Set a Stylish Thanksgiving Table

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Tablecloths & Coordinates

Setting the Table with Style
Gold for elegance and swirls for
whimsy -- start the new year in
style.

Ring out the old and ring in the new with this brightly colored table setting that works equally well for a myriad of other seasonal celebrations. Tissue gold lame is an excellent choice for a quick, no-sew table cover. For a small round table like the one shown, tape the selvage edge, pleating as you go, to the apron of the table, then pouf the bottom of the tableskirt, tucking the opposite selvage edge under. Fold another piece of fabric in half (fabric should measure 45 inches square after folding) and lay it over the top of the table. Cover the whole table with a painted organdy overlay (see Dressed-Up Coordinates).

Dressed-Up Coordinates
Setting the Table with Style

Dots and swirls, motifs pulled from the designs on the plates and glasses, are painted onto iridescent organdy napkins and a tablecloth overlay with fabric paint.

Instructions:
Setting the Table with Style
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Napkin Diagram

1. Cut 18-inch-square napkins and an overlay to fit your table. Lay the fabric pieces on wax paper while applying the paint, and leave them until completely dry because the paint will soak through the fabric.

2. Finish the edges by running a thin bead of iridescent fabric paint along the perimeter of each piece. Squeeze dots of paint onto the corners of the napkins in red metallic. Squeeze paint swirls randomly in the center of the napkins, as shown in the Napkin Diagram and on the overlay in gold metallic.

3. Allow the paint to dry overnight, then trim the edges to clean up frays or unevenly dried paint.

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