The fourth Thursday in November is a time for families to come together to share a great meal and appreciate what we have and express our gratitude for each other.
Make your turkey and mashed potatoes even more appetizing with a fabulous table setting.
I started with a woven charger in a deep walnut color. You don’t need a table cloth when you use a cover-plate or place mat. Your dinner plate or charger should be placed about an inch from the edge of the table.
No need to invest in a dinner set made especially for Thanksgiving that you will use only once a year. Look for plates in earth tones that you can use for other parties. These dinner plates were only $1.99 each at Goodwill.
Although the salad plates are from a different set (99¢ each), they go together beautifully. When you are shopping “open stock”, look for colors and patterns that coordinate and contrast with each other. The white plate “pops” against the gold rimmed dish and dark charger.
Who said soup has to be eaten from a bowl? I loved these crocks and they were only $2.99. They give the table a rustic, homey feel. A hearty squash soup served in an earthenware bowl has to taste better.
The napkin rings become place cards when you use initial tags. I cut small pieces of leather cord to tie the tags to metal napkin rings.
Or simply write everyone’s name on a slip of paper and place on little condiment dishes. You could also give each guest a pen to write what they are thankful for this year and share your gratitude as you eat dinner.
No one says you have to place the fork to the left of the plate and knife and spoon on the right. I like lots of texture on my place settings. Setting the silverware on an angle adds another layer of interest.