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Lee Hansen carves her first turkeyThe scene is set, your family has been invited, the children are getting excited and possibly annoying, but you still have not figured out a way of setting a wonderful Thanksgiving table.

Photo: Pastiche as a toddler preparing to help carve the Thanksgiving turkey.

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You want a table that is different from last year, it needs that wow factor. You have already prepared the Thanksgiving dinner menu.

Your turkey is in the oven and the corn bread dressing is almost ready to bake. However, you cannot put it off any longer, it is finally time to set the dinner table.

In order to help you in this important task here are some tips for setting a wonderful family Thanksgiving table.

Our first tip is to just keep it simple. Why stress yourself out during the holiday, okay so this is a silly statement you will always do that whatever year.

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But do not try to overload your dinner table with your best crystal ware, china, or fancy cloth napkins. If children are involved then this can only end in tears.

This is a happy time of year and you need to avoid upsetting yourself so why not: Buy heavy-duty disposable dinner plates; Plastic silverware;Cups and paper napkins.

You will find that supermarkets offer holiday disposables at very affordable prices.

This gives you two benefits, you will be able to purchase nice dinnerware quite inexpensively and you will save yourself a lot of washing up, which gives you more time to spend with your family instead of being tied to the kitchen.

Thanksgiving Centerpiece

Spice up your centerpieces in a fun and novel way, your children can really help here, if fact why not hold a competition for them to come up with one or more home made centerpieces?

Instead of the usual fancy floral centre pieces, get creative and use things like your dinner rolls to create a mountain. Or build a faux fountain, using cake stands and stacking your side dishes in an artful way in the center of your table.

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Thanksgiving Table Theme Ideas

Alternatively why not try going back in time and making up an old fashioned theme for your Thanksgiving celebrations?

You could try laying mismatched table cloths or table runners on your table together with using oil lanterns as your centerpiece. Try setting the table with a combination of different dinnerware articles.

Set small wooden buckets on the table to hold silverware and napkins. In fact use anything that doesn't match to create an old-time feeling for your Thanksgiving dinner.

If you are worried that your novel arrangement for your table will not work, then carry out a rehearsal the week before so you can judge the best placement of items. etc.

Buffet Style for Thanksgiving

Finally the real minimalist approach - don't set the table at all! - The easiest or laziest approach perhaps is to not put any dinnerware on the table at all. Try out a buffet style approach where you place all the dishes on your bar or serving cart, with the plates and silverware at the beginning. The idea is to let everyone serve themselves and sit where they choose. This is really good for creating an informal atmosphere with no pressure.

But the best piece of advice we can give is to remind you that this is a family get-together.

Take your time to relax and enjoy the food and the company of your family. Our approach of setting a wonderful Thanksgiving table by taking the simple route should ensure you have a fun time which is what it is all about.

About the author: Yvonne Sutton runs a free information site on the many cookware products online. Visit her site to download seven free mouth-watering recipes.

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