This post is done in partnership with The White Company. All opinions, however, are my own.
Decorating your Thanksgiving table may not seem high on your list of priorities when you’ve got turkey, juggling a million side dishes in the oven, and an extra bed for Aunt Ethel to worry about, but I always like to make mine a little extra special. Let’s face it, there aren’t really many opportunities to decorate for Thanksgiving, so I like to make the holiday a little more festive any way I can. With a few timeless pieces and some grocery store finds, you can transform your table into a Thanksgiving wonderland. Is that a thing? No? Well, I’m making it a thing.
Finding pieces that can be used to decorate everyday, on special occasions and for holidays is key because then you’re getting more bang for your buck. Enter The White Company – a UK-based lifestyle brand with over 23 years of expertise in British-designed, artisan-made, and hand-finished pieces (and luckily for me they’ve just opened a store nearby at the Mall in Short Hills!). I started with a few pieces from their holiday collection, which could easily be used any other time of the year, and filled in with some pieces I already had and some simple finds from my grocery store.
I used their cedar leaf Christmas garland for the base of my table centerpiece, weaving in some eucalyptus and other fillers I found in the floral department. Then I added some seasonal fruits like pomegranates, mandarins, and pears, finishing it off with a few pumpkins. It is Thanksgiving, after all!
The etched mercury tealight holders and frill top mercury tealight holders add a beautiful glow to table, especially when the sun begins to set, and if you ask me, you can never have too many candles.
Years ago, when I hosted my first Thanksgiving, I had the idea of hanging pinecones from the light fixture above the dining room table, and I’ve done it each time I’ve hosted a party since then. One year it was colorful leaves, another year it was fresh cedar. I’ve hung little skeletons, streamers, and balloons. I like to do this to add some visual interest and coziness to the table, and it’s nice to keep the decor ON the table relatively low so it doesn’t interfere with conversing with my guests. But hey, if you’re sick of hearing about Aunt Ethel’s cat’s health problems, then maybe a little height on your table isn’t such a bad thing (just sayin’). You do you! But I chose to keep my table decor low and once again hang something from above. These flecked glass baubles catch the light from the candles beautifully, are a little unexpected, and add some fun to the overall table design.
Napkins are a weakness of mine, and these striped napkins are no exception. They’re simple and thick, making them the napkins of my dreams. Add a little sprig of eucalyptus or maybe even a name card and you’ve just fancied up your table in the easiest way possible.
Who said twinkle lights can only be used at Christmas time? For me, lights = Party!Celebration!Festive!Cozy!, so why the heck not use them to decorate for Thanksgiving? Pinecone fairy lights strung up on the wall add a cozy glow to the room, and they would even look beautiful used on your table.
So, the takeaway? Holiday design doesn’t have to be intimidating or time consuming! If you think outside the box, invest in a few quality pieces that can be used year after year, throw in a few pieces you already own, add some inexpensive accents like seasonal fruits (which you can then eat!), then you just might find your guests lingering around the table long after the pumpkin pie has been finished off.