THANKSGIVING PARTY

     

THANKSGIVING PARTY IDEAS
I absolutely love Fall and all it's changing colours - oranges, yellows, reds, browns, and golds.  As beautiful as it looks outside your window, it's even more exciting to bring the nature into your own home.  Pumpkins, gourds, squash, and Indian corn, are of course, best to decorate your rooms and table with.  Add other elements of nature, like leaves, pinecones, tree branches, berries, stones, seeds, rice, etc., for a more earthly feel.  

Digsdigs.com shows a lovely display of all these decorative items (images 1 & 4) - I just love the pumpkins hanging from the branches like ornaments, and the rice used to fill the vases.

In my opinion, lighting really sets the mood for any party or family get-together.  Candles (image 3 Nazmiyalantiquerugs.com) and lights strung up in a room, such as the fireplace mantel from Shelterness.com (image 2), creates a feeling of coziness, warmth, and relaxation.    


Thanksgiving is all about being thankful for what we have, and there's no better way to show it than by displaying the message for all your family to see on Thanksgiving Day.  Create a beautiful Fall banner with words like, "Be Thankful," "Thanks," "Always Give Thanks."  It's a creative and inexpensive way to decorate your home - guaranteed, it will be your best and most meaningful decoration.

nobiggie.net (images 1 & 2), choosetothrive.blogpot.com (image 3), and shelterness.com (image 4 & 5)





There are so many fun and festive ways to decorate the table for your Thanksgiving dinner.  First, choose a colour scheme that suits you, then make the decision on whether you want it formal or informal.  

For a more elegant theme, like the one shown in image 1
, use lots of orange and silver, with a simple and low centrepiece and scattered candles.  I just love the extravagant saturn ring wine glasses for that touch of glass...I mean, class ;)  

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Golden hues, rich oranges, and hints of red give this table a clean and classic look (image 2).  I adore this tasteful centrepiece - painting pumpkins white, wrapping gooseberry branches around them, surrounded by candles - brilliant!  Love that they placed the apple cider in the middle of all the plates to become a central decorative piece as well.

{http://www.bhg.com/blogs/centsational-style/2012/11/04/easy-thanksgiving-centerpieces/}


Get creative and make your own table decor - image 3 is the perfect example of an inexpensive and crafty way to dress your table.  Simply buy glass candle holders from the Dollar Store and glue leaves (maple leaves would be best), on the surface.  Tie some white twine around the centre of the candle holder.  Lastly, place a candle in the centre and watch the leaves glow - beautiful!

{http://www.digsdigs.com/60-cool-thanksgiving-decorating-ideas/}


When I see this picture (image 4), I think of three words - cozy, inviting, and traditional.  This is the table setting I would use as inspiration to dress my own table at Thanksgiving.  Using deep reds and burnt orange creates a relaxing and welcoming ambiance.  Decorating with maple leaves is a must in my books as well - after all, it is an important symbol in Canada's history.  Not to mention, the more nature in the home the better, I always say.  

{http://dining-delight.blogspot.ca/2010/11/fall-dinner-party-for-eight.html}


Don't forget, in order to truly set the Thanksgiving mood, arrange pumpkin, cinnamon, or vanilla-scented candles on the table - the aroma will soothe, and the warmth of the light will cast a flattering glow on the faces of family gathered around to enjoy your Thanksgiving feast.




Arrange pumpkins in bowls or tall vases, or use them as a centrepiece, or the focal point of your guests place setting.  Whatever the case may be, pumpkins are the most appropriate decorative piece for this occasion.  Acorns, too, may be used in the same way.  Just as pumpkins are displayed on china, acorns can sit on the bottoms of wine glasses, used to hold place cards, and topped off with bright Autumn leaves.  The turkey china, on the other hand, can be hit or miss.  Although very festive and completely fitting, it may deter your guests from eating if the image of the bird is right under their noses.

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{http://www.digsdigs.com/26-thanksgiving-table-decorations/}


Instead of the traditional theme - using pumpkins, gourds, squash, and Indian corn - try a floral and fruity centrepiece.  Don't go bright in colour, keep with the Fall colour hues - cranberry red, plum purple, burnt orange, pale yellow, and mossy greens.  I imagine the cornucopia when I see this abundant and plentiful display.

{http://www.digsdigs.com/60-cool-thanksgiving-decorating-ideas/}



More traditional Thanksgiving table displays - I know, I can't help it, they just are....very....Thanksgiving!

What a clever and creative way to constuct your own centrepiece - purchase wooden boards and make a box.  Fill it with your Thanksgiving decorative items, some leaves and tall candles, and voila!

{http://anita-faraboverubies.blogspot.ca/2011/11/thanksgiving-preview.html?m=1}

{http://www.digsdigs.com/26-thanksgiving-table-decorations/}





For this imaginative centrepiece, hollow out a pumpkin, put together a beautiful arrangement of Fall flowers, pine branches, leaves, and berries, and place them in your pumpkin vase - you are sure to get many compliments from family for this piece of art.

{http://www.digsdigs.com/33-beautiful-thanksgiving-table-decorations/}


Pale oranges and yellows, mossy greens, hints of reds, and browns - this colour scheme is simple and earthy and has a country feel.  The wheat tied together and arranged in vases is perfect for this gathering.

{http://vignettedesign.blogspot.ca/2010/11/traditional-thanksgiving-table.html}


Pinecones on a tiered cake stand, adorned with colourful maple leaves - eye-catching and great for saving table space - you'll need all the room you can get!  Cute ceramic acorn containers too - I wonder where I can get my hands on those?  P.S. I love www.betweennapsontheporch.net!!!

{http://betweennapsontheporch.net/a-thanksgiving-table-setting-one-week-late-welcome-to-the-171th-tablescape-thursday/}


The "Giving Thanks" candles are such a creative idea, and looks easy enough to do at home.  I think I will get my little girls to help me make these :)

{http://www.countryliving.com/crafts/projects/thanksgiving-table-1107#slide-1}


  

 

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