Thanksgiving is the special day each year families and friends gather around the table, give thanks and eat to their heart’s content. While food is often the star of the meal (particularly that Bottle & Bone turkey), we all want to set a pretty table and make sure our guests have a good time, too. Here are some tips and tricks to make this special holiday meal beautiful, tasty and easy on the host.
A quick and easy centerpiece for the table can be a great way to spruce up your dining area. Start with autumn-inspired foliage of your choice from Hobby Lobby. Add different kinds of pumpkins and fall squash from Leaf & Petal. The trick to creating a beautiful centerpiece is making sure it looks good from all sides and using just a few different textures and colors. Use the rule of odd numbers when picking out your materials. This centerpiece uses three kinds of foliage and five pumpkins.
Don’t have room on your table for a centerpiece? Create a smaller decor piece for your buffet or countertop. Use a gold sharpie to decorate a pumpkin with a monogram, favorite Thanksgiving-themed words (ex. thankful, blessed), or allow your guests to write what they are thankful for.
Pumpkins have a long shelf-life but if you are worried that your pumpkins may not last, use a bleach solution (1 tablespoon of bleach per quart of water) in a spray bottle to clean them. Keep them in a cool, dry space and out of direct sunlight. When purchasing your pumpkins, check to make sure they are free of blemishes and soft spots.
For a designated kids’ table, use butcher paper (because we know the value of good butcher paper) as a table cover and leave a basket of crayons on the table. It will save time on clean up and keep the kids busy!
Always check to make sure you have enough silverware, plates, and glasses for all your guests. If you want to save time on clean-up after the meal, consider purchasing disposable dinnerware. There are some very elegant choices available now from “looks like real silver” flatware to these beautiful natural Leafware plates.
And if you’re worried about left-overs (and aren’t planning to consume all those goodies yourself), send your guests home with their very own plate to pare down on extras. Order microwave safe containers ahead of time to save your guests from having to return your storage containers.
From all of us at Bottle & Bone, Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!