RMM - Nov-20 - Jennifer Reiner

Tip #9: Plan how to set the table. This is a fun job you can give to your kids to keep them occupied. If you plan to host Thanksgiving every year, you can invest in some Thanksgiving-themed place settings and decor. Find a nice tablecloth, preferably in fall colors, and add fun touches like miniature pumpkins or gourds. If you’re really ambitious, you can also find Thanksgiving-themed dinnerware. Special touches like these go a long way. Make sure you have gravy boats, ladles, serving dishes and other items you might not typically use on a standard dinner night. If you don’t have these items and don’t want to spend a lot of money, you can ask family members to borrow them.

Use seasonal throw pillows. This is another simple way to change up your room’s color scheme and make your home more festive. Pillows in a variety of fall colors can be found at retail stores for a low price. A good buyer tip is to purchase Thanksgiving decor after the holiday for the following year when it’s on clearance. Get or make holiday napkin rings. Here’s a fun tip. You can use shower curtain rings as napkin holders. Wrap some festive ribbon around them and secure the end with a hot glue gun. You can also wrap twine around the rings for a more rustic autumn look. If you aren’t into arts and crafts, you can find inexpensive holiday napkin rings in most retail stores.

Make your own table centerpiece.

This is a great chance to show how much thought you put into hosting. If you have a garden, pick some visually pleasing vegetables and arrange them on your table in a cornucopia. You can also look for brightly colored leaves, branches coated in lichen, and unbroken pinecones. You don’t need to spend days and a lot of money to put any of these ideas together. A little effort goes a long way, and your guests will be impressed with your innovation.

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