Can you believe that Thanksgiving is only a week away? If it's completely snuck up on you like it has for me, then you're probably planning on scrambling this weekend for last minute recipes and tabletop ideas. Luckily, a few weeks back we teamed up with ATG Stores to come up with three tricks for setting a cozy Thanksgiving table that you can apply to your own gathering! I know I'm going to be taking full advantage of these!
Tip 1: A Fall Foliage Centerpiece! Look, the real centerpiece at your table is going to be the turkey, right? So why spend tons of time on floral arranging only to have to move it for the main course? Instead, gather some turning branches and put them in a grand vase (like this one) for serious drama and a way to welcome guests. When you're ready, the centerpiece can be placed aside on a buffet, mantel or entryway. Bonus: I love the way the fall leaves look on the ground and used in the place settings!
Tip 2: Find the Perfect Combination. If there is one surefire way to make a table feel more cozy is adding touches of gold, the warmth of candlelight, and the texture of natural wood and linen. If you don't have these exact pieces, don't worry. All you need is to mix these materials together in your own way! Wood, gold, linen, and - of course - candlelight create the coziest combo. PS - Gold flatware might be one of the best investments ever. I use ours for all our formal settings!
Tip 3: Add a Personal Touch! When I was young, my job on major holidays was to set the table and make a place setting for every person there. Now that I've passed the torch to the younger generation on that one, I still love helping in the handmade department! I love the combination of natural and gold, so we whipped up these pretty pinecones to set at each plate, the perfect vessel for a place card!
To see how to make these pinecones, head over to the ATG blog where we've broken down the step-by-step process for you. It's not too time consuming, and adds a beautiful touch! Shop the whole look on their site as well. Those brown floral dishes are such a perfect Thanksgiving table staple!