Pretty Quick: Thanksgiving Table Edition

15 Nov

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If you don’t have the time and money to set a magazine-style Thanksgiving table this year, or just prefer something simple, here are five little things you can do to make your Thanksgiving table sparkle (while not cutting into your wine budget.)

  1. Work of Art Centerpiece – Grab a large frame and use it as a tray in the middle of your table. Inside, frame something special to the people you’ll be hosting – maybe a family picture, your child’s Thanksgiving art-class masterpiece, or a favorite quote – or just something pretty, like a sparkly holiday placemat. Stack some candles or wine bottles on top.
  2. Napkin Bling – Napkin rings always catch my eye in the stores, but it always feels like a waste to spend on money on blingy little circles when I have plenty at home. Bracelets! Hoop earrings! Wrap them around your dinner napkins for a fresh feel that isn’t too formal. Don’t worry about them matching; that’s the fun of it.                                                                                               Napkin Ring Holders
  3. Light it Up – Candles are the easiest and most inexpensive way to set a mood for your meal. Be sure to use unscented candles so you don’t distract from the yummy scents coming from your kitchen. Consider one line of tealights down the center of the table, or stick tapered candles in empty wine bottles for a more eclectic feel. Turkey for two? Fill a tray with tea light candles for a soft romantic glow.
  4. Photo Place Card – Hosting a group but don’t want to go the formal place card route? Print out a picture of each guest and stick it to a piece of scrapbook paper that matches your table or use a vintage photo holder (this one via Etsy). Extra points for goofy pics.              photo holder
  5. Kids’ Table Redefined – Don’t stick the kids in a decor wasteland this Thanksgiving. Emphasize the importance of the meal by making their table just as pretty as the adults’ – but maybe a bit more tot friendly. Instead of placemats, use bright scrapbook paper that you can find at craft store for under $1. Or consider covering the table with chalk board or butcher paper so kids can get creative as they chow down.

What’s your favorite go-to for pretty quick table decor? Share in the comments!

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