Can you really believe that next week is Thanksgiving?? Time is flying, but I’m cramming in all the fun that I can!
I truly love Thanksgiving as a time to enjoy my family, eat great food, and be thankful for all the things we have – big and small. This year my Mom is hosting Thanksgiving which I love, but since we won’t be at our house for the holiday; I thought it would be fun to have a few friends over the week before for a little “friends-giving.”
I decided to keep my table pretty simple with just a few sprigs of fresh eucalyptus (that has dried up). I refurbished my pumpkins from Halloween and gave them a nice makeover. I used a matte white spray paint and sprayed each one with two coats. Then, I painted each of the stems with gold paint that I had on hand. Once they were dry, I placed them on my table and they gave the perfect neutral pop!
I picked up this very simple runner from Target and used some old candle holders that I had on hand. I love these gold and white candles that I picked up from Mudpie too. They will be wonderful at Christmas time too.
Here’s a few of my favorite tips for decorating a table or hosting a dinner party::
- Set your table the day or two before the party – This saves so much time and stress the day of a party. Sometimes you don’t think it will take long to set the table, but when there are lots of other things to be doing, it can be really helpful.
- Prep as much of the food as you can ahead of time – I went straight for Ina Garten’s Make it Ahead cook book for this dinner party. I knew I was making a turkey and gravy plus some stuffing and I wanted to do as much as possible ahead of time. The day of the party, all I had to do was bake! How easy is that??
- Use place cards – I love a good place card. It’s so nice to just let people know where they are sitting instead of making them guess. People always are asking where Matt and I like to sit because they don’t want to take our seats and this takes all of the guessing away.
- Make sure to chill the drinks – If you are serving champagne, wine or anything that needs to be chilled, make sure you do it before the guests arrive otherwise it’s too late!
- Light your candles and play some music – Set the mood before your guests arrive and light all your candles. It’s also nice to have a little mood music playing- so pick your playlist!
- Have fun – Lastly, be sure to have some fun!! It’s easy to get stressed, but try to make yourself relax and enjoy your company!
Here is a round-up of items from this post. If I missed anything, just message me and I will try to answer. I hope you all have a wonderful weekend prepping for the holiday!!
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