Entertaining Ideas and Thanksgiving Table Decorations

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Wow, the year has flown by and in just a few days Thanksgiving will be here.  We keep hearing about the economy not being as strong as it used to be, so what I thought I would do is suggest some entertaining ideas and Thanksgiving table decorations that are low-cost and that you can add to your holiday party ideas portfolio.      

Let’s start with a centerpiece of colorful Thanksgiving flowers that you can pick up at the market.  Use a color scheme of orange, yellow, red, rust, white and green tones and pick up sunflowers, dahlias, Gerber daisies and hydrangeas that are readily available at the market or flower shop.  One of the entertaining ideas I suggest in Budget Bash – Simply Fabulous Events on a Budget is to take these Thanksgiving flowers and  arrange them in items you already own like glass vases or water pitchers.  Other holiday party ideas for Thanksgiving include taking natural elements such as a pumpkin, hallowing out the center and then using the pumpkin as a vase for your Thanksgiving table decorations

An interesting twist on Thanksgiving table decorations is to take a sunflower or Gerber daisy, cut the majority of the stem off leaving a couple of inches and then use rocks or glass stones to anchor the stem down at the bottom of a low glass vase and fill it with water.  Add a floating candle if you wish and there you have a stylish, low-cost arrangement using a selection of Thanksgiving flowers.   What I also like about this arrangement is that you can recycle the elements for other occasions as well.  Check out some other easy-to-do table decorations including step-by-step instructions on elegant napkin folds (page 65-page 69) in Budget Bash.

Another one of the entertaining ideas I discuss in Budget Bashis to use candles.  The more the merrier and they really set a nice mood to any event.  Instead of using glass votives, why not as part of your Thanksgiving table decorations use mini-pumpkins or green acorn squash, hallow out the center and then place a votive candle inside. Now you have a creative twist and a conversation starter on your dinner table or buffet. 

Holiday party ideasfor Thanksgiving include complimenting these vegetable votives with magnolia leaf table place cards.  Simply pick up from a florist a bunch of magnolia leaves and use a gold metallic pen to write your guest’s name on the leaf.  You can also use maple leaves as well for these place cards.  In fact, why not use a combination of maple leaves, silk and real Thanksgiving flowers as part of your Thanksgiving table decorations.  You can also save money on Thanksgiving flowers by just clustering or grouping different flowers on the table for the evening or purchasing some rose petals and placing them on the table for extra color as well.

One of my favorite entertaining ideas for Thanksgiving is a dairy-free pumpkin pie.  Just substitute cornstarch for the eggs and soy milk for the evaporated milk.  You can find the recipe for this dairy-free dessert as well as other desserts including recipes for vegan and gluten-free menu items in Budget Bash

I hope you found these entertaining ideas for Thanksgiving table decorations helpful.  Until next time, remember the Budget Bash mantra; make it simple, delicious, stylish, fun & economical to all! And for more party ideas for all occasions including weddings and dinner parties go to www.budgetbashbook.com

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