Preparing for holiday celebrations is extra challenging this year as many are trying to balance beloved Thanksgiving traditions with coronavirus safety recommendations. To reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19, Utah health guidelines suggest moving gatherings outside. Luckily, Matt Dickamore from Denton House Design proves that outdoor spaces can stage beautiful, memorable Thanksgiving celebrations. Bundle up in your favorite sweater, take the turkey outside and you may discover you don’t miss the dining room table after all.
Do Up Your Deck
A few simple additions can transform an outdoor sitting area from so-so to special and inviting. On a deck overlooking the Jordanelle, Dickamore sets the stage for an afternoon respite clusters of lanterns, cushy throw pillows, luxe lap blankets and a relaxed centerpiece of sunflowers. Stay warm with hot cider as you wait for the full Thanksgiving feast. “It’s all about casual and comfortable,” he says.
TIP: Surround candles with cranberries, cinnamon sticks or branched berries to give lanterns a festive touch.
Take It Outside
Fashion plenty of cozy spots, indoors and out. Dickamore crafts an inviting patio setting by pulling seating around the outdoor fireplace and decorating the area with pillows, blankets and clusters of pumpkins and candlelit lanterns.
TIP: “Grouping elements like lanterns makes a stronger impact,” Dickamore says.
Stage Some S’mores
As we upend so many traditions this year, why not try something new for dessert? Create a tray of s’mores fixings to make a fireside get-together festive and fun—plus, you won’t spend all day slaving over pie crust.
Pull from Nature
Foraged leaves and pinecones mix with vintage photos to charm a glass-topped table’s seasonal display.
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