my love of gratitude.
Holiday season has arrived! Those of us hosting the Thanksgiving festivities this year know that there are many things that go into preparing for such an event. And what’s at the top of every holiday host’s checklist? The dinner table. Colorful, artful styling, like my sister does so well, can help you make your Thanksgiving feast a delight for all the senses.
House Beautiful: photo by Alexandra Rowley
My sister makes a grand production of her tabletop design for our family’s annual Thanksgiving feast. She starts planning months ahead of time, devising a color scheme and purchasing special linens. And her creation always inspires awe.
Pumpkin cheesecake, cornbread stuffing, mounds of mashed potatoes and an extra-large turkey. Since the start of November, I haven’t been able to stop daydreaming about Thanksgiving dinner. My mom’s never done an elaborate Turkey Day table. We’ve always been more focused on the spread. This year, she’s decided to go all out with place cards, fancy glassware and candles. I’ve found the perfect inspiration for her…and your family too. From delightfully simple to astonishingly elegant, these designer table settings will leave you drooling.
Gobble Up More Decor Ideas
It’s here, it’s here! Well, almost. For me, Thanksgiving means eating my mom’s cooking until I can’t move, wrestling for control of the TV remote with my dad (holiday shows verses football games) and, of course, decorating the house with warm, nature-inspired autumnal decor. Thanksgiving is only 21 days away, which means you have a mere three weeks to fill your home with that cozy, fall feeling before family and friends arrive. Here are some of our favorite Thanksgiving decor ideas sure to delight you and your guests.
Thanksgiving is this Thursday. Not much time left before guests arrive. I have a few ideas for simple centerpieces that are big on style but can be put together using elements gathered on a walk through the woods or from your own backyard.
Okay, in all truth, these hedge apples (a.k.a osage oranges) didn’t come from my backyard. A neighbor has a well-established tree that dropped fruit the size of softballs onto the sidewalk. I just slowed down on my walk and scooped em up. Placed in an antique brass urn, they add a bright chartreuse pop to my dining room.
So, now that the Halloween hubbub has died down, it’s time to start thinking about Thanksgiving. We have tons of great ideas to help you stress less and enjoy the upcoming holiday celebrations.
Whether you want to add a fall touch to your home’s entry:
Sometimes I daydream about living in a time before electricity when people read and dined and worked by candlelight. A simpler time that, to me, seems quite romantic. This Thanksgiving, I’m certainly thankful for much of what modern society provides, but I’ll be celebrating the season like our ancesters did – in low light. And with days now shorter, it is the perfect time to stay in, snuggle up in a warm throw and begin planning for the holidays! Make sure you put a new candle or two on your list. Because I think everything is a little warmer, a little more romantic in candlelight. Don’t forget about the candleholder. There’s some great ones available this season.
If you appreciate the artistry and personal touch found in one-of-a-kind handmade pieces, check out www.etsy.com — “Your Place to Buy and Sell All Things Handmade.” I love this Web site that has everything from art to clothing to stationary to housewares. Support an artist and perhaps even get inspired to create something yourself.
The Glass Blossom Candleholder made by Jellybug Artworks and ideal for small candles and tealights can be customized in various colors. This vintage Verdigris Metal Mouse Candleholder is sure to delight kids of all ages. The mouse’s tail becomes the candleholder.
If mass produced is more your style, these candleholders and accessories by Horchow are sure to make your Christmas a little more merry.
Clockwise, top left: If red and gold is a favorite holiday color scheme, the Ball Candleholders with burnished gold accents and gold tapers are a must.
If silver is more your thing, Swarovski crystals give the Snowflake Candle that extra special sparkle. For some whimsy and fun, how adorable is the Krinkles Reindeer Candelabra?
When the festivities are complete, don’t just blow out your candles. Snuff them out with this brassplated Reindeer Candle Snuffer.
No holiday tablescape is complete without candlelight. And you can’t go wrong with crystal. This set of Vera Wang crystal holders are from the designer’s Duchesse collection available at Macy’s.
Any special ways you decorate with candles during the holiday season? What are your favorite holiday accessories?