Thanksgiving is all about sharing a special meal with family and friends. 2020 has presented us with a chaotic year we will never forget. It has also reminded us to be grateful for the simple things. If you are lucky enough to have your immediate family healthy and close to enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner together, why not make your table extra special?
Decide what you want your table to look like and what colors you want to use. Do you want a simple rustic look or an over-the top Instagram worthy table? Let the kids help decide and get in on the creative fun. They can make the place cards, placemats or paint some mini pumpkins used in the centerpiece. Have the kids add old photos to the table-top to spark some fun conversations and stories.
Decide if you are using linen, a runner or a simple look. This year is perfect for using what you have in any color, the brighter the better. Burlap runners go with everything and are easy to find at any craft store if you want a rustic look. Plaid winter scarves make a great runner, you can use a variety of colors and patterns. Velvet linen is elegant and luxurious and perfect for a Fall table cover. We chose an ocean blue velvet and a bright yellow for two of our tables. We topped the linen with grandma’s china, creative place cards and beautiful show stopping floral.
With fewer people at your table this year you can spend more time setting a beautiful table with many layers using family heirlooms. This would be the year to dust off your grandma’s china or all those hand-me-down pieces you never use. Use a variety of patterns if you have them, nothing has to match in 2020, or ever really. Make your grandmother proud.
The centerpiece is your focal point, it can be simple or elaborate. We love a lush floral centerpiece using dahlias, ranunculus and roses. All of these can be bought at your grocery store, you can use any vases or glassware you already own. Nothing has to match or look perfect. Remember to keep your centerpiece really low so you can see your sweet kid’s faces you have been homeschooling the past few months.
You don’t need to spend a lot on your centerpiece. Simple greens, fresh produce from the grocery store and candles are all you need. We used eucalyptus leaves, pomegranate’s, artichokes and roses from the grocery store. Pumpkins and gourds are a simple and inexpensive addition to your table and easy to find right now. Add some greens and candles and your centerpiece is done. You can never have enough candles.
We also love going outside to forage for our centerpiece materials. Kids are great at finding colorful leaves, pinecones, branches, rocks or any fun natural elements. Painted rocks and leaves are a creative, hand-made element your kids will love to add to your table. Add votive candles in addition to your kid’s art and you have another memorable centerpiece.
It is 2020 and there are no rules for your Thanksgiving table. Many families are not cooking but rather supporting a local restaurant getting take-out. If you have zero ambition to set an elaborate table this year, we are totally on board with that. This is the year to set it free and just relax. Get out the paper plates, paper napkins and cheers with a red solo cup. No judging, just add the candles please.
We hope you have a blessed 2020 Thanksgiving dinner with those you love. There is still so much to be thankful for.
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