Setting the Thanksgiving Table: Family-Friendly & Formal

Growing up our Thanksgiving dinners were very focused on food and family and not on the decor…and I have the most fantastic memories of them.  But, I think you can easily incorporate family-friendly decor into the mix in simple ways that will elevate the entire occasion.  Just like the designer of the Room of the Week designed the room around the chandelier, I let it also be the inspiration for my fictitious table setting. black-and-blue-thanksgiving copySOURCES: Milk Glass Compote | Milk Glass Butter Dish | Azurite Candlesticks | Square Black Dinner Plate | White & Black Napkin | Chalkboard Napkin Ring | Modern Cornucopia | Grown-up Glass | Kid-Table Glass | Printable Tablecloth | Stoneware Bowl

There’s no need to go to great lengths and costs to set a lovely table.  I started with a grouping of vintage blue milk-glass  down the center of the table…perhaps you also have a pretty collection of something that would look lovely grouped together as a centerpiece? It would be especially nice if you had a collection that has been given to you from another family member…a great way to share memories with your own children. Colorful glasses from Ikea in the color palette both look pretty and are kid-friendly prices.  Get the kids to help set the table…they can write the names of the guests on those chalkboard napkin rings.  The inexpensive and printable Thanksgiving tablecloth will keep them engaged while the adults scramble to finish those last-minute dinner details.  And, while I don’t think you should spend a lot of money decorating the table (the meal is expensive enough), it is the perfect time of year to buy one special heirloom item, like this beautiful vegetable bowl from Heath Ceramics.

Do you have special dishes you use just for the Thanksgiving meal?

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