Martha Stewart shows you how to set a stylish table this Thanksgiving
November 11, 2009 Dave Ullmann
Ho-hum turkey decorations bringing you down? Shake things up this year by setting an ultra-chic table.
Martha Stewart has plenty of suggestions for your Thanksgiving meal, no matter what your decoration style is.
Place cards are a great way to add a special touch to your table. They'll also lend a formal feel to the meal.
Stewart suggests using small, seasonal fruits like petite green pears, crab apples, or tiny pumpkins.
Cut small oval or triangular pieces out of stationary paper and write the name of each guest on a piece. Use a hole puncher on the corner of the name tag. Thoroughly wash the produce and tie the place cards to the fruit with twine or a delicate ribbon.
Place each piece of fruit in the center of the appropriate plate. Guests will be charmed from the moment they sit down.
Centerpieces are another easy way to create a unique table. Don't feel bound to traditional party decorations like cornucopias or a harvest-themed wreath. Instead, place a combination of pillar candles in multiple sizes and warm colors, like red orange and gold. Just don't use scented candles - the smell could interfere with the taste of the food.
Stewart also suggests layering printed table linens to create visual interest. You can make your own with sponge paint and a neutral colored tablecloth.