For many, along with having the Thanksgiving meal ready there is the added stress of setting a pretty table. I personally like my table simple and on a small budget. It’s fine in the summer when the flowers are abundant in the garden but in November? No worry, you can still bring the outside in and here are a few ideas.
Go take a walk in the backyard or in the woods and cut small branches of evergreen: boxwood, pine, cedar. They will make a great base or filler for you centerpieces.
Mix those greens with spray roses bought at the supermarket. Those inexpensive flowers are one of my favorite: they come in a variety of colors and with their small cluster of roses you feel you get a lot for your money. Cut them down and arrange them in small glass, ceramic or silver containers.
This time of year, grocery stores offer a variety of beautiful fruits . Arranging them on pedestals, bowls or plates and garnished with greens will dress up the table, and provide the added bonus of being able to eat them the next day. You can play with pomegranates, quince, kumquats, baby pears, apples or pumpkins.
Don’t limit yourself to flowers – arrange a variety of herbs in small glasses or jelly jars.
While waiting for your guest, transform your cocktail setup into a centerpiece: champagne glasses and bottle on a pretty tray.
For a festive touch, fill small shallow bowls with cranberries, kumquats or chestnuts; add a small votive candle.
Let your imagination run! The combinations are endless!
NOTE: Don’t throw that turkey carcass away! My next post will be about making turkey stock.
From my kitchen to yours! Happy Thanksgiving!