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Decor for Your Thanksgiving Table

POSTED November 15, 2016

Décor on your table might be replaced by the food once all the guests are seated for Thanksgiving dinner, but that first impression is EVERYTHING!  If you’re looking for some fresh ideas for table décor, centerpieces and place settings, we’re here to help! Plus, we assembled a few tips to help you side-step holiday stress and find something to do besides watch the annual pigskin follies!

Goodhousekeeping.com has a variety of pumpkin candlesticks (yes, the pumpkins ARE the candlesticks), bay leaf votives and white mini-pumpkins alternately adorned with berries and faux ivy garland.

30 Décor Ideas and More

 From traditional to modern, formal to fuss-free, HGTV.com has 30 ideas that combine rustic items like wooden bread bowls and beeswax candles with lots of porcelain, hydrangeas and berries. Cake plates, especially the pedestal variety, seem to be a recurring feature in table décor this year. (Think about investing in one of these to repurpose for every holiday!)

decorThese Pinterest pics illustrate the unusual, the unexpected and the unpredictable in table décor! You’ll find video-linked tutorials and step-by-step instructions, just don’t miss the pinecones and LED mini-string lights and Indian corn-wrapped candles. Admittedly, you’d have to have just the right setting, but it IS unusual.

Housebeautiful.com offers 14 ways to set your table with a photo gallery of ideas to imitate and inspire your Thanksgiving dinner décor.

Trouble-Free Dinners!

CookingLight.com and Ina Garten (the Barefoot Contessa) have tips for a trouble-free holiday meal, including quick fixes for cooking crises and things like avoiding never-tested recipes and sticking with uncomplicated room-temperature appetizers.

Ina Garten says for a quick, colorful centerpiece, put some clementine tangerines in a glass bowl. Or stack them pyramid-style on a cake plate (there it is again!) with intermittent bay leaves and star anise.

If you’re not having a potluck dinner, RealSimple.com has a 1-2-3 plan for what caterers call a prep list. This handy task setter lays out everything that needs to be done – in order — in the two days prior to Thanksgiving.

Before and After the Meal

You can watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade at 9:00 a.m. on NBC, or you can pull on your running gear and pull out $30 and head to Washington Park for the 43rd Annual Mile High United Way Turkey Trot.  The registration starts at 8:00 a.m. and the race begins at 10:00 a.m.

If you’re into football, you’re in luck! You can watch one or all three NFL games scheduled for morning, afternoon and evening.

decorBut if watching football’s not your thing, fun party games can make the difference between a blah, boring recliner kind of day, and a rousing, unforgettable gathering! Here are a few of the most popular mobile games for group play.

Thankful in Crystal Valley

We are thankful for our community and all the residents who have chosen to live in Crystal Valley, an exciting master-planned community in Castle Rock where you can live close to nature. If you’re looking for a place to call home, visit our sales offices to see one of Richmond American Homes’ designs in both ranch and two story models. Our new homes for sale are priced from the $300s.

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