Someone once said we eat with our eyes. I’m sure it’s more to the saying than that but that’s all I can remember. What I do know is that it’s true. Food should be appealing, even if it’s just a snack. I also think that the table you sit at should be appealing as well. It’s not unusual to pull out all the good stuff at holiday time and make a big fuss over our tables. However, doing it everyday can present a challenge I will admit. One thing that often holds us back from setting a pretty table is the notion that we have to have “real” china and crystal. “Real” china and crystal can cost an arm and a leg, and while beautiful, it isn’t an absolute must have when setting a pretty table. Use what you have and don’t worry if the pieces don’t match. If you have kids, there’s a good chance that some dishes have been broken along the way. For that matter you’ve probably broken your fair share as well, so don’t get hung up on matching either. Sometimes mixing different shapes and even textures adds interest and character to a table.
If you want to just play around a bit with your tables, find the nearest thrift store and have at it. I’ve found some of my favorite pieces at Goodwill and Salvation Army stores. Another great idea for acquiring dishes and other seasonal decorative pieces is the end of the season clearance. Especially when shopping at some of the pricer places. Don’t rule out dollar stores, and value stores like Big Lots. Then there’s TJ Maxx. I’m well on my way to needing a 12 step program for that one. Take a look at the picture below. Everything in it, included the fabric cost $13.25, less than the cost of the large pumpkin. How’s that for a bargain. Those white ceramic pumpkins will resurface soon.
Along with the turkey that’s been baked to perfection, the stuffing that dreams are made of and the most perfect crust for your sweet potato pie; treat yourself and your family to a gorgeous table to sit around and give thanks. Check out this short video from Rebecca Cole at Howdini for some steps to putting together a stunning holiday table. I’m working on my Thanksgiving table now and can’t wait to share it with you.