Such a happy time of year! A time for families to travel across the miles to share memories, traditions and of course, scrumptious food. To create a beautiful table and menu, advance preparation and thought is key to getting everything done you want to accomplish. And as a host, you enjoy your day even more!
Do you want a new tablescape look this year?
- Create a theme. Your theme may be as simple as coordinated colors and textures. Look at seasonal magazines for ideas if your creative juices aren’t flowing. Or, look to nature. Shop early while the best tablecloths, the size(s) you may need, and decorative pieces are readily available in the stores. Purchase an autumn colored tablecloth and add bright red maple leaves or sunshine yellow Gingko leaves that have fallen in the neighborhood. Or, arrange flowers with aging rosehips mixed with branches and flowers such as dahlia, asters or chrysanthemums. The fall flower colors available are mind-blowingly beautiful. You can never go wrong with burning taper candles or lots of votive candles as part of your tablescape. Candles are one area where you don’t want to scrimp in the quality of candles you purchase. You do get what you pay for. Inexpensive candles burn quickly and leave candle wax dripping down onto your tabletop.
- If you don’t have all the dinner, salad and dessert plates necessary for your menu ask to borrow from family or friends. Or, you can purchase additional accent plates that will add interest and meet your needs. And don’t be afraid to mix and match patterns.
- If you haven’t already done so, start inviting guests. Invite friends as well as family. According to Bon Appetit’s Thanksgiving issue … your family will behave better!