Thanksgiving is coming up and we’ve all been thinking about what we will prepare to eat and maybe even what we plan to wear. You might already be cleaning out your closets and drawers in case your least favorite aunt, aunt noseypants, decides to go snooping. You are probably deciding on what type of music to play in the background and are putting away your scented candles. Believe me, your meal will smell far better than any scented candle would. I bet you already have a visual idea of what type and colors of flowers you’ll set out and who will be on your guest list to invite.
While we sit and plan our Thanksgiving day out in detail, a lot of people wait until the last minute to decide on how to set the table. Whether you are a seasoned cook or a beginner who is seeking to impress your new in-laws, you might not be aware of how to properly set the table for Thanksgiving. Some don’t even think about it and set it the same way they would when they are expecting every day company. For me that would involve a lot of paper plates. While I do use paper products during the weekend when all of the kids are here, I do not and never will use paper plates for any holiday. Holidays and paper plates should never be combined. Get out your best dinnerware and your effort will not go unnoticed. Even by aunt noseypants.
I use linens every day of the week on my table. I do not save the good tablecloths for special occasions. Every day that I live and breathe is a special occasion to me. I’ve faced death on more than one occasion but God isn’t through with me yet. The first thing I do when setting up my Thanksgiving table is to decide what tablecloth I will be using and I iron and starch it ahead of time. Along with using tablecloths, I use my vintage placemats, napkins and I even mix in some paper doilies when I want to add in a little extra place setting TLC. Again, iron and starch is your friend.
Setting the table is a big ordeal to me. When I’m surrounded by beauty and food combined, I tend to eat better and enjoy the meal before me. Adding decorations to the table is fine as long as you leave plenty of room for the food. You wouldn’t want anyone to become embarrassed by tipping over their beverage trying to reach your famous sweet potato souffle. A properly set table is the first step to an enjoyable Thanksgiving meal.
I hope my tips and the below guide will help you prepare the perfect Thanksgiving & table setting. It gives you an idea on how to set up a basic alignment as well as an informal and formal table. I hope you have fun making the turkey napkins with the directions included in the visual guide. Pay special attention the the etiquette tip. Bon Appétit my friend.