Thanksgiving Decorating and Entertaining Tips
Looking for a little glitz to spruce up your holiday entertaining? With a few helpful tips from Replacements, Ltd., you will have a truly memorable Thanksgiving. Replacements, Ltd. makes finding unique tableware and collectibles items a breeze. For more information, please call us at 1-800-REPLACE ( 1-800-737-5223) 9:00 am – 10:00 pm ET, 7 days (our average answer speed is 10 seconds!).
Start your Thanksgiving gathering with a “drink buffet” by your front door, in your living room, or in your dining room. On a table, place a bucket of ice, a variety of your glassware stems, several wines and liquers, mixers, stirrers, and napkins. Your guests will be able to prepare their own drink while you finish up in the kitchen. Replacements, Ltd. carries more than 62,000 crystal patterns with more than 845,000 pieces to meet all of your crystal and stemware needs.
Mix and match your china patterns. Don’t let pieces from your grandmother’s china gather dust in the china cabinet. Pull these pieces out and place them on a table. Use large plates as chargers. If you have an abundance of smaller plates, then serve your meal in small courses and use a different set of salad plates for each course.
Serving bowls and platters can be used to serve up more than just delicious homestyle recipes. They can also be used to serve up fun. Take unused bowls and tureens and fill them with fruit, vegetables, or ornaments. This is a quick and easy way to create a centerpiece for your table. Replacements, Ltd. carries a variety of high quality and attractive ornaments, including the ever popular Hutchensreuther collection.
If your pattern comes with bud vases, set one by each place setting and place a flower in it. Mums are especially attractive during the Thanksgiving season. If you don’t have some around the house, then call your local florist or grocery store.
Another great way to accent your place settings is to take a shallow crystal stem, like a champagne sherbet, fill it with water and place a small bloom in it. The sparkle and magic that is created as candlelight dances off these accents are sublime.
Art glass is becoming increasingly popular. These freeform and colorful pieces of glass accent holiday tables beautifully. Replacements, Ltd. carries a variety of art glass pieces that will make a truly remarkable statement in your dining room or on your dining room table. You can start shopping for art glass by viewing peices made by Caithness.
Look outdoors for decorating inspiration. Use seasonal greenery, including holly, running cedar or magnolia leaves on the table to add color. For Thanksgiving, decorate with fresh fall leaves and walnuts. Again, if you are unable to find these items in your yard, call your local florist or grocery store.
If you want to make a meal truly memorable, consider giving each of your guests a keepsake. A great way to do this is to place a season-appropriate ornament and small card at each place setting.
Place cards were once considered a formality. They were often forgotten during the busy holiday season. Now they are considered fun. If you have children, give them decorative paper, color pencils, pens, hole punchers, ribbon, and a list of your guests. Have them create place cards for each guest. It makes them feel as though they are contributing to your special meal and keeps them busy while you finish up in the kitchen