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
Karena Albert says
Elizabeth, I Love using natural elements ; look at that last image and how much warmth AND elegance it exudes!
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pve design says
Thankful for all the gracious table settings you have inspired for entertaining. I love adding natural elements and switching things up with color or all white. You really should write a book as you always have so many ideas for giving life elegance.
This year, we are going to friends, but I think I will create the place cards for her!
Jennifer of JennySue Makeup says
Using those open nuts as tiny salt and pepper shakers could be the cutest thing I've ever seen!! Great ideas!!
I Dream Of says
Elizabeth, these are such great tips! I'm sure your Thanksgiving is going to be perfectly lovely. I love the idea of mixing and matching china and place settings and just love the flowers in that first shot.
Have fun planning your dinner. Our Thanksgiving plans are a little up in the air because of my mom's health, but we know we have a seat at the table at my friend Dana's that night, so I'm very, very thankful for dear friends.
Hope you have a beautiful weekend! XOXO
Love these! I love setting beautiful tables and creating a special mood, and Thanksgiving is one of my favorites! I too will be hosting, Jeanne and I will send a turkey toast your way!
The enchanted home says
A stunning post! Though normally we are away for Thanksgiving, this year looks like I may be hosting it, so taking away some ideas here. LOVE the framed picture idea…fabulous!
Enjoy your weekend:-)
I'm starting to think about Thanksgiving tables, so I'm very appreciative of the ideas. No matter what I do, however, my much used dryer hose pumpkins have to be included.
Wonderful inspiration, Elizabeth. Thank you.
I like to use nuts and some wooden cranberries to fill my hurricane lamps.
Splendid Market says
some great notions here, I especially love the walnut shells holding the S & P.
Beautiful post !! Thank you !
Lissy Parker says
Elizabeth, I love all of the mixing of materials on these tables. I need to add more natural elements.
Thanks, xo lissy
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