Halloween is this week and stores already have Thanksgiving and Christmas decorations in their aisles! So, Thanksgiving is right around the corner and you’re probably thinking how are you going to decorate your table? I’m all about utilizing what you already have and decorating simple. It will make a huge statement this holiday with simple, fragrant and organic elements. Look below for some tips on Thanksgiving table ideas.
With your dining room table as your base, you can purchase burlap or another natural material and make your own inexpensive table runner. This will show off the natural beauty of your wood table and set the base for your decor. Nothings says all of your chairs should match. In fact, it looks pretty darn cool when they don’t. Drag in the wooden bench from your patio, grab a spare chair from great places like Chic Furniture of Canton. Another great option is to look in the bargain areas of your local furniture stores. They often have leftovers and items that got returned for practically nothing.
For this table setting I went to Averill Farms and got a few bushels of apples. It’s much more affordable to grab apples from your local orchard than the grocery store. Plus, you’ll be keeping farms strong. Averill Farms in particular, grows over 80 different varieties of heirloom apples. They also offer apple cider donuts and freshly pressed, unpasteurized cider. Think BULK. When you buy one type of item in bulk, it’s likely they may give you a discount. Plus, for mass appeal, you cannot beat the look of tons of fruit or vegetables gathered together in old wood boxes. (These boxes were wooden boxes made from reclaimed wood)
Great ideas for your table are: apples, pears, mini pumpkins or even potatoes!
You can make one long piece using an old pallet. Just take the pallet apart, cut to length and put together with nails and a hammer. Sand if you prefer and stain it. Or, simply distress it by leaving it outside. Sometimes to distress wood, I leave it in the garden to get dirty and let Mother Nature do her thing.
Now, for a little candle light. Keep it simple. Use Mason jars or glass ware you already have. Pick up bulk coffee beans or dry beans, and add them inside the jar for added texture. Coffee beans will actually give the room a touch of aroma as they warm up from the candles.
A dinner party would not be complete without an amazing delectable dessert. Again, keep it simple. You’ll make more of a statement with an old-fashioned simple dessert than you will with too many. Options are caramel cinnamon bread pudding, pumpkin cupcakes with cream cheese frosting, cream puffs and apple pie, pumpkin or cherry pie. Of course, I make everything from scratch, which includes my pie crust. But, with a little planning and setting a good amount of time aside, you won’t stress yourself out. I usually dip homemade caramel/chocolate apples early in the week, wrap them in cellophane bags and set in a cool spot to hand out as parting gifts to my guests.
I love mini desserts. Below you’ll see I baked mini apple pies and placed them at each place setting. Every little detail counts. But, remember to keep it simple. It will save you time, money and make your table setting look amazing! Some of my favorite stores to find things for my table settings are: Ocean State Job Lot, Home Depot, Savers and IKEA
(CREDITS: Candace Jeffery Photography, The New England Kitchen, New England Country Rentals, Cookie Creatives by Jennifer)