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Setting the Stage for a Thanksgiving Feast

Setting the Stage for a Thanksgiving Feast

Pennsylvania-based blogger Beth Hunter of Home Stories A to Z used a cable knit throw instead of a tablecloth for her cozy Thanksgiving tableau.

There’s only one hard and fast rule for setting a Thanksgiving table: Have fun with it! Risa Mehl, owner of Lagoon Linens in Cedarhurst, New York says, “It’s essential that guests feel as comfortable as possible. You don’t want them to be upset if they spill gravy.”

Mehl advises clients to steer clear of formal white tablecloths on Thanksgiving. Opt for color instead. As for size, Matouk’s showroom manager Melanie Angeles-Dizon says, “The standard is a 12-inch drop on all sides.” And don’t forget the tablecloth pad. Not only does it protect a wood table from hot dishes and spills, it helps cuts down noise. Angeles-Dizon says, “I automatically show customers our silencer pads. Many do not know that there is such a thing!”

Napkins can be placed on top of the plate with a napkin ring or folded, and they don’t necessarily need to match the tablecloth. Check out one of our most popular posts,

How to Fold a Napkin With Designer Gary McBournie” for additional tips.

Feel free to mix and match dishware too, but don’t go crazy. “You’ll need one constant to keep the tablescape pulled together,” Mehl says. For instance, use the same dinner plate all around, but give everyone a unique appetizer plate. If you use the same setting at each place, do something fun with the salt and pepper shakers and centerpiece. “Thanksgiving is a homey holiday,” Mehl says, “I like to set a quirky table on Thanksgiving.”

We couldn’t agree more. Surrounded by family and friends, Thanksgiving is the perfect time to play with the table linens and other elements you have at home. We had a blast putting together three Thanksgiving tablescapes for you.

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First we tried Matouk Casual Couture Scallop placemats and Satin Stitch napkins with a pair of birds.

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Then we used vintage Matouk Bel Tempo placemats, napkins with a monogram, and whimsical salt and pepper shakers.

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For the third tablescape we got creative with palm leaf placemats mixed with crystal candlesticks and a bowl of clementines.

For more table setting tips browse some of our past posts, including “Rustic Thanksgiving Tablescapes,” “Setting the Table for Valentine’s Day,” and “Spring Bridal Showers.” And for inspiration, there’s our “Setting the Table,” and “Tablecloth Time” Pinterest boards. Finally, when it’s time to clean up, refer to our “Caring for Table Linens” post.