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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