Pure Elegance: Gold and White for Thanksgiving

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Pull out all the stops this Thanksgiving and go for gold, literally — in your décor, that is — with some of these great “golden” ideas for Thanksgiving tables. If you’re lucky enough to own gold plates, this is one of those times you don’t need to think twice: bring them out. Golden flatware can be rare, but if you’ve got a set, once again…show it off. Golden candlesticks are always an elegant touch, especially striking with white; if you’ve got gold luminaries, even better. With plain white dishes, use gold-edged crystal, gold-trimmed white napkins, gold napkin rings (maybe with a monogram), or gold-bordered place cards. And how about gold-painted pumpkins? They’re a low-cost way to add some glitz to the table, and they’re the perfect seasonal décor to boot.

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Do you remember tablecloths with gold thread trim? Look for one in a vintage linen shop. Or, gather leaves from the yard, spray with iridescent gold paint, let dry completely, then scatter down the center of a white cloth as a casual “runner.” A gold wire “branch” centerpiece holds white vigil lights for a striking candelabra; a long wood post, polished well with a few key holes, can be a base for gold “leaves” with long stems. If you have gold ornaments of any kind — golden pears and apples are popular — in enough quantity, use them to hold place cards or napkins; if you have very few, group them with white candles for instant sparkle. A touch of gold, in any of these forms, is magic: spread the “glam” and have fun!

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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).