Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Room for Improvement: Thanksgiving Table
No doubt you cooks have your menu all set for your Thanksgiving feast, but have you given any thought to how you'll set your holiday table? In tonight's Room for Improvement. Martin Amado shows us some ideas that will make your Thanksgiving table shine.
MartinAmado: "How you set the table for your Thanksgiving dinner is just as important as what's on the menu. So on today's Room for Improvement, it's all about table setting 101. Creating that perfect ambiance that will be a feast for the eyes so let's get started."
MartinAmado: "Now i know it's much easier to use paper plates and cups, but for a truely elegant setting you have to use the real thing. It's about creating different layers on the table just like we do when decorate a room, so let's begin first with the table cloth.
MartinAmado:"When creating a fall table you want to use colors and textures that remind us of the season, which is why i love this brown tablecloth in combination with the bamboo runner on top."
MartinAmado: "If you don't have enough dinnerware for all of your guests, it's ok to mix and match the plates as long as they fall within the same color scheme that matches your theme."
MartinAmado: "Salad plates come in many unique designs, you have a turkey, a pumpkin or a fall leaf, so depending on what you choose you can really enhance the look of your table and take it from whimsical or more traditional."
MartinAmado: "If you're going to serve soup for your Thanksgiving dinner, then you have to have a pumpkin bowl come on look at this. How cute it is, and it looks great on the table."
MartinAmado: "Alright, our place settings are almost done so let's begin working on our centerpiece. I'm taking a framed mirror and using it as a base, then on top i'm placing a glass candle-holder."
MartinAmado: "And for filler i'm using different kinds of nuts that remind me of nature and the harvest season topped off with a scented candle."
MartinAmado: "Now i know we don't have real fall leaves here in South Florida, but you can find them readily available at a craft store and they look just as great on your table."
MartinAmado: "How simple was that? And remember you want to keep your centerpieces low cause you never want to block the view of guest sitting opposite you."
MartinAmado: "Forks to the left, knives and spoons to the right."
MartinAmado: "I'm layering two different napkin colors for added contrast, a chocolate brown and a gold and for a napkin ring. I'm using a grapevine wreath that i found for only 19 cents at a craft store."
MartinAmado: "And to finish it off, to avoid any confusion when your guests sit down at the beautiful table, we made individual place card holders out of walnuts that we simply cracked open using a chisel and a hammer- easy and inexpensive."
MartinAmado: "Now we have a beautiful presentation and all that's missing is the turkey and all the trimmings.
MartinAmado: I'm Marting Amado and from all of us here at 7 New, we wish you and your family a very happy Thanksgiving."FOR MORE INFORMATION: