I try to “schedule” a Thanksgiving dinner and call everyone way in advance. In fact I schedule fun time with my family and friends before anything else including doctors’ appointments.
To me this makes sense because if I don’t do it, life will just take over and someone I love will not be able to make it. To me it is important to get unplugged, get off Facebook. We all need REAL time with people more than ever before.
A time to engage all the senses
A time to see and smell the food
A time to dream up a table setting and get inspired
A rime to connect to others and ourselves.
This holiday season I decided to do exactly that-fill my Thanksgiving with meaning and family memories. If you want to know more watch my video Inspired Thanksgiving Table setting for my family here.
Talking about decorating a Thanksgiving table think about what you want your guests to FEEL.
Do you want them to feel buttoned up or relaxed?
Formal: Crystal and white china will make your party more formal and it will take longer to “break the ice” but people will feel very special. Lighting is important in terms of mood lighting, such as dimmers and candles. If you have a formal table setting, try to use dimmers and more candles – just to avoid bright light.
Casual: Serve different colors porcelain, create a mix and match if you want, be creative. The more color you have with your dishes and glassware, the less color you will need with accents, flowers, lighting and candles. It’s a fact that people will eat more if you serve on orange, yellow or reddish plates. You will have to serve more food but worry less about “breaking the ice”. You might notice that the party is more lively and your guests are more engaged.
Whatever decorating ideas for Thanksgiving table you have, think about something that unites everyone at the table. It could be a funny family story or something that just happened and nobody knows yet. Announce it! Once your guests are involved, relax. You just made it!
Enjoy your holidays!
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