Thanksgiving Tables and Traditions
Every Holiday has it’s traditions, from Easter dinner to Christmas morning. Thanksgiving is no different, and the thought of expanding on those traditions can often be overlooked due to the overall stress of baking, cooking, or burning your fingers (sometimes all at once). This year should be different! The wonderful thing about Holiday traditions is that they bring people closer together, and oftentimes the thing that unites us on these occasions is overlooked. What is that thing, you ask? The table.
The table is a wonderful symbol of unity, and on Thanksgiving that symbol should be emphasized and celebrated. The way you choose to decorate a table can do just that; celebrate and emphasize that holiday spirit.
And it doesn’t have to be expensive! Here are three inexpensive ways you can decorate your table so that your thanksgiving traditions take center stage (as well as your Thanksgiving dinner).
Place holders are a great way to guarantee that everyone has a place at your table, and it doesn’t have to be anything fancy. Using the Autumn Accessory set, some twigs from the backyard, and some basic calligraphy, we were able to create stunning place holders. You might see some bargaining before dinner, but at least everyone has a seat!
Pretty Paper Plates
After a full day of cooking, no one wants to clean. But you can always recycle! That’s why we opt out of elegant glass plates and switch them out for paper plates. No one said they had to be your simple joe though. The thanksgiving Paper Plates from Hobby Lobby have beautiful designs that can add to your set up and guarantees that at the end of the day, you can relax too. You can play with layering plates or just keep it simple, just make sure you have people on cleaning duty afterward (maybe do some bribing that involves the first slice of pie…)
Basic Napkin Holder and Gratitude Cards
Thanksgiving isn’t all about the food! Sometimes we can get caught up in the busy work and forget what it’s all about; gratitude. We’ve provided 3 beautiful printables below that you can download and use for your own Thanksgiving table. We suggest that you print them out on Kraft Paper or warm paper to retain that cozy feel.
Among the printables, we’ve provided a basic napkin holder. When you print it out, simply cut it out, fold it, and slip it over your napkin and utensils and then call it a feast. Trust us, people will be asking where you bought them. Ah, the wonders of a printer.
Here we’ve provided you with 3 printables. Some gratitude cards that people can write on, napkin holders, and a variety of small sentiment cards you can place on their plate or in front of them. Feel free to print them out and start playing with them!
Bonus: The Kids Table
Don’t forget about the kids! If you are one to set up an exclusive, VIP table for all the little people in your life, try rolling out some Kraft Paper across their table and give them some crayons. This will keep them occupied and having fun all through the day. You can even try giving them a prompt and give a small prize for the best drawing to the winner; make it a big deal!
Share Your Traditions With Us!
What are your Thanksgiving Plans/traditions? Any signature food? We’d love to hear all about it in the comments below! Want a closer look at how Susan set up her table? Check out the video below!!