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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