By now, the menu for Thursday's Thanksgiving dinner is probably set, but the next agenda item for all the divas of domesticity out there is decorating the table.
Rebecca Kolls, lifestyle contributor for "Good Morning America," has some tips to make your feast look even more festive, whether you are operating on a shoestring budget or can afford some extravagant touches.
Grab $25 and head to a gourmet grocery store (Kolls visited Dean & Deluca in New York City) to get the goodies for an affordable table, which is an example of edible art. Kolls setting included a cabbage cornucopia as a centerpiece. It also shows off cornbread shaped like little baskets to hold a name card for each person (just 33 cents each), cloth napkins decoratively wrapped with green onions to hold the silverware, and chairs decorated with hanging root vegetables. Add a tablecloth runner for next to nothing by selecting some fabric from your local craft store. Fold it neatly and you'll add a touch of color and class to the table. The centerpiece can be a big bowl of squash and other vegetables too. The next day, take all of the food that you used as decoration and make a soup!
Comfortable Table: For a Thanksgiving table setting with a "comfortable" budget, Kolls headed to Crate and Barrel with $250. She bought chargers (which go underneath plates to keep food from splattering) and runners (which come in fabrics such as silk and velvet) to go on top of white tablecloth. For the runners, Kolls suggests picking festive colors like red and green that can be reused at Christmas time.
For the festive table, Kolls grabbed some festive garland from ABC Carpet & Home in New York City.
Also, take a look through the tables Kolls put together for last year's Thanksgiving.
Elegant, Red, White, Blue and Gold Table (for 6):
6 white buffet plates
6 see-through salad plates
white "Madeira" tablecloth
6 white "Madeira" napkins
6 place settings, gold/brass flatware
6 "Encore Gold" water goblets
6 "Encore Gold" wine goblets
12 plain white candlesticks
6 garnet/ruby bud vases
long-stemmed roses for each place setting
ribbon, red and blue
gold star Christmas ornaments
1. Use a very simple white tablecloth and napkins, and everyday white dishes rather than fine china. If you don't have white dishes, you can find them at very inexpensive prices at Target or Pier One, Kolls suggests.
2. Use inexpensive goblets and glasses. The ones on the show have a gold ring, but plain ones will look great, too.
3. Along the long sides of the table, dress up the tablecloth with a red ribbon dotted with gold stars. Along the ends of the table, use a cobalt blue ribbon.
4. Place very inexpensive bud vases, $1.50 each, with roses at each place. Kolls also used a candelabra she already had and hung it with gold stars, which are available in stores as Christmas ornaments.
5. On the bottom of the see-through salad plates, paint patriotic messages such as "God Bless America," or "United We Stand." Guests can take them home and either use them as a keepsake, or wash the paint off.
Blue Table (for 4):
Silver-star confetti adds a magical holiday touch.
4 silver leaf chargers (decorative plates that fit under dinner plate)
4 place settings flatware
4 very plain wine goblets
4 very plain water goblets
4 plain Cranberry red napkins