“Small cheer and great welcome makes a merry feast.” William Shakespeare
The first Thanksgiving took place at the site of today’s Berkeley Plantation on the banks of the James River. Over 30 British settlers celebrated “a day of thanksgiving to Almighty God,” reading from the Book of Common Prayer. There was no grand meal, but there was an abundance of gratitude.
In modern times, we celebrate Thanksgiving with a fall dinner, and an unsuspecting turkey is the guest-of-honor. The meal is the highlight of a successful and bountiful autumn harvest with the gathering of family and friends. The setting for such a special event is your table. Get ready, because in addition to gratitude, we want to help you add style and flair. All the planning is done, so just keep reading for how you can make your table as festive as the photograph above. Start making the guest list.
Get the Look:
- Glasses are clear water goblets. There are simple and don’t compete with the china.
- Small decorative pumpkins from the Farmer’s Market are the perfect centerpiece.
- Fall Harvest Plates from Williams and Sonoma. If you are having eight for dinner, then just buy four plates and mix in white china to save money. You can start using this china right after Labor Day through Thanksgiving.
- Choose a neutral table cloth that can be used for other holidays. Buy things that have many purposes to maximize your investment.
- The napkin rings are a summer find but the roping keeps the place setting from being too formal.
- Purchase small white bowls for multiple uses. They keep food from running together, especially during big holiday dinners.
Thanksgiving is a beautiful celebration of the things that unite us. At the Feltner Group, we are so grateful for you, our readers and clients, and the joy of sharing our love of home.
The Feltner Group is a full-service real estate team that specializes in providing a concierge-level of service for all clients. Your home is the set where life’s big and small moments are staged. We can help find a house worthy of your memories.
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