Thanksgiving Displays

Company coming?  Welcome them with warming displays to celebrate the season.

THANKSGIVING BUFFET DISPLAY:  Decorate the buffet as if it were the fireplace mantle, the center of hearth and home.  Twinkle lights, threaded among an autumn leaf garland, add warmth like a wood fire.  The garland also hides cording and creates a base and unifying element.  Use different heights.  The autumn pedestal arrangement is the focal point, but it is balanced by candle sticks at different heights.  One candle is elevated on a depression glass cake stand.  The look is finished with a lavish rust & gold wired ribbon bow.

Thanksgiving Buffet Arrangement


Buffet Display in Lamp Light

 TABLE TOP HEDGEROW:   The appropriate place to perch a colorful ceramic turkey is nestled in a vine hedgerow.  Natural botanicals promote the idea of a tuft of meadow where a turkey might hide.  Our bird is sitting in a small grapevine wreath.  Another small wreath anchors the ripe yellow pears perched on top of another depression glass cake stand.  Roaming vines thread themselves in and among the elements, punctuated by more pears and silk leaves & berries.  Fresh red rose hips are the crowning touch, contrasting well with the yellow pears and “growing” out of the vines surrounding the turkey.  This arrangement is also low enough that conversation is not inhibited at the dinner table.  Add tea lights at the corners of the display and light during dinner.  The fresh pears, vines and rose hips were harvested from our own country garden.

Turkey In the Table Hedgerow


About Sharon L. Clemens

Sharon and husband Merle and their children owned and operated a specialty shop and restaurant in a restored dairy barn for thirteen years in a village in Illinois. After closing their restaurant, they converted the barn into the family home and moved their shop to the garden level. They operated a collectable shop as a home-based business for another thirteen years before retiring to the country life. Sharon has been a special feature guest on the local NBC telelvision affiliate and has spoken professionally on topics relating to herb gardening and cottage lifestyle. In addition to conducting workshops and programs, Sharon writes a weekly cottage lifestyle e-newsletter called “Cottage Chat” and a Word Press blog: Seasons of Farm Grove. She has written five novels, The Younger Girl, Door County Cottage, Timeless-A Door County Love Story, Door County Cabin and Door County Escape, love stories with traditional values set in Door County, Wisconsin.
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