The festivities begin early in
the morning as we wait and watch for the arrival of
Santa Claus in the Thanksgiving Day Parade, and they
end late in the day as we fall asleep on the sofa
pretending to watch television along with everyone
We tell stories about the time when our
brother tried so hard to grab the wishbone that he
fell head first into the bowl of mashed potatoes.
Nonetheless, no one went hungry simply because this is
one meal where you can find more food on the dinner
menu than in the refrigerator itself.
This is a
day not just of stuffing a turkey, but of stuffing
yourself. It is a day of trying to gauge just how much
food you can pile onto your plate and then trying to
find a way to sneak what you can't eat onto your
sibling's plate without being noticed. It is a day of
trying to forget how hard you fought over the turkey's
tail until you finally realized what it was and just
where it sat on the turkey.
No matter how many
Thanksgiving dinners we sit through, we always look
forward to this time of camaraderie, treasured
memories, and sumptuous food. The home is full of
aromatic smells tempting us even before it's time to
give thanks for all that we have to be grateful for on
this day. As we glance at the table settings to find
our places, we can't help but be reminded of those who
are no longer with us and those who are yet to join us
in this world.
There are no long weeks of
agonizing over what mom or dad has hidden in the
closet for Christmas morning to endure. There are no
endless sessions writing out cards to greet relatives
that we only meet with pen and paper. There are no
endless waits in line at overcrowded and overly warm
stores just to purchase gifts that will most likely be
returned the following month.
Part of the fun of any
holiday season is the opportunity to decorate our
homes. Fortunately, even though the basic methods
remain the same, there are always opportunities to
express a little something special in a completely
Thanksgiving napkins can
add a decorative touch to an already-elegant
table. Shaped napkins can be used to decorate
plates or even your centerpiece. Consider these
factors before purchasing holiday napkins
Will you want to reuse the
napkins for another holiday season? If you are
planning on using the same napkins for other
holiday or family dinners, purchase neutral colors
that can easily blend with several holiday
If your tablecloth is
busy, select napkins that are simple in design or
one color. If your tablecloth is simple and one
color, select a livelier pattern toi spruce up
your table presentation.
Do you want something you
can reuse? Do you want something that is easy to
clean? Do you want something that is less costly?
If you answered yes to any of those questions, get
cotton napkins or napkins made from cotton blends.
If you want something a bit more elegant, and you
aren’t concerned with price or ease of cleaning,
opt for linen, instead.
Will you be crafting the
napkins into turkeys, cornucopias, or pilgrim
hats? If you are creating some kind of
three-dimensional shape, select napkins that
appear somewhat stiff, rather than delicate and
If you expect your guests
to use their napkins, make sure that brand new
ones are properly washed before placing them on
the table. If you are using a starch on your
napkins prior to creating your masterpieces, use
it sparingly. Add-on items can create nice
effects, as well. For example, you could create
faces for your turkeys from colored paper.
Don't forget about napkin rings. The sheer
variety of them guarantees you'll find a suitable
set for your napkins.
Thanksgiving table with colorful placemats can
be creative and fun. Whether you select
personalized placemats for family members,
holiday-themed placemats that speak turkey, or
neutral-colored placemats that can be used for
multiple holidays, the choice is yours. Consider
the following before making a purchase.
When selecting your
Thanksgiving placemats, it is essential to
consider whether you are looking for versatility,
style, or functionality and shop accordingly.
Reusable placemats in
basic colors such as white, off white, brown, and
beige are versatile enough to be used throughout
the year or over multiple holidays.
introduce a nice touch of family life into the
table setting. You can design your own in any
number of ways, from sewing by hand or machine to
designed some sort of wax paper craft. However you
make it, a personalized placemat says something
special to the person using it.
Durable placemats that can
be used year after year are often made of cotton
or a cotton-blend fabric, making them easy to
The tablecloth is one of
the most readily-apparent pieces of your entire
table setting. Keep it simple and basic if you
intend to do a lot of decorating with smaller
items throughout the rest of the table, making
sure to coordinate the colors of your tablecloth
with those of your placemats and napkins.
Decide if you want to use this tablecloth for
other holidays, as well, or make it exclusive to
Thanksgiving. If you plan to use it more than once
a year, select a versatile pattern or colors that
will go well with other holiday or family dinners.
If you want to use your tablecloth only for
Thanksgiving, find a Thanksgiving-themed
tablecloth that you will enjoy using from year to
If your tablecloth is a solid color,
you can add some panache by placing a themed and
colorful table runner down the center of your
table. Table runners can easily be whipped up by
anyone who is handy with a needle and thread, but
even if that's not you, you can always go to the
store and buy one.
Thanksgiving dinner often
involves large numbers of family members, friends,
and neighbors. If you like to prearrange the
seating accommodations, place cards are the
easiest way to accomplish this without any fuss.
Store-bought place cards come in a variety of
designs, styles, colors, and prices. Select the
ones that go with your table-setting theme. Better
yet, design and craft your own using colored
paper, stamps, markers, or whatever you like.
can be simple or complex. It's a question of
personal preference. You can use something you
already have, something store-bought, or a
combination of the two.
Perhaps one of the
easiest and most often-used centerpieces is the
candle arrangement. If you typically use this as a
centerpiece, try something new and different this
year. Arrange your candles in a new pattern.
Perhaps a row of candles that get progressively
larger as the approach the center of the table and
then taper off again on their way to its opposite
end? Try alternating the candles in a variety of
Several pairs of candlesticks
in the center of the table in varying sizes can
make an attractive arrangement. Again, vary the
colors to coordinate with your tablecloth,
placemats, or napkins. For a little added holiday
theme, place several foil-wrapped chocolate
turkeys, ceramic-pilgrim salt and pepper shakers,
or small cornucopias among the candlesticks.
Bright, colorful plants in decorative
flowerpots also make attractive centerpieces. If
your plant already has enough color to it, it will
make an excellent centerpiece on its own. If it is
almost entirely green, consider a few small gourds
carefully placed near its base for an added touch
pumpkin, or even a ceramic one, can be
combined with greenery and fresh fruit for an
attractive display as a centerpiece. Consider
piling up an attractive display of fresh fruit, a
small pumpkin, greenery, or even small decorative
dessert items on a pedestal cake plate for a real
Another very colorful idea
that allows you to reuse some of the items from
season to season is a medley of beaded fruit
pieces. Simply purchase a colorful set of beaded
fruits that will blend with your tablecloth. The
fruits add a sparkly touch of color.