By Kathryn Weber
Thanksgiving emphasizes gratitude and celebrates our abundance. And even if the festivities last only a day, taking the time to add some special decorative touches shows your holiday guests how much you care. Best of all, you can do some fabulous decorating throughout the house in less than an hour. Is the turkey already in the oven? Not to worry. You can incorporate some of these ideas in a snap.
MAKE IT NATURAL
Some decorations that are a cinch to put together pay homage to the bounty of nature. Start with what you have, such as potted ivy. Tuck in some fall leaves and you have a quick accent item that can be set next to a dessert tray or on a corner table.
If you have pinecones or crabapples in the yard, put some in glass canisters or vases. A simple branch of fall leaves cut from a tree in the garden makes a beautiful statement on a serving buffet. Heap fruit and leftover Halloween pumpkins on a fruit pedestal or cake plate to decorate the kitchen island. Add sprigs of greenery from a potted plant or the garden and surround with unscented votive candles.
Place some inviting touches in each room. A small vase of fall leaves with a sprig of wheat and a votive candle makes a nice accent in a guest bathroom. At the front door, hang some gathered branches and long grass stems tied with raffia or twine; the more rustic the look, the better.
Create a dessert center on a table, buffet or in a butler’s pantry. Add an oak, pine or magnolia branch among the pies and cakes. Try lining dessert trays with fall leaves. Put an unused ice bucket to work as a vase for fall flowers. Fill glass vases with nuts, berries, cranberries, or fall leaves and add candles.
You can carry out the natural theme regardless of whether you set a formal or informal dining table. The rustic appeal of nature goes as well with china, silver and crystal as it does with porcelain. Drop a place card attached to a twig with twine or raffia beside each plate. Or write names in gold paint on large blades of wild grass or flat stones.
MAKE IT YOURS
Today’s table decor leans more toward tablescapes, and on Thanksgiving these should include food and floral together. For the best look, be sure to include varied heights. If you have leftover herbs from the day’s cooking, place sprigs in your tablescape. Have a little time before the guests arrive? Spray paint corncobs, pumpkins, squash, branches, or leaves in gold, green, silver, brown, white, or purple. Weave painted items into decorations throughout the house for a unified look.
Thanksgiving doesn’t have to be all yellow and orange; go with the shades you like best.
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