Have a feng shui Thanksgiving

Thursday, November 19, 2009
By Julie Wiegan

Thanksgiving doesn’t have to be stressful and can be the peaceful holiday it was meant to be. Create a warm and positive environment using these Feng Shui tips from ChicagoHealers.com Practitioner Dr. Andie Pearson, DMD.

Clean and Clear
No matter what the occasion, the first step in Feng Shui is clearing clutter and cleaning the area.

Decide on themes, purpose, how many people will be invited, who will be there, and what activities and foods you will have. This should help you with the rest of your planning.


Color It Warm
Plan the decorations with warm relaxing colors. Use goldenrod, earthy greens, tans, amber, deep rich reds or maroons.

Traffic Flow
Create a good flow of traffic throughout. Are you having an actual sit down event, buffet, or cocktails with appetizers?
Formal dinner: separate this room from the rest of the party, allowing the rest of the party area to be designated as the place for social gathering.
Buffet style: have an area for the food and a section for drinks. You will also need to have seating scattered about in an organized fashion that doesn’t block flow of traffic.
Just snacks, appetizers and cocktails: this has a bit of free flow. You can arrange several areas for food and drinks scattered through out the room so that people can stroll from place to place and socialize.


Decorations should be pleasing to the eye, but kept to a minimum. Overly large or overwhelming items or too much clutter can create an environment of anxiety. Flower arrangements on the table or throughout the room should be conservative and moderate to short. Anything big or tall will not allow for conversion across the table. Because people will be visiting and talking, music would be very nice, but needs to be low and soft so that it doesn’t compete with everyone there.

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