Thanksgiving, a time to express gratitude and create cherished memories with loved ones, deserves a table setting that reflects the warmth and beauty of the occasion. When Thanksgiving comes to mind, we envision a palette of cozy, warm hues, including shades of orange, green, and terracotta. It's a time when we savor delicious dishes like roasted turkey, creamy mashed potatoes and the classic pumpkin pie. And, of course, the celebration wouldn't be complete without a fine glass of wine to accompany the feast.
Elevate your Thanksgiving celebration with the timeless elegance of linen tablecloths, runners, and napkins. Let’s guide you through creating a memorable Thanksgiving table setting that combines rustic charm with sophistication.
Where to begin when it comes to decorating your table for Thanksgiving? Start by selecting the perfect tablecloth color to complement your dinner plates. If you're like most people and have classic white plates, we recommend choosing the typical Thanksgiving color: Terracotta. This warm and earthy hue is ideal for embracing the autumn season. Lay your tablecloth over the table with approximately 25cm overhang on all sides. If you notice any wrinkles you'd like to smooth out, a light mist of hot water can do the trick – no need to spend time ironing the entire tablecloth. This leaves you with more time for the fun part: decorating!
Next, position the dinner plates at the center of each seating arrangement, and place the linen napkins. You can opt for napkins in the same Terracotta color as the tablecloth or choose another autumn-inspired shade like Mustard or Olive. For a creative touch, check out our instructions on how to fold napkins into charming pumpkin shapes!
Following this, set your cutlery on the table. Arrange forks to the left of the plate, knives on the right (with the blade facing the plate), and spoons also on the right. Dessert utensils can be placed horizontally above the dinner plate. Glasses should be positioned to the upper right of the plates, with wine glasses and water goblets in the order they'll be used, from outermost to innermost. If you're serving champagne, tuck the champagne flute between the water goblet and wine glass.
To add further character to your table, consider additional elements such as name cards, candles, flowers (keeping them under 30 cm in height), pine cones, or slices of dried oranges.
Remember that your Thanksgiving table setting should reflect your personal style and the ambiance you want to create. Whether you prefer a traditional, rustic, or contemporary look, the key is to ensure your guests feel warmly welcomed and appreciated as you come together to celebrate Thanksgiving.
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