by Giorgina Devereaux
Thanksgiving decorations give us a heartwarming reminder to be thankful for what we have.
We are thankful for the important people in our lives, the ability to put food on the table, our health, our home, our jobs, and the quality time we spend with our loved ones.
This special holiday gives us the opportunity to take a break from the daily chaos and sit down at the dinner table to share a meal together and reflect on all that we have been given while at the same time praying for those less fortunate.
Making a special occasion such as Thanksgiving memorable is especially on the mind of the host. There are many things to consider when hosting Thanksgiving. Not only do you want to serve delicious food, but the decor is important down to the last detail.
I will share some ideas on interior
and exterior decor as well as how to set the perfect Thanksgiving table, along
with several treasured recipes.
There is an abundance of wonderful Thanksgiving decorative items that you can adorn your home with. Here are some ideas sure to dazzle your home for the Thanksgiving holiday.
Autumn Wreath: You can display a lovely autumn wreath consisting of natural twigs, leaves, wheat, faux gourds, berries, and acorns over a mantel, console table, or hallway cabinet by placing it inside a wreath stand that features an acorn.
It makes a beautiful display because
of the vivid autumn colors and welcomes the fall season indoors.
Ceramic Gourds: A great way to create a harvest tableau is with a set of glazed ceramic and metal embellished gourds. It is a lovely way to invite color into your home this holiday season.
Faux Plants: Display a set of lovely miniature topiaries that are artfully composed of faux Chinese lanterns, acorns, leaves, pumpkins, and other fall gatherings. It’s a fantastic way to invite autumn colors into your home.
Harvest Collectibles: Harvest collectibles consisting of glazed porcelain
are available in the following figurines: Native Americans, pumpkins, and
Pilgrim Figurines: Add these lovely pilgrim figurines to your Thanksgiving decorations. The set consists of a pilgrim couple and is constructed of poly-resin that is hand-painted. The female measures 9 ½” H x 3”W x 2 ½”D and the male measures 9 ¼”H x 2 ¾”W x 2 ¾”D.
Since Thanksgiving is associated with fall colors, you can create a fabulous display for the exterior as a way to greet guests and spruce up your home exterior.
Create Your Own Autumn Display: You can create your own autumn display by incorporating three bales of hay, pumpkins, a barn wheel, and a scarecrow.
If you have a porch, you can arrange the display as follows:
1. Place the bales of hay in a row.
2. Lean the barn wheel against the bales of hay.
3. Put several pumpkins on top of each bale of hay and scatter a few pumpkins on the ground around the bales of hay.
4. Depending on your preference, position the scarecrow on the far left or right of the bales of hay.
If you do not have a porch, you can
display this assortment of Thanksgiving decorations on the front lawn.
Door Wreath: Bring the beauty
of the season to your home by adorning your front door with a colorful autumn
You can choose from the following door wreaths that feature a spectacular array of autumn flowers that surround the following decorative items:
Doormat: A decorative doormat is the perfect accent piece to enhance your entryway while creating an inviting autumn welcome for friends and family. Some doormats feature an assortment of autumn colors as well as a pumpkin motif.
You can even personalize your doormat
with any title or family name.
Flag: A festive way to
invite holiday fun with your Thanksgiving decorations is by displaying a garden or house flag.
You can choose from a nice selection of flags in fall/autumn colors.
These flags are made from nylon or polyester and have a beautiful printed pattern design on one side that can be viewed from both sides. These brightly colored flags will brighten up your home and neighborhood.
Mailbox Swag: What better way to greet guests and passersby than with a lovely mailbox swag that features faux gourds, bittersweet berries, miniature pumpkins and pears, silken veined leaves, real raffia and pine cones, and big, metallic gold-accented check bows. It can be secured to the mailbox with a self stick strap that trims to size.
Setting the Perfect Thanksgiving Table
Generally, the table is the focal point of Thanksgiving decorations. This is where we give our thanks for all we have and share a meal with our loved ones. There are many little details to be considered when setting the table – from the tablecloth, table runner, candles, centerpiece, and positioning of the china, stemware, flatware, and napkins.
There are many lovely Thanksgiving tablecloths to choose from. You can find
some in Jacquard woven that have rich autumnal hues and feature classic
It makes a nice decorative touch for the Thanksgiving holiday.
Thanksgiving Tablecloth for the Kids Table: For the kids table, you can find a playful patterned tablecloth that depicts the first Thanksgiving with an adventurous turkey that illustrates the tale, from the landing at Plymouth Rock in 1620 to the settlers’ cultivating a bountiful harvest.
Thanksgiving Table Runner: You can also include a matching table runner over the tablecloth or place it over a bare table. It adds a lot of beauty to the table while serving to protect the table surface.
Napkins: Napkins that match the tablecloth are also available or you can simply choose your own pattern. Another option is to opt for a solid color, such as a rich autumn orange.
Napkin Rings: A nice way to
dress up the napkins is by placing a decorative napkin ring around them.
Place Card Holders: Place
card holders add a nice personal touch to your Thanksgiving decorations and dinner table, and
also give you the opportunity to plan where everyone will sit.
