Use these cozy decorating ideas to create a fun and inviting table for friends and family this Thanksgiving.
Hi! I'm Jennifer Kopf, home editor at Southern Living. Make your Thanksgiving feast more memorable by creating a fresh look for your holiday table. Here's how one of the South's most talented event designers, sets the stage for the festive gathering. [MUSIC] Maria Cook, of Ritzy Bee Events in Washington DC, has done parties big and small. Her inviting holiday table starts with a soothing color pallete. And mixes humble cotton, linen, and twine for a surprisingly elegant look. [MUSIC] A graphic white dinner plate, looks just right paired with embellished heirloom silver. The menu card is actually fabric. [MUSIC] To make your own, cut pieces of thin linen and run them through an inkjet printer. Do this, a day or more ahead of your event, to allow the ink to dry properly. [MUSIC] Create a centerpiece, with a twist by using cotton balls instead of flowers. Add fig tree branches or other leafy greens from your yard, to give your arrangement a touch of green Cotton balls can be displayed outside of water for months, if they're not handled too much. [MUSIC] Embellished place cards, with the letter press design or stamp. Simply fold over the card stock and write each guest's name in an elegant hand. [MUSIC] Create a help-yourself bar, on a side table. Stack wooden crates to display glasswear and ingredients for specialty drinks. [MUSIC] Set a special place for the kids. Cover a small table with butcher paper. Draw a circle where each plate will go. Write a to do list next to each spot and provide crayons or colored pencils so pint sized diners can mark off items as they eat. [MUSIC] Provide cards for guests to write their own list of things they are grateful for. Share, start a conversation, and have fun. [MUSIC] Print out words on tabs, to remind guests of blessings in their lives. Fold the tabs around twine ,and weave the twine along the center of the table. [MUSIC] Simple boxes with letter-pressed cutlery on the lids allow guests to take home leftovers or sweet treats. Tie them with long strips of linen and finish with a cute tag that reads, I'm thankful for leftovers. Find more inspiration for your holiday table in Southern Living magazine and on southernliving.com.