Thanksgiving Host Guide

We all know there’s no place like home for the holidays, but if you’re the one hosting you may end up feeling stressed. With Thanksgiving only a month away I am already starting to plan the menu, table set up, and fall kitchen accents. Even though Thanksgiving may be considered an eating holiday, for me it’s important to create a festive atmosphere and a well-decorated table my family and friends can enjoy while eating the delicious foods. I love incorporating a colorful, seasonal display in the center of the table with candles around it, using a pattern play on the plates that are eye catching, adding different textiles to create a balance between subtle and statement, adding in fun, festive serving ware, and most importantly creating a space that feels warm and welcoming.
Our round woven straw placemats are a must need in the kitchen during the holidays! They will spice up your dinner table and pair well with neutral or brightly colored tableware and linens. Rather than place cards I choose to use brown and white distressed bottle tags that say “This Wine Pairs Well With Turkey And Difficult Relatives" and “I Am Thankful For A Family That Drinks” on the plates. This is my way of adding personalization to the table and hopefully giving my family a little a laugh. The Happy Friendsgiving Kitchen Towel is a nice accent to add to the table, but also can be used to rest a hot pan or pot on. The mango wood turkey serving utensils with wire metal feathers are very festive and more traditional so I will keep them on the table for décor until they’re ready to be used. My kids have always liked serving ware with turkeys on them so I try to incorporate them every year. 
Another possible set up is shown, but is a tad more simplistic. This table pairs muted pops of color with a neutral color palette. I used the Thanksgiving Towel Sets as napkins on each plate and replaced the woven straw placemats with hand woven seagrass placemats that contain black accents. I also used our best-selling Glass Pitcher with Seagrass Weave as a small vase. This pitcher compliments the placemats, but is multifunctional and can be used to serve fall cocktails or other beverages. In the back of this picture you’ll see some fall pillows. I like incorporating fall décor in areas surrounding the table to make for a cozy vibe. For example, in the kitchen I will use our pumpkin server or paulownia tray set for small finger food or candies. I will also light my favorite rustic pumpkin candle in the kitchen so it smells like fall right when you walk through the door. I mean c’mon who doesn’t like the smell of pumpkin spice!
Below are a few more of my favorite Thanksgiving essentials! All are linked and can be bought in-store or online under our fall collection, which is currently 15% off!

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