…Thanksgiving is truly one of my favorite holidays – food, friends, family, and time to really get into the holiday spirit! And as we are one week away from the big day, I assume a lot of you are prepping for dinners large and small. As I love to entertain AND we just had our sixth annual “friends” thanksgiving, I thought I would share some fun details from our party that might help you with yours…
For the last six years, I have hosted what we like to call Friendsgiving – a potluck dinner before actual Thanksgiving where we make a turkey, drink a ton of wine, give thanks (and then some), and get to catch up before everybody starts getting crazy for the holidays! In hosting a party, there are couple things that are really important to me, starting with setting the table…
Rule #1: Put time into your centerpiece! It doesn’t have to be expensive, but it is the first thing guests will see when entering your dinning room. I used a white table cloth with a burlap runner (from Pottery Barn), then I added some fake leaves and acorns (all available from your local craft store.) Next, I bought a bunch of pumpkins (all different shapes, sizes, and colors) from Trader Joe’s along with random acorn squash that I found on my way to the checkout line. Arrange throughout the center of your table and you’re all set!
Rule #2: Don’t worry about having matching place settings – it’s much more fun to mix and match! I used more traditional china that I bought at Bloomingdales Home along with these vintage style plates I bought at the Melrose Trading Post (flea market)! I mixed red Crate and Barrel napkins with Pottery Barn festive napkins. My name tags where cut from brown paper bags (very DIY of me – ha!) and viola, you have a table!
Rule #3: If you like to entertain, this is the perfect time to pull out the good stuff you save for special occasions! I love using my great grandma’s silverware and seeing it on the table. Her initials are engraved on each piece and it adds a sentimental element to the table. I also use my grandparents sterling candlesticks that are stunning and add some drama!
Rule #4: Lastly, serve good food and drinks! Nobody likes a dry turkey, ha! You don’t have to spend a lot of money, just put some extra love into into your recipe and you will be ready for a perfect thanksgiving dinner!
Hope that helps inpire you a little bit! Happy hosting!