Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Decorating for Thanksgiving That Goes Beyond the Traditional Turkey

Your front porch, whether it is big or small, is the perfect place to make a statement. After all, you want your guests first impressions to be ones for the books. This doesn’t have to be complicated or stressful one bit. Start off by swapping out your Halloween wreath with one that is a little less “creepy crawly” and a little more “pumpkin and spice”. Leave your pumpkins; even add more, the more pumpkins the better. For added interest vary them in size and color. Pick up seasonal potted plant or two and place them on either side of your front door. Depending on the amount of space provided you could add a few hay bales.

Mantles are a great little area to dress up since they are already a focal point. Add seasonal plants to pops for color and movement. Distressed baskets are wonderful for extra storage and added texture. Adding more tailored touches, such as glass, ceramic, or metal pieces, will not only add interest but will also be more pleasing to look at than a bunch of old sticks and twigs. Top it all off with a banner or garland and your mantle is complete.

Of course, I had to throw in a “little thing that counts”. This is just the most adorable idea. With left over craft paper cut out a small piece for each spot and write at the top “I am thankful for:”. Have your guest at some point during the meal jot down a few things they are appreciative for and share with the table. It’s a sweet and simple idea that everyone will remember.

You’re either one extreme or the other when it comes to table settings. They are either your worst nightmare or your favorite part about the holidays. Well, I’m here to tell you to fret no more, there are super simple and minimalistic approaches to jazz up your tabletops. For a more modern scheme, pick up a roll of craft paper, run it down the center of your table and write little sayings and quotes all over. Keep the colors to a minimum; use neutrals like whites, browns, and taupes. For a more traditional look but still on the minimalist side, skip the tablecloth. Instead run a piece of burlap or a light, neutral fabric down the center of the table. Keep the place settings simple with light dishes and to allow the center pieces to stand out. Use festive flowers and plants to line the center, scatter a few candles throughout, and let the festivities begin!

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