It’s the perfect time to revisit the fine art of making a beautiful (and serviceable) Thanksgiving table. You may have how to set up the silverware nailed down, but there are other things to consider, starting with how many guests you’ll have. Once you’ve got that number, you can have some fun creating place cards, if you’re going the formal route. If not, you can begin to scale your table to the number, adding an extension, seating or a kids table if necessary. Place the serveware you’ll be using on the table in advance; this kind of “dinner rehearsal” will really let you see where you can bring in other decor, including your centerpiece flowers.
Find yourself a centerpiece that fits comfortably within the space you have left. You’ll want to ensure that it doesn’t interfere with the ability to serve from platters and pass plates. Select a piece that allows guests to make eye contact and to talk as well as one that contributes to the atmosphere you’ve created. Remember that a highly-scented design may not be preferable in a dining room where people are eating–but as we say here at Zeidler’s, there’s always a space for more flowers.