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Top Tips for Your Thanksgiving Table

Rustle up the extra leaf for the dining room table. It’s time to gather together around a beautiful, bountiful Thanksgiving table. There are some new trends and conversation pieces to consider this year. Take a page or two from the home decor magazines and websites for your holiday look. Many crafting and hobby stores and websites sell or download templates for making goodie bags, games, place cards, place holders, candle wraps, and painting stencils. Make your Thanksgiving lovely, bright, and thoughtful with your own two hands.

Colors and patterns

The usual browns, tans, and oranges are off the table this year. It’s not that these iconic Thanksgiving colors aren’t welcome, but there is a vibrant rainbow of late-fall combinations to choose from. A striking pair popping up for Thanksgiving 2017 is orange and blue. Vibrant pumpkin shades are complemented with varying hues of blue — from robin’s egg to turquoise to dark denim. In fact, the jewel tones are very hot this autumn: peridot takes the place of forest green; amethyst, sapphire and tanzanite overrule browns; and bright ruby replaces more sedate maroons.

Place settings

Make each dinner guest feel welcome with a unique place setting, something edible or unforgettable.

Mix media this Thanksgiving with a collage of materials — for instance, crystal goblets, wooden candlesticks and porcelain dishes. Layer different textiles and fabrics as napery and secure napkins with sprigs of autumnal herbs. Stack chargers, plates and individual soup tureens.

Place cards don’t have to be two-dimensional. Show guests to their seat with a handmade place card or place card holder. Besides the dozens of templates available online you can print at home, there are other ways to make them stand out.

Miniature pumpkins painted white or gold hold printed cards with names, and cinnamon sticks turned on their sides can prop up place cards. Divine little boxes folded from colorful cardstock can hold candy or other treats. Spray-painted leaves can be gathered with a clothespin that also holds the card.

Centerpieces

Naturally that gorgeously golden-brown bird is always the main event at the dinner table. But before it arrives, the centerpiece steals the show. In keeping with the themes of harvest and plenty, centerpieces don’t have to be just one large conversation piece. This year, they are a collection of smaller items that present a whole Thanksgiving portrait. A weaving, winding line of pumpkins, acorns and twigs painted white or other colors is a lovely trend this year. Some crafters are hollowing out small pumpkins and apples as tealight-holders and planting flowers — and even succulents — in glittery pumpkins and gourds. In fact, fruits and vegetables are the perfect accents for candle and flower centerpieces, even unusual ones, like artichokes, which have a gorgeous star shape.

Lighting concepts

Thanksgiving dinner deserves a rosy nostalgic glow, so dress it up with candlelight from strategically placed tealights or candlesticks. Because of their slender silhouettes, classic taper candles can grace the center of the table without blocking anyone’s view significantly. Also consider the dimmer switch on your overhead lighting for a cozy hue. Many chandeliers and lighting fixtures can be incorporated into your decor theme with dangling ornaments, herbs and spices, or other natural autumnal art.

Kids’ table

If you have a lot of little ones coming to supper, it might be wise to give them their own table. Sometimes children dread being separated from the adult conversations of the big table or the comforts of their parents dining beside them, but there are ways to make the kids’ table much more fun.

Arts and crafts are a must. Provide cups of crayons, trays of crafting supplies, craft paper table runners or placemats. Encourage children to make their own place cards, and entice them with goodie bags that look like cobs of corn, pilgrim’s hats or turkeys.

Grownup accoutrements in miniature sizes always captivate kids. Give them a little gravy boat and butter dish of their own to pass.

And you can keep them entertained with games like Thanksgiving bingo cards or holiday word searches.

If you’re thinking a new dining table is in order for your family to gather around this year, head into Meyers Furniture in Rochelle or Mendota – we have a wide variety of in-stock styles, ready to be in your home by the time your family is ready to take a seat at the table!