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Easy Thanksgiving Decorating for Your Zoom Dinners

Sunday, November 1st, 2020

metallic thanksgiving balloons

Most people won’t be doing a lot of travel for Thanksgiving this year. Instead, we’ll use Zoom to get our togetherness time while stopping the spread of the pandemic.

Yet there’s no reason to think you can’t be just as festive as you were when the entire family gathered in your dining room. With a little creativity, you can make your virtual Thanksgiving just as special as your in-person gatherings.

Decorate the Gathering Space

easy thanksgiving decorations - cornYou don’t have to decorate your whole house this year, and that might be kind of nice! Instead, you can just stage your Zoom background.

Of course, nothing says you can’t decorate the whole house, especially if your immediate family will be there, celebrating Thanksgiving with you. Indeed, going all-out might help you create a festive space in the middle of an uncertain time.

Banners and crepe paper in festive fall colors are an easy way to get this done. If you want an even easier way, think outside the box and go with balloons. Some examples of great Thanksgiving balloons include beautiful latex balloons with leaves, which come in burgundy, gold, brown, and yellow, and which have elegant prints. You might also opt for metallic gold and silver balloons with a chrome finish, or look for the same in mauve or rose gold. Another option would be to go for mylar balloons with Thanksgiving-themed graphics on them, like turkeys, cornucopias, scarecrows, bales of hay, or ears of colored corn.

Allergic to latex? Mylar balloons are a solution.

Of course, don’t neglect the basics, like a stunning Thanksgiving table.

Outdoor Gatherings

easy thanksgiving table decorations for outside zoomIf you and your family have formed a “Covid Pod” then you might be doing an outdoor gathering this year. Look for decorations that won’t be defeated by wind. If you’re doing balloons, add weights to them to keep them in place.

Use cloth napkins outdoors…paper napkins tend to fly all over the place.

If you’re still Zooming with remote family members remember to set up the Zoom area inside…wind can cause a lot of mic interference and the Wi-Fi signal usually isn’t as good outside the house.

Wear Hats

If you don’t want to go all out with decorations for a Zoom call, hats are a great solution! You can DIY “pilgrim” headwear, or make boppers with turkeys on them. Make a cornucopia fascinator, or just find some premade hats.

They’ll be funny and festive, and you can take them off when it’s time to get ready for dinner in your own home.

Remember It’s About Connection

red fall leavesThere’s no glossing over the fact that a Zoom Thanksgiving isn’t “the same” as the festivities you’ve enjoyed in the past. Try not to let that get you down. If you treat your call with your family and friends like an event for the day that allows you to connect and catch up, and go out of your way to make it as festive as possible, then your holiday can still be meaningful and special.

Remember: this pandemic won’t last forever. You can still make memories this year while looking forward to better ones.

Want lots of options for your Thanksgiving decorations? Come to Paper Plus, where we’ve got a huge selection at incredible prices.

5 Tips for a Stunning Thanksgiving Table

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

 

Thanksgiving dinner. Seasonal table setting with autumn leaves, candles and pumpkins.

The countdown is on— Thanksgiving is right around the corner! Don’t get us wrong we’re looking forward to turkey, football and time with friends and family, but what always gets us in the holiday spirit is planning a wonderful meal for our loved ones. Pulling together a perfect Thanksgiving table can be challenging but with a little guidance, you can put together a table that’s inviting while providing a bit of whimsy to impress your family and friends.

1. Layer. Layer. Layer.

 The beauty of a truly stunning Thanksgiving table is due to the variety of textures and heights coming from a carefully layered table. For a classic look start with a with a neutral color table cloth then choose a complimentary, paper table runner. Look for something festive and on theme. Next, add in layers of natural elements like branches, pumpkins and gourds. Experiment with different sizes and shapes and play with incorporating a shiny leaf garland or strings of deep red cranberries for a pop of color.

2. A Place for Everyone

Place cards add a nice formal touch to the table and can also Happy Thanksgiving table place settingserve as a whimsical souvenir your guests will want to take home with them after the meal. You can purchase some thematic paper and print out cards at home, decorate pre-made cards with markers and stickers or let your creativity run wild by getting crafty with ribbon, leaves and twigs!

3. Think Up

Add some height to each place setting by giving each guest a charger, a plate, a cloth napkin and a dessert or bread plate all stacked together. It’s fun to mix and match heirloom dishes with festive and colorful paper plates and napkins. For the final touch, add in something small that guests can enjoy at the very top, such as a tiny pumpkin, a tree ornament or a personalized greeting card.

4. Let it Glow!

Fire is a primal element providing warmth and coziness. Add this most basic of decorations in the form of varying candles. Molded candles help enhance your theme and can be used all over the home. Taper candles are wonderful for a more formal table, while votive candles provide just the right amount of light when used in groups. Careful not to choose scented candles as you’ll want the delicious scent of the food to be the star of the show.

5. Don’t Forget About the Little Ones

Thanksgiving decorations.Look for fun wearables – feathered headbands and pilgrim hats add an extra bit of whimsy. To add interest, turn the kids’ table into a dinner/craft station. Start by using plain white butcher paper as a table cloth and supply the table with plenty of crayons for your young guests to put their personal spin on. Instead of a formal centerpiece, provide a basket with inexpensive craft supplies; scissors, toilet paper rolls, construction paper, scotch tape, etc… They’ll be occupied for hours and allow the adults to linger over a longer dinner. For family fun after dinner, we offer a “pin the hat on the turkey” game which is always a crowd pleaser.

Once your perfect table is pulled together, give some thought to the rest of the house! Leaf garlands, ribbons, paper wall hangings, window decals and molded candles will spread holiday spirit throughout your entire home. Happy Thanksgiving!

 

 

 

How to Set the Ultimate Thanksgiving Table

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

Here at Paper Plus, we love to see our customers browse our shelves and light up with joy for some party favor or decorative item that they either didn’t remember or know existed until it was there in front of them. There are so many fun party ideas just waiting for a host or enthusiastic partygoer with a vision!

Thanksgiving paper goods - plates, napkinsFor Thanksgiving this year, why not gather some fresh ideas and mix it up?

  • Honeycomb turkeys make great centerpieces. These foldout paper turkeys are well made, easy to assemble and totally charming. For a more elaborate look, surround your proud turkey with an assortment of fruit, decorative gourds and fall leaves.
  • The cornucopia or ‘horn of plenty’ is the classical symbol for good harvests and feast times and is usually filled to overflowing with fruits, vegetables, nuts and flowers.
  • Candles are an excellent way to bring natural, glittering light to your Thanksgiving table. Use formal candle holders at regular intervals or disperse tea lights randomly. When the meal is winding down, dim the lights and allow family and guests to enjoy each other’s company by simple candlelight.
  • Thanksgiving-themed invitations are a festive way to bring friends and family together.
  • Thanksgiving banners in different styles transform a bare, blank spaces like office meeting rooms or event halls into warm rooms ready for food and friendship.
  • We carry fun wearable items like turkey headpieces, decorative top hats with turkey feathers, and pilgim hats. Come to dinner with a few of these and enjoy your moment as the life of the party!
  • Get crafty with our large assortment of decorative papers, including handmade paper, tissue paper and gift wrap.
  • Games build an appetite! We have Pin the Tail on the Turkey, playing cards and lots of other party games for kids and adults.

More Thanksgiving table tips are here!

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