Year after year I have proudly shared my Thanksgiving and Seder tables. Decorating and preparing the table settings have been my favorite part of festive holidays -- and friends and family have enjoyed looking at photos of the creative table settings. I routinely painted tablecloths, adapted themed decorations, found unusual dishes, and used plants and flowers from my yard to reinvent the possibilities.
This year a new dimension of creativity was called into action for Covid-19 style and safety.
Table setting had to be implemented quickly to avoid problems with animals, and wind. There were individual flowers at every table. The "flowers" were mostly from my yard. A challenge to see the potential with new eyes and some creativity.
I loved the orange seed pods with the orange dots on the vase (below.)
The red berries looked great in a red vase.
For the safety of guests and hosts, no one was allowed inside. After checking for personal requests, I brought out a full plate of food for each person. Once everyone was served, we ate outside in the seasonally cool air with jackets and hats on, and fortunately warmed by the fall sunshine -- all socially distanced at our seats. All of us wore masks if we moved around.
Learning to entertain with social distancing requires a new repertoire of social skills -- and advanced planning along with layers of clothing to stay warm -- for me, four shirts and a sweatshirt for the middle of the afternoon.
For us, Thanksgiving 2020 was a new adventure with unprecedented challenges that will be remembered as a special event in a most unusual year. Yet every day, I am conscious that the sustaining goal is a healthy future for all.
Stay safe and socially distant for the holidays.
A few Thanksgiving Tables from Past Years:
(I think I should make a book with all my holiday tables so you can do this too.
Thanksgiving 2017 in Black and White
Thanksgiving Visual Feast Giving Thanks 2012 with a Mondrian Theme for the table and food.