A Feast for the Eyes too: Thanksgiving Table Settings

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You may think that no one pays attention to your table settings during holiday meals — after all, isn’t it the food what’s important? Well, as important as the food tastes and smells, we also eat with our eyes…so a beautiful table setting can make even simple food feel like a feast. For your Thanksgiving feast, think of some of these possibilities for setting your table glamorously: short, squat “pumpkin”-shaped candles, grouped in the center of the table, perhaps on a shining tray, will be outstanding. Many folks like to have actual food as part of their “place card” — a pear or apple looks sumptuous against white china and clear crystal glassware. Oak-leaf stamped place cards, with napkin rings to match, can see you through the whole season; or, how about a luminary of gold and orange fabric?

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For a brown motif, tie silverware into crisp brown cloth napkins with a length of chocolate satin ribbon, and it’s instant elegance. You can branch out from brown and orange too: deep purple napkins and trim set against pure white plates on a wood table are stunning…and they match the red wine! For simple tables, a print runner, Mason-jar candles, or a board with a group of tapers are elegant choices. Don’t forget green: tuck a small sage leaf in with silverware on a green napkin, tie with green satin or velvet ribbon. Alternatively, use green growing things as your centerpiece — pots of herbs are an undeniably fresh touch. Browse through these ideas, adapt to your own colors, then smile…your guests are in for visual and taste treats!

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Written by Janet Butler

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Janet W. Butler is a freelance writer, editor, and editorial consultant by day and a “small soprano” by night. An RWA Golden Heart Winner, she is the author of the inspirational romance From the Ashes (“the best little book no one’s ever heard of”), published by SANDS Publishing in 2001; and a romantic suspense, Voice of Innocence, from Desert Breeze Publishing. She is a Chicago native transplanted to northeast Indiana, where she lives with her husband, daughter, and Cassandra “Trouble” Butler, S.R.C. (Spoiled Rotten Cat).

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