Some pretty good ideas from Home & Garden Television

November 15, 2008|By Home and Garden Television

Family-activities expert Dana Christine shares ideas for creating a festive holiday atmosphere on the Thanksgiving buffet table and in other areas of the home.

o It doesn't have to cost much to add whimsy and style to the Thanksgiving table. Buy a large sheet of inexpensive fabric in an earth-tone color to cover the table. Don't waste money on fine linens. Add height and drama to the buffet by placing shoeboxes, coffee cans and other items under the fabric, then place the dishes on top of the raised areas.

o If family members are bringing signature dishes, note that by making a small menu board for the table. List menu items such as Grandma's Famous Dressing or Uncle Sam's Yam Surprise and display the menu in a small picture frame.

o Instead of fruit, create a cornucopia with rolled silverware. Use paper napkins with a Thanksgiving print to roll the silver.


o Get creative with serving dishes. Use items with a fall theme, such as a wicker apple basket, to hold the bowl of mashed potatoes or a clean, new terra-cotta pot to hold fresh fruits and rolls.

o Put nature on display in the table setting. Put a sprig of wheat on each place setting. Carve open a bell pepper, fill it with florist foam and add flowers to make a small vase. Use pine cones to hold the place-name cards.

o Don't stop with the table. Decorate a chandelier with vines and leaves for a fall theme.

o Make the children's table special, too. Top the table with butcher paper and put out plenty of crayons. Children can trace their hands to draw turkeys, write down things they're thankful for or just draw pictures of flowers and write their names.

- From "TIPical Mary Ellen" on HGTV

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