Are you hosting Thanksgiving at your home this year?
I am and so is a friend who I was talking to recently. She always hosts Christmas, but this will be her first Thanksgiving for immediate and extended family. She was looking for ideas, so H, this one is for you.
1. Mix and Match
I love the table above because sometimes you have more guests than you have table settings. This shows how you really can mix and match for a cohesive look. One way to accomplish the mix and match is to alternate patterns. You could also use the same color napkin to tie everything together.
Such a great idea for a place card as well as a take home gift. This would take a little organization, but would be really fun, especially for children. You could use their baby photos. Below are examples of this on the adult table and the children’s table, if you need to split things up.
3. Knock on Wood
Incorporating elements of wood is a great way to bring heft to what could be an otherwise delicate table setting. These wood chargers ground the white plates against the print tablecloth. Balance prints and solids to keep things from looking too busy.
4. Go Nuts
To keep from going nuts on expenses, using nuts in your decor is ideal (unless your guests have allergies)! In fact, I am absolutely going to incorporate big, chunky walnuts into my Thanksgiving decor. Make individual salt and pepper servers, load them up in bowls or fill a hurricane with a candle. You could actually do all of it for the cost of one flower arrangement….and munch on them while you watch football after dinner.
There are so many natural elements available, I would recommend keeping things simple. And, let the food be the star!
But, before you dress the turkey, dress your table….at least a couple of days ahead and you’ll be thanking yourself that there’s one less thing to do!
images: veranda, food network, waiting for martha for ballard design, entertaining house, martha stewart