Creative Inspiration for Your Thanksgiving Table + Entertaining Tips!
I’m starting to think about new ways to style my Thanksgiving table…so here are a few ideas to inspire your celebration and a few entertaining tips!
Fall is the season for gatherings — whether it be with family, old friends, or new friends — it is a time for connecting and creating life-long memories with your loved ones.
However, hosting your first (or 50th) gathering can be overwhelming and sometimes life just gets in the way. But, we shouldn’t let it! It’s a great way to express your creativity and a chance to create moments that truly matter for you and those around you.
Let this be the year you finally host the dinner party you’ve been dreaming of for years.
Serve a signature cocktail
Signature cocktails are a great way to help your guests feel festive and cared for at your gathering. Mulled wine is a perfect drink for a gathering in the fall or winter. It’s warm, comforting, smells amazing, and is easy to prepare in large batches ahead of time.
Try a simple cheese board
As much as I love to create an extravagant cheese board, it really would be too much when you’re doing an entire meal (especially Thanksgiving). A minimal cheese board is just as beautiful and gives your guests something small to snack on with their drink.
Prepare in Advance
In any kind of gathering, you really want to do everything you can to make things easy for yourself as the host! Be strategic about the dishes you serve and keep in mind their cooking and preparation times. Also remember that if you prepare things in advance that need to be reheated you’ll need to consider your oven space.
Keep the Decor Doable For You
Some people like an elaborate table, while others want to keep it simple. When I’m preparing a meal like Thanksgiving and focusing so heavily on all the beautiful, seasonal bounty — I like to keep the table decor somewhat simple. Simple might not be your style, so if you’re doing an elaborate table, be sure to start well in advance, adding flowers at the last minute. It’s also nice to add some touches of eucalyptus down the center of the table and a few white pumpkins for a festive feel. If you need a little more inspiration, watch this video!
I hope these tips will help inspire you to host your dream fall gathering this season! For more holiday entertaining tips, see this CBL Blog Post!
I love the idea of giving guests a piece of paper to write down what they’re thankful for. Everyone can share their list over dessert!
This table is certainly not simple, but very beautiful!
Great idea for a dessert buffet!
One last tip, if you’re hosting a large group, ask your guests to chip in, but be specific about what you would like for them to bring. Otherwise, it probably won’t be helpful at all because you’ll end up with something that doesn’t go with your menu. It’s perfectly fine to ask for help!