You can find pumpkin place card holders that are made from glass and they come in four different fall colors, along with a gold circular holder for name place cards.
Placemats: You can opt to use placemats as part of your table's Thanksgiving decorations. Placemats are available with designs that feature a colorful cornucopia, pumpkin appliques, or autumn leaves. It’s a beautiful way to incorporate more color to your dining table.
Plate Charger(s): Plate chargers are a fabulous way to dress up your dinnerware as well as enhance the beauty of the dining table. There are many to choose from, with most being made from plastic. You can find plate chargers in solid colors, such as, gold or silver and made of the following materials: glass, wood, plastic, pewter, and hand woven of rattan. Some come with scalloped edges and handles.
How to Properly Set the Dinner
Table: Positioning the dinnerware, along with the flatware, stemware, and
napkins is something that some of us are not familiar with or cannot remember
how to do.
Here is a depiction of how to
properly set the dinner table:
Turkey Salt and Pepper Shakers: You may also wish to include decorative salt and pepper shakers consisting of a turkey design. It is a fun way to include more Thanksgiving decorations to the table.
Centerpiece for the Table
Ceramic Turkey Centerpiece: A lovely centerpiece for the table is a ceramic turkey. It has a white crackle glaze that gives the turkey an antique look.
Centerpiece: Another splendid choice for a table decorative item is a
Turkey Centerpiece Kit: With this kit, you can transform a pumpkin into a Thanksgiving turkey. The seven-piece kit includes die-cut metal tail feathers, head, and stand with feet.
Maize Taper Candles with Wheat Sheaf Candleholders: These beautiful candles have the capacity to burn up to 6 hours and release an aromatic roasting chestnut scent. They look lovely displayed on the dinner table and help complete the autumn look.
Pumpkin & Gourd Candles:
These pumpkin and gourd candles look as though they were picked from the patch.
Miscellaneous Decorative Touches for the Dinner Table
Confetti: A fabulous way to include additional decorative touches to the dinner table is by sprinkling confetti consisting of orange, silver, fuscia, and gold autumn leaves around the table centerpiece and along the table runner.
Parchment Autumn Leaves: Another way to dress up the dinner table is by scattering parchment autumn leaves around the table. It adds color and beauty to the table.
Chair Decor: Chairs are often neglected during the holiday season. It’s as simple as adding a nice decorative bow in a rich fall autumn color, such as, orange. This enhances the overall look of the table and makes your guests feel special because of all the extra finishing touches.
Creative Ways to Seat Additional Guests and Children
Card Table: If you worry that
your table cannot accommodate many guests, there are solutions to help with
this. You can dust off a couple of card tables that have been sitting in storage
and dress them up with a lovely tablecloth that coordinates with your other
dining table for a consistent look.
Kids Table: You can set up a kids table with four or six chairs for the
children. This gives the children a comfortable place to sit while giving them
an opportunity to interact with one another during dinnertime. You can also set
up various activities consisting of coloring books and fun games to keep them
Ottoman and Tray Tables: An oversized ottoman makes a great area to dine for a couple of guests who don’t mind gathering there. You can even pull out a few tray tables and folding chairs for other guests as well.
8-12 tbsp. butter
3 medium yellow onions, peeled and finely chopped
1 bunch celery, trimmed and finely chopped
1 large bunch parsley, stems trimmed and leaves finely chopped
½ cup finely chopped fresh sage leaves (about 6 large sprigs)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
10 cups fine fresh breadcrumbs
½ cup chicken stock
2. Mix breadcrumbs with onion-celery mixture. Add chicken stock, and mix until the stuffing is just moist. Loosely fill the turkey cavity with warm stuffing, truss, and bake. Or put stuffing in a buttered baking pan, and bake until hot and golden on top, 30-45 minutes.
Citrus Cranberry Sauce
Serves 16 (yields about 4 cups)
3-inch piece of cinnamon stick
½ lemon, thinly sliced, seeded, and cut into quarters
½ orange, thinly sliced, cut in quarters
2 cups water
4 cups fresh cranberries
1 cup brown sugar
1. Combine the cinnamon, lemon, orange, and water in a 2-quart saucepan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 5 minutes.
2 lbs. sweet potatoes
½ cup coconut milk
Zest from ½ lime
1 tbsp. peeled and grated ginger
Salt and pepper to taste
1. Peel and quarter the sweet potatoes and place them in a 3-quart saucepan. Add coconut milk, lime zest, and ginger. Stir to evenly distribute all of the ingredients.
2 lbs. Delicata squash
1. Cut squash in half lengthwise.
Lightly coat with oil and season with salt and pepper. Roast in the oven at 350
degrees for about 25 minutes or until tender.
*Note: Do not fill the blender more
than half way and always start on a low speed before blending on high when
blending hot items.
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 ½ cups pumpkin puree
1 cup sugar
½ tsp. salt
1 ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
½ tsp. ground ginger
¼ tsp. ground nutmeg
1 ½ cups heavy cream
2 eggs, slightly beaten
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Roll dough out on a lightly floured surface into an 11-inch round. Fit into a 9-inch pie plate, cut off excess dough, and flute edges.
Have a wonderful and
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