Thanksgiving Decorating and Origins of the Feast
As you prepare a big Thanksgiving meal to serve to guests gathering in your home, be sure to make your living space festive by Thanksgiving decorating for the big day as well. The decorations should highlight abundance and harvest through florals, foliage, pumpkins, wheat, fruits, and vegetables. The pumpkin pie and turkey can also be featured centerpieces on the table.
Group Décor Together
When you group items into a cluster, it can make a strong visual impact. Place a fall wreath on the door or wall. Decorate a shelf with wheat in a jar, fall foliage, and small metallic containers. On the kitchen table, put a bouquet of fall flowers, with small pumpkins on either side. You can even put out a few holiday items, such as wreaths, candlesticks, garlands, baskets, and wood.
Display Autumn Colors
Pick a color scheme to decorate the kitchen with that matches the surrounding décor. Use fall colors, such as orange, green and brown, for floral arrangements, wreaths, and signs. Place items in fall colors on the dining table too. Napkins, placemats, and dishes in earth tones will stand out nicely. The centerpiece can consist of a pumpkin display, surrounded by candles and fall leaves that reflect your color pattern. A table runner may also add a nice touch.
Thanksgiving is a time to show gratitude for a bountiful harvest. Reflect this by decorating with fresh items from the grocery store such as fresh produce, pinecones, gourds, pumpkins, and floral sprigs. When decorating for Thanksgiving, display seasonal items in timeless pieces like copper, metal, or ceramic containers that can be used any time of year.
Thanksgiving Decorating With Desserts
Thanksgiving celebrations traditionally feature pie for dessert, so why not include one in a centerpiece? Add a pie and other sweet and savory treats to the display along with fall flowers and a few pumpkins. Put it all together in a wicker basket for the ultimate look.
Classic Thanksgiving Foods
When people celebrate Thanksgiving, they typically gather around the dining room table, eat a traditional feast and drink some wine while catching up on each other’s lives.
Pumpkin pie is a favorite for many. Historians believe the first were made by American settlers at Plymouth. A hollowed out pumpkin was filled with milk, honey and spices and then baked in hot ashes.
Green Bean Casserole is another fan favorite. It consists of Cream of Mushroom soup, green beans and french fried onions baked in a dish. Dorcas Reilly came up with the recipe in 1955, while working in the home economics department at Campbell Soup Company.
Turkey is traditionally the star of the American feast on Thanksgiving Day. The birds are native to North America as just one can feed many hungry people.
Cranberries are one of the few commercially grown fruits native to America. Native Americans regularly ate cranberries and the fruit has come to represent the American harvest. Sweetened cranberry sauce didn’t become popular until the 19th century.
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