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Open House: How Do You Dress Your Thanksgiving Table?

When it comes to the Thanksgiving table, how you dress it is often as important to the hostess as what food sits upon it. Over the years, I've seen family members fuss over table settings, switching out placemats, rethinking china sets, and shifting floral arrangements.

I admit that I'm known to fuss over my Thanksgiving table as well. The first year that my hubby and I hosted Thanksgiving dinner for friends and family, I stayed up late into the night sewing a dozen napkins, pressing tablecloths, and arranging flowers. In the end though, it was all worth it. Not only did the food turn out wonderfully, but the table looked spectacular as well. Plus, as far as I'm concerned, deciding on color schemes and flower arrangements is all part of the fun.

So tell me, how do you dress your Thanksgiving table? Do you keep things casual? Is your feast a buffet-style affair? Or do you get formal with placecards and calligraphied names? Tell me all about it in the comments!

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LittleLeo LittleLeo 7 years
I love setting the table for Thanksgiving. I love to be slightly elegant, but the children bring alot of fun to the process. An idea I got from the kids schools was to take oaktag, paste family photos or lovely fall pictures from magazines and write little sayings about what we are thankful for, have them laminated and use them as place mats. I also set the table with gold chargers and simple cream dinner plates, and make everyones placesetting something special. One year my daughter and I collected Maple leaves, painted them gold and wrote everyones name on them in glitter. Another year we bought all these lovely little bird ornaments for everyone, and they got to take it home for their Christmas Tree!
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