We’re back with another Thanksgiving Table video and this time, we give a nod to the kid in all of us . . . we also need to give a very special shout-out to a good friend who designed and created the cookies you see this year – we absolutely love them!
If you’re interested in using some of these ideas, here’s some of what you’ll need and sourcing:
- Tablecloth: I love it when something unexpected happens . . . like these cotton drapes from Ikea that have been turned into the tablecloth this year; we like the graphic element it adds to our theme . . . quilts, long pieces of inexpensive fabric, pretty sheets, white or brown butcher paper would also work. Obviously, you want to use things that are a ‘no biggie’ if a glass of wine or punch gets spilled
- Candles: I burn candles year-round and most come in glass containers; when the scented candle is gone, I wash and store the container so I have several to use in masses on large table settings like this one – I don’t use tapers or ‘open-flame’ candles when I have children at the table and keep the candles limited to votives that set down inside; this lessens the chance of someone getting burned reaching across the top of a taller candle. And always be sure to use unscented candles on your food table.
- Cookies: As I said in the opener, when I called Gail of OneToughCookie to ask about designing our cookies this year, she took the ball and ran with it . . . we are thrilled!! You could make your own cookies using any fall-like cutter and adding the names of your guests.
- Antique Tops and Toys: My brother-in-law has collected these for many years but look around your house and use ‘collections’ you might already have: legos, jacks, dominoes, pick-up sticks, miniature tea sets . . . anything that might fit the size, scale and theme of your own table.
- Edible Fruit: In keeping with our theme, we went with green and red seedless grapes and small Seckle pears; you might use persimmons, kumquats, crab apples, satsuma oranges. And if you don’t have cake stands, simply place them in bowls – they’ll be just as delicious!
We planned dinner so that food was passed and then set off on a side buffet, leaving the table open giving a sense of spaciousness without feeling crowded by overflowing dishes – we have really enjoyed this setup these last couple of years.
One last note: don’t forget the real reason we gather together during times of celebration . . . while having a pretty table is nice and can be fun, the day is really about the relationships . . . families . . . friends . . . because at the end of the day, people are what celebrations are about . . .
If you’ve missed last year’s table piece, you can view it here.