Thanksgiving is upon us and if you’re playing hostess with the mostest, you have a pretty tablescape to plan in just a few short days. Which is why I’m breaking down a few tricks for styling a gorgeous Thanksgiving table. Plus these event planning tips will work for any gathering you have coming up, whether for the holidays or just a fancy little dinner party.
1. COLOR PALETTE
You always want to select your color palette first. Look at your table, the room, and other furnishings in it to see what colors would best tie in. For Autumn, selecting oranges, peaches, and taupe can be one option that is always suiting.
2. FRESHLY PICKED FOLIAGE OR IN-SEASON FLOWERS
Incorporating flowers to your table gives that extra added pop of color. You can call up your local florist (me) to order a few centerpieces for each table or if you’re pressed against time, picking freshly cut foliage from outside. Think branches, field grass, wildflowers that have gone dormant, yet still have a pretty wild look to them for added texture. Mums like these in this floral centerpiece below are a beautiful in-season bloom at this time of year.
For an added touch, try incorporating menus and place cards to each place setting. Look around your house to see what you have handy. Paper of any sort, plexi glass as shown below or using gourds, writing the name of each guest on each one.
White Airy Look
You can go two routes for your dinnerware. If you have nice china, this is the perfect time to pull these out for entertaining. If not, finding sturdy disposable plates will suffice too. It sure will save you time on washing dishes, right? You wouldn’t believe how nice of disposable dinnerware is out there and it looks incredibly REAL! See the difference below that black dinnerware makes for a more dramatic look compared to the white airy look above.
Dramatic Black Look
5. CHARCUTERIE + WINE
It wouldn’t be Thanksigiving of course, without the food but for the purposes of this post for styling ideas and event planning tips, I bring you one of my favorite go-to staples for any party and table - big or small. Charcuterie spreads! They make for a great smorgasbord of all our favorite yummies, from cured meats of salami and prosciutto to assorted Wisconsin cheeses (Wisconsin made, Sartori cheese displayed below) with fruit spreads olives, bread or crostini, crackers, nuts and fruit.
See what you have for boards and serving trays as well as one or two small bowls for added height and elements to use, then assemble your masterpiece. Lastly, you must not forget the vino! Choosing a nice burgundy or cranberry apple wine as shown below from Lunch Creek Winery in Neshkoro, Wisconsin, is always a great go-to. Or whatever fancies your palette of taste buds for you and your guests. CHEERS!
Have a very happy thanksgiving to you all, filled with tasty bites, beverages and merriment with the ones you love. xoxo