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Home for Thanksgiving ... A fall centerpiece will give your thanksgiving day table a festive, comfortable setting!
Home for Thanksgiving ... A fall centerpiece will give your thanksgiving day table a festive, comfortable setting!

Thanksgiving is a time of reflection on the joys the year has brought us as well as a time to revel in the warmth of our family and friends. The holiday brings to mind lazy afternoons around the fire, an occasional football game, and laughter around the most important symbol of all; the Thanksgiving table.

Thanksgiving Tables

There is no right way to serve the glorious meal we prepare every year for Thanksgiving. Traditional pictures of tabletop finery surrounded by smiling family members watching as the traditional turkey is served have lasted for generations. Even if your meal is served buffet style this year, be sure to decorate the Thanksgiving table to encourage not only traditional revelry, but cheer and goodwill as well.

Decorating for Thanksgiving

There are certain symbols that are universal every Thanksgiving. The legends of the first Thanksgiving included Native Americans and Puritans, or Pilgrims, gathered around tables laden with foods from the woods and harvest. Wildlife such as fish, turkey and venison were served along with potatoes, beans and a vegetable native to the Americas; pumpkins. These symbols remain timeless as Thanksgiving decorations.

The essential decorations for your Thanksgiving table include a centerpiece, serving pieces and accessories including linens. Many choose to invest in heirloom quality items to be used year after year and then passed on to children or other family members. Candle holders, table clothes and platters have a special place in many families as they hold much of the tradition of the holidays.

Simple, elegant, colorful and festive, thanksgiving decorations will make your home warm and inviting to your guests.
Simple, elegant, colorful and festive, thanksgiving decorations will make your home warm and inviting to your guests.

Thanksgiving Centerpieces and Fall Tablescapes

The centerpiece of the table and serving area can include many of the traditions surrounding Thanksgiving. Fall colors abound, and gourds, pumpkins and other fruits of the fall harvest can be combined in a colorful cornucopia. A large cornucopia decoration can be used on the dining table, with a smaller version decorating the sideboard, buffet or serving area.

Other centerpiece ideas include figurines and candles. Candleholders and hurricane globes make a warm statement to the fall weather outside, and baskets with harvest items such as apples can be festive as well. Turkey centerpieces and even large pinecones all have found their way to the center of the table for Thanksgiving.

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Thanksgiving Serving Pieces

Stylish serving pieces are critical, but the turkey platter is usually the most central of the food oriented decorations. The platter can be simple in nature, perhaps a white crockery style or silver tray, and many families use the same turkey platter year after year.

The turkey platter might be decorated with fall colors and depictions traditional Thanksgiving themes, or it might simply have simple decals or edging that make it perfect for the autumn and the very special job of holding the traditional Thanksgiving bird.

Thanksgiving Accessories

The linens for Thanksgiving are often high-quality and range from heirloom lace edged table clothes to cheerfully decorated placemats. Solid or print tablecloths can set the theme for the room, and placemats can serve as both a layer of protection and a means of showing off a beautiful dining table.

Thanksgiving figures make wonderful additions to the table as napkin rings and salt and pepper shakers. Pilgrims and Native Americans are classically depicted on these accessories as are fall leaves and turkeys. Even coasters are available with autumn colors and leaves, vines and pumpkins that help bring the entire table together.

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