Time to Dress the Turkey and Your Table

As discussed this week on the Pete and Brenda lifestyle talk radio show.  Last week we talked about dressing up your dining room for the holidays, and this week as we are getting closer to Thanksgiving, we discuss dressing up your table.

A couple weeks ago I talked about decorating for fall, including creating table center pieces.  This was one of my favorites…

Above:  Notice the leaves tied in with the napkins.  Fall is a great time to tie in elements from the outdoors, whether it’s scattering some leaves around your centerpiece, working in some branches, or bringing in some pumpkins and gourds into your centerpiece.  Fall is also a great time of year to work in burlap fabric…

Using burlap, leaves, sticks, and pumpkins

Layered placements to create more interest

Rolled cloth napkins tied with raffia grass

Look for places to tie in your decor elements. Great example of using food items in the center piece to the max.


Great example of using food items in the center piece to the max.

Add individual vases at each setting. Great style comes from repetition. Source: House Beautiful.

I found this table setting example while attending a trade show for the furniture industry.  Table cloths aren’t exactly a hot decorating trend lately, however you can update the look of table cloths by layering with smaller cloth pieces, table runners and/or placemats.  It’s fun to think out of the box…

Dress up your table

 Or consider scrunching your table covering…

Scrunch your table covering. Source: Decorating Den Interiors.

Large scale items add a more dramatic effect…

Large scale item in center piece. Source: Decorating Den Interiors

Group or clustering items creates more impact as well…

Cluster for more impact. Source: Pottery Barn.

Cluster like items. Source: House Beautiful.

Even if it's just candles and leaves! Source: Pier 1 Imports.

You can even cluster your table settings! Source: Pottery Barn

Beauty & simplicity of clustering candles with some greenery. Source: Crate and Barrel.

A new way to use table runners– 

Using two or more, orientate them horizontally across the table and use them as placemats at the same time, or re-orientate your placemats to get the same look…

Table-runners serving double duty. Source: Jeff Lewis, House Beautiful.

Re-orientate your table runners. Source: Sarah Richardson's house.

Creative ideas using cloth napkins…

Make your own napkin ties. Source: Style At Home.com

Repurpose costume jewelry and bits of salvaged ribbon. Source: Style at Home.com.

A new place for cloth napkins. Source: Pottery Barn

Work in some creative ties…

Add a pop of color with ties. Source: Style at Home.com

You can steal this idea and dress it up using fancier elements. Source: Style at Home.com

5 Responses to “Time to Dress the Turkey and Your Table”
  1. Anonymous says:

    I love the ides….great job

  2. Anonymous says:

    great ideas for any special occasion… loving it

  3. Glad you liked the Thanksgiving interior decorating tips!

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