It’s almost time for Thanksgiving! Getting together with family and friends is so special, enjoying good food and time with those we love.
If you’re like me, your tradition is to bring out the good china for your holiday guests. Those plates and glasses that we only use a few times a year, but we do it because that’s the way our parents did it or we feel they’re necessary to create atmosphere on these occasions. But who wants to spend extra time in the kitchen cleaning up? Or maybe you don’t have enough china for all the guests around your table. You can solve both of those issues by making a beautiful table setting using paper goods! It can be just as festive and inviting with a lot less work.
I started the place setting with a charger, a shiny gold one that coordinates with the rim of gold on the Thanksgiving themed paper plates, but it also adds elegance to the table. The paper dinner plate is placed on top of the charger, a matching but smaller plate which could be used for desert or salad sits above and to the left. I found these paper plates and matching napkins at Hobby Lobby.
Across from the smaller plates are two cups, both of these are also disposable for easy clean up. Having two different ones, one of mine is paper and the other is plastic, looks nice and gives your guests a place for wine or punch, and the other for water or another beverage of their choice. I’m using plastic silverware, I chose orange to coordinate with the colors of my table, and placing these on top of the matching paper napkins give them a little extra flair. For a final interesting and unique touch, place a muffin liner to the side of each plate and fill these with nuts or mints before your guests arrive.
The base of my table setting is a cloth tablecloth, it’s a very basic plain colored cloth, but I gave it a little extra pizazz by sprinkling confetti around. I used confetti with shiny acorns, leaves and pumpkins, all in fall-themed colors and the gold colors coordinate wonderfully with the gold chargers, gold cups and gold rimmed plates.
The centerpiece is an important addition to your table to bring it all together. I started creating my centerpiece with a square napkin that has fall leaves decorating the edges. On top of this is a cornucopia of live flowers also in the rich gold, orange, red and green colors of fall. As a florist I think fresh flowers are a must on your table! Make sure your arrangement is low so your guests can easily converse with one another without having to lean around your centerpiece. I also added a rustic wood sign of the word “Blessed” to really help tie it all together and reiterate the spirit of the Thanksgiving holiday.
I hope this gives you some great ideas for putting together your table! You too can make something beautiful with paper goods and reduce the time needed to clean up after the meal. We’d love to have you share photos of your table on our Facebook page and from all of us at Ootsie’s, have a very blessed and happy Thanksgiving celebration.
Hello!! I am a simple person with a passion for flowers and home décor. I am crazy about my God, family and business. I am not fancy with my words or in person. I say it like it is and love to share my passion. I love to talk about the things I am passionate about. My husband of 36+ years is my ROCK!!! His passions are tractors, old engines and lathes. He goes to the tractor shows which gives me a chance to go antiquing and visiting green houses, so it works out very nicely. I LOVE to learn all I can about flowers and gardening. Now you wouldn't think that were the case if you came to my house because I don't have a large garden, but that is my plan when I retire at 60 (7 years away, happy dance, happy dance). My plan is to play in the dirt when we are not traveling. So, little by little I am working to make my back yard my "Ootsie Oasis" for when I retire. I hope you enjoy playing with flowers and playing in the dirt with me, because that's what I love to do. I may not know all there is to know about flowers and dirt, but I love researching and figuring it all out. Hey it's dirt, what could possibly go wrong? RIGHT? As I always say. "BLOOM WHERE YOU ARE PLANTED BECAUSE I BELIEVE IN YOU!!"