This is Day 293 of the Green in 365 series!
By Hilary Kimes Bernstein of Accidentally Green, Contributing Writer
When Thanksgiving is spent focusing on thanking God for His faithful provision and blessings, it’s one of my favorite holidays of the year.
If you’re hosting a Thanksgiving dinner this year, it doesn’t matter if you’ll have dozens of guests at your table or just a few – you can decorate your table with creatively tasteful elements that also are environmentally friendly.
For starters, an easy way to host a green Thanksgiving is to choose reusable materials for your table. Use a cloth tablecloth and cloth napkins instead of paper ones. Use real plates, glasses, and silverware instead of disposable ones. If you don’t have enough in your own stash, borrow from others or shop at a thrift store. Don’t be afraid to mix and match.
When it comes to centerpieces, Thanksgiving is a great time to use something natural. First, gather any kind of unique glass bowls or candleholders you have. Then think of ways you can fill them. Here are some creative, natural ideas:
- Mini pumpkins
- Indian corn
- Coffee beans
- Dried legumes and lentils
- Dried flowers
Pinterest is a perfect place to search for centerpiece ideas. If you’re not very crafty (like me) there are plenty of simple styles to attempt. And if you are crafty, the sky’s the limit!
Creating your own place cards also can be easy, frugal and green when you use consumables like sugar cookies or when you simply paint names on large, fall leaves or mini pumpkins and gourds.
What environmentally friendly elements have you used to deck your Thanksgiving table in the past?
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