6 Steps to a Styled Thanksgiving

Whether it’s the autumnal decor or calendar blotted with competing plans, rumblings of Thanksgiving are happening in our household. We may eschew a trip to avoid the holiday chaos, which leaves our home as the natural destination.

The setting in our former home, which mixes traditional with today's flare.

The setting in our former home, which mixes traditional with today’s flare.

1. Submit Seasonal for Holiday

Unless it’s vintage, decorating with turkeys and pilgrims is the same as assuming a Parisian flat crammed with Eiffel Tower trinkets. Let the mood of the season inspire your setting. Focus on personalized details over an expected annual setting. While this may be rebellion from when I had to polish the silver from my childhood holidays, you are sure to earn more ohs and ahs by tweaking tradition.

Mix up the details with color and an assortment of interesting pieces.

Mix up the details with color and an assortment of interesting pieces.

2. What to Serve?

If there is one holiday where you should not deviate from the traditional menu it’s Thanksgiving. Being served a rack of lamb over turkey and stuffing could cause a boycott from your guests. This is not the intention of a true hostess. Even if you don’t like mashed potatoes and gravy your palette craves traditional foods on the last Thursday of November. In fact, we can safely assume what Americans will be eating on Thanksgiving. The trick is supplement with a variety of choices like apple cider donuts for breakfast if you have overnight guests and pumpkin bread and corn muffins.

Morning apple cider donuts kick off the culinary celebration.

Morning apple cider donuts kick off the culinary celebration.

Serve a mix of breads and muffins.

Serve a mix of breads and muffins.

3. Setting the Table with Pizzazz

While formal dinnerware is great for newly marrieds who want to showcase their matrimonial goods, I prefer simple white dinnerware and weave in current accents. Working with a color scheme of gold, autumnal colors and touches of blue for a personalized note through accessories like the table runner, banners, floral centerpiece and drinking goblets.

4. In the Details

Bring in details that both cater to guests and show style, like a bouquet of barber striped straws in complimentary colors, salt cellars filled with seasoning and colorful paper napkins secured with holders to minimize cleanup.

5. The Kid Table

Set a toned down, more jovial version of your decor’s theme with the children’s table. Delineate the kid area with a holiday banner. Add leaves, colored pencils and paper for a playful touch, along with a Thanksgiving box and have young guests write what they are thankful for. Children can guess the writer and take turns reading. Chalkboard placemats occupy moments of lull. Edible centerpieces, such as a turkey pineapple or melon with feathered fruit skewers, is a whimsical and healthy addition.

6. Sweet Options

While customary pie may get the most rounds of helpings, add other sweet choices to your dessert selection, such as candy apples with a sampling of tea, coffee, cinnamon hot chocolate and warm apple cider.


Barber stripes paper straws: www.etsy.com/listing/167602253/paper-straw-20-pcs-thanksgiving-paper

Tassel garland: https://www.etsy.com/listing/175170083/fiesta-tassel-garland-birthday-party.

Fall bunting: https://www.etsy.com/listing/204618632/woodland-photography-banner-prop

Give Thanks banner: https://www.etsy.com/listing/205311578/handmade-burlap-and-gold-glitter-fabric

Burlap runner: eabdesigns.etsy.com

Autumn Thanksgiving leaves: $12. leafdecor.etsy.com

Cocktail napkins: http://www.henhouselinens.com/

Goblets: http://www.arteitalica.com/

Dinnerware: http://www.villeroy-boch.com/

Gold placemats: http://www.chilewich.com/store

Chalkboard placemats: http://www.surlatable.com

Wooden cutlery: http://www.ecowareproducts.com/

Candy apples: http://www.mrsprindables.com/

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  6. Andre says:

    Using these ideas for the holiday, thanks.

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