Thanksgiving Day is near and the preparation frenzy is starting to rear its nervous little head. It is a time when you get together with your family and loved ones and spend some quality time with them. Even if you don’t see them often or you live in different cities or states, that one day is reserved for a gathering and catching up. Unfortunately, it’s easy to get sidetracked when you are meant to prepare a meal for a big group of people. Especially if you want everything to look great. This year you can follow these tips for the best and stress-free dining set up.
The best way to make sure everything will go smoothly and you won’t have anything to stress over, is to plan ahead. You should start planning at least two weeks ahead. Make a list of everyone who is coming. Plan out the menu. That shouldn’t be a problem since there are some traditions you are sure to follow when it comes to a Thanksgiving menu, but you should take your guests diets into considerations in this step. Think about allergies, specific diet like vegan or vegetarian, and things like that. Make a list of all the ingredients you will need for the feast and drinks you need to buy. Once you know all about the food and beverages you’ll be serving, it will be easier to start focusing on the décor.
Pick a color pattern
Before you make any other decisions about the dining table décor you must pick a color pattern for it. People choose all kinds of different color patterns and you can find a lot of inspiration online. However, Thanksgiving Day is so closely related with autumn in the minds of most people and going for an autumnal dining décor is a great choice. When you are choosing the tableware, the tablecloth, and the napkins think about the autumn leaves. They have the most beautiful red, orange, and yellow colors. You can combine all of them or choose a combination of just a few. They will look amazing in any combination on a dining room table and they are very appetizing.
Serve to impress
Thanksgiving is about giving thanks, reevaluating our lives, and spending time with our families but the star of the show is the meal. Delicious and prepared with love, capable of bringing us all together and making us forget about our problems, even if just for a little while. A lot of time goes into preparing the perfect Thanksgiving meal and it should be present in a manner it deserves to be. Colorful dishes, platters, jugs, and bowl all over the table will add to the décor and also remind everyone that the meal is homemade and special. Beautiful Le Creuset tableware comes in autumnal colors that will elevate any dining setting. And remember, the tableware you use should be in the same color pattern as the rest of the décor.
Add a little green
The autumnal color pattern will make everything feel homey and cozy but to emphasize the importance of the gathering you should add something special. No dining set is done until you add the flowers. You must admit, there is something about decorating with flowers that just makes an occasion feel special. Adding a nice flower centerpiece to the table will add to the festive feel of it and the green color will make the table look fresh and serve as a contrast to the rest of the setting. You can pick something up in the flower shop or have fun making your own centerpiece with these great ideas.
Go a step beyond
If you started planning on time and followed the previous tips you will have some spare time to take that step beyond. Christmas and Halloween are not the only holidays that deserve a full home decoration, Thanksgiving is a beloved holiday that should be treated just as well. There are a lot of ideas for DIY fall projects that you can use to decorate the house in the spirit of Thanksgiving, and if you have time you should definitely use it to make the house feel snug and warm. Another great idea is to make your own mini cupcake stand for displaying those beauties and making them a part of the décor. Whatever project you pick you will have fun doing it, and preparing a feast and welcoming your family and a holiday into your home should feel like nothing if not fun.
About the Author
Peter is a lifestyle writer and a recent newly wed living in Brisbane, Australia. After graduating from Australian Institute of Creative Design, he worked as a fashion stylist and also as a freelance writer for few local magazines in Brisbane. Beside writing, he loves shopping, cooking exotic meals and traveling around tropical destinations with his hubby Josh. His future plans are in creating his personal lifestyle blog about everyday life-saving tips. Follow Peter on Facebook and Twitter.