Every year when the Halloween candy has been eaten and the calendar turns to November, I have one thing on my mind, Thanksgiving. This has always been one of my favorite holidays and I have such fond childhood memories of Thanksgiving day. I would wake up early to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade on the couch with my siblings and then make a quick trip to the grocery store with my mom because we’d forgotten some essential ingredient. Even now that I’m older, I still love that we have an entire holiday dedicated to being thankful for what we have in life.
The undisputed star of Thanksgiving is the food, but that doesn’t mean you can’t put a little extra effort into the other parts of your meal. A special day deserves special treatment, and I’ve got a few tips to help you decorate your Thanksgiving table.
If you enjoy your Thanksgiving meal family style with all the food in serving dishes on the table, then you don’t need much. Fall themed place settings are a great way to dress up your table while still allowing your cooking to take center stage. Think warm yellows, rich reds, and burnt oranges along with leaf and plaid prints. I would suggest buying napkins with a print and a coordinating tablecloth in a solid color — this way you can use it throughout the year. If you really want to go all out, you can even buy specially decorated plates or serving trays. You should be able to find a wide variety at local gift boutiques, party supply stores, and department stores.
Centerpieces are a great Thanksgiving table decoration for those who enjoy their meals either plated or buffet style. A flower vase filled with naked branches is an elegant minimalistic touch. You can buy leaves from a local craft store, spray-paint them gold, and scatter them across the table as a unique alternative to a table runner. Fall hued candles are always a great option, especially if you eat later in the day after the sun has gone down. Just remember that no Thanksgiving table decoration should be so elaborate that it makes talking to the person across from you impossible.
You certainly don’t want to leave out the youngest ones. The children’s table is often overlooked as not needing decorations, but I think it should have the most. A great Thanksgiving table decoration here is our molded chocolates. Delysia Chocolatier makes pumpkin and turkey molded chocolates that are sure to be a big hit. Available in milk, dark, and white chocolates, these adorable treats are the perfect solution for a children’s table. No fire, no glass, and perfectly safe for those who have a habit of putting things in their mouths. Place them on a cake stand with Delysia Chocolatier’s Autumn Truffle Collection to make a fun Thanksgiving table decoration that is appropriate for all ages. Our seasonal chocolate molds also make great place cards when you dress them with tiny name tags.
Use these simple tips and have more time to do your favorite things on Thanksgiving, whether that’s watching the Macy’s parade, playing a game of touch football with the family, or eating a second helping of turkey and dressing.