If you're hosting Thanksgiving dinner, it may be starting to feel a bit like "crunch time." You probably have your menu in mind and the guest list set, but have you decided what to do for your dining table? Sometimes it's all of these little details that can make the holiday season a bit stressful. When we're feeling the pinch, we call in the experts. Thankfully, we know some pretty talented designers and bloggers who are always willing to help us out. Today, we've asked entertaining expert Chris Nease from Celebrations At Home, to share some decorating tips and ideas. Here are some of her favorites:
by Chris Nease
1. Think outside the box for your Thanksgiving decorating. Orange, gold and rust is a beautiful color combination -- but why not try something more modern like brown and aqua blue? This color scheme is unexpected yet still earthy and inviting. Other interesting choices might be gold and silver, brown and green, or tan and red.
2. Get creative with your centerpiece. For years we've seen pumpkins and gourds used in a Thanksgiving centerpiece which is classic and lovely. However, I love to create an eclectic centerpiece by pulling items from around the house and creating "small vignettes" down the middle of the table. This works particularly well for a long narrow banquette table and you can incorporate things like books, vases of flowers, small statues, and even keys and buttons.
3. Place settings get a whimsical touch with the addition of a Lucky Wishbone on each plate. This way everyone gets to make a wish!
4. Remind guests to save room for dessert by placing individual mini pies at each place. Wrap them up with newspaper, wax paper, or scrapbook paper to add a decorative touch.
5. If you're like us and eat your meal at dinner time you'll need something to hold you over until then. We usually serve wine and appetizers while watching football games and socializing. Set up a pretty, coordinating bar and snack area in another room so it doesn't interfere with traffic flow of the kitchen and dining area.
6. Finally, make sure to have some disposable containers on hand so guests can take home leftovers. Everyone loves those leftover turkey sandwiches!
Would you like more holiday help? Chris, and several other expert bloggers will be joining us for a fun and festive Twitter party. We'll be sharing ideas and tips for holiday food, decor, gifts, plus much more! More info here. We hope you'll join us!
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