How to Bring the Natural Beauty of Fall to Your Thanksgiving Table
Between the pumpkin spice lattes, the vibrant falling leaves, and all of the extra reasons to gather with friends and family, fall is filled with beauty. Every breath of fresh air, fall festival, cozy scarf, and laugh shared with friends reminds us why we love fall! And is there anything better than bringing the beauty of nature and the spirit of everyone’s favorite season indoors? Whether you are looking to set the perfect Thanksgiving table or you simply want it to feel like autumn inside of your home as much as it does outside, there are some simple ways to make all of your fall decorating dreams come true.
Bringing the Beauty Indoors
Fall is notorious for its natural beauty: the warm vibrant colors and exposed wood as the leaves have fallen. By using natural materials such as wood and felt, you can bring all of those fall vibes into your home.
Imagine the blank slate of your dining room table, ready for turkey and dressing and those sweet potatoes with the melted marshmallows. You know the ones. Once you have carefully spread out your favorite holiday table runner, you can start bringing the seasonal beauty indoors. First, think centerpiece!
The beauty of fair trade is that pieces like this hand-painted candle from South Africa and these acacia wood heart bowls from the Philippines add remarkable natural beauty to your decor while also giving you a beautiful stories from around the globe to share with your guests. The fall motif of the candle and the beautifully carved acacia wood will bring a burst of fall beauty to the center of your table.
Add several small vases to the center of your table. They can be made of ceramic, clay, or crystal — whatever tickles your fancy! When you add simple flowers or these festive felt red berries, you will feel delighted by the natural beauty that you have brought to your home.
Preparing for Guests
You may be preparing for your children to come home from school and admire your amazing craftsmanship! Impress them further by filling a metal Mandala bowl with their favorite fruits (or cookies! *wink*) and placing it in the center of your perfect fall table.
Most likely, you are preparing for your parents, your siblings and a handful of little ones. Or maybe your partner’s family. Better yet, you are hosting an epic Friendsgiving with all of the friends you have chosen as family, people who are really going to appreciate your carefully curated fair trade fall table!
A couple of sets of felt pumpkin napkin rings will add to the natural beauty you have brought indoors, and they will be adorable to boot! Nothing says fall like pumpkins and nothing says the finishing touches on your table setting like beautiful napkin rings. Nothing says fair trade fall like the stories you will share of the artisans from Nepal and Thailand who handcrafted these lovely rings.
Dinner is Served!
We all love sharing memories, stories from childhood, and the stories of our own kids’ shenanigans. It is one of the main reasons we love to gather at Thanksgiving. Yet, as we are dreaming of that fun-filled November day, our minds are also filled with visions of turkey, dressing, and those marshmallow sweet potatoes. As you are preparing your fall table, you will undoubtedly consider your menu and the dishes that you will serve.
Wooden serving dishes are perfect for the hostess who wants to bring the fall vibes inside! These hand-carved olive wood bowls are perfect for serving your favorite salad. They are made in Kenya along with these stunning twig salad servers. With your family gathered round your table, you will find yourself beaming as you sense the beautiful earthy vibes of fall in your home. You will be surrounded by stories of your loved ones and stories of talented artisans who handcrafted the best Thanksgiving decor ever. Oh, and also the sweet potatoes. Win-win-win!
The rectangular acacia wood bowl is treated with a certified food-safe finish and perfect for your favorite holiday dishes!
Hostess With the Mostest
Nothing says Hostess of the Season like the perfect Thanksgiving meal. Stunning fair trade dishes and decor make a statement and a global impact. Share your beautiful Thanksgiving table photos with us! And if you aren’t hosting this year, every single one of these items would also make perfect hostess gifts. A hostess you know would love to add these pieces to her own fall table.
When we consider the ways that we can make the world a better and more beautiful place, we can choose to decorate in a way that supports fair trade artisans while also creating the perfect fall atmosphere in our homes. As you gather this holiday season, may your heart be warmed by the stories around our table as well as the stories that adorn your table and your home.