Halloween is only a week away, Thanksgiving will be here before we know it, and Christmas planning has been in the works for a while now. Aside from passing out candy, I am ready to move beyond October 31 and officially start preparing for the holidays. Thanksgiving is where most of my family memories live. Because it is the one time of year my side of the family comes together, tradition plays an even more important role in the day. We prepare the same menu each year, the same people are responsible for the same dishes, and Uncle Jack will undoubtedly be manning the Bloody Mary bar. While my day-of table will be a bit different, I have several practice rounds I will be posting, starting today. But, the good news is that beyond my tables and entertaining posts, I have partnered with a talented group to bring 30 holiday entertaining ideas With the Styled-Set Holiday Entertaining Blog Tour, hosted by Lory of Designthusiasm. (You can check out my first fall table HERE, and, if you missed it and just in time for Halloween, my Gothic Halloween dinner party HERE.) This week, the group will be sharing a plethora of Thanksgiving tables and then in a few weeks, we will be gearing up and sharing again for Christmas.
You may not necessarily think of blue and white for Thanksgiving, but this time of year is when I tend to think of it most. My grandmother used to host the annual Thanksgiving feast and her home is where I was first exposed to the classic color palette. Because the memories of my grandmother and Thanksgiving go hand in hand, I thought it would be the perfect way to pay homage to her.
Your Thanksgiving table is an awesome place to infuse a theme/elements which evoke memories with the ones you are with. While I have taken my own modern spin on tradition, I used family heirlooms throughout. *A full list of sources is provided at the bottom of the post*
Creating a simple menu at each place setting is a special touch I will be incorporating this year. You can display name cards separately, or, customize each menu to serve as place cards at each seat.
Because our dining room is the first space you see when you come through the door, I love creating BIG, elaborate centerpieces as a statement. For the dinner, the large center arrangement would be moved to the buffet to allow everyone to see each other across the table.
Before creating this table concept, I thought sunflowers were “cute”. After mixing them with the blue and white, they skyrocketed to the top of my list of fav flowers. They have proven their versatility – suitable for a casual or elegant setting.
I added a few baby white pumpkins and pears to establish the fall vibe; you can head to your local grocery store and scan the produce for a TON of different combinations.
I folded the napkins into little pockets to hold the menu, but this style of napkin folding would also be great for silverware, goodies, favors, or, a special “I am thankful for…” card for everyone to share.
I am high on brass and gold and don’t see that changing any time soon. As the holidays approach, I gravitate towards anything that can bring a sense of warmth to my parties so my new pillar candle holders (HERE), tapered candle holders (HERE), and gold flatware (HERE) definitely fit the bill.
A FEW THANKSGIVING HOSTING TIPS
- Set out serving pieces and stage them the day before to ensure the proper placement and vessels for dishes
- Set up a dedicated beverage station away from the food
- Delegate small tasks to involve everyone (filling water glasses, asking the blessing, etc.)
- Start a new tradition – we keep a book in which we each write what we are thankful for each year
- No cans/bottles allowed on the table- use glasses for all beverages
- Assign seats and use place cards ahead of time
- Opt for soft music in lieu of football during dinner
- Prepare more food than you think you need
- Serve light, easy appetizers to buy time for meal prep
- Keep a pitcher of water close-by for refills (I love my newest gold pitcher HERE)
I would love to hear your Thanksgiving traditions; have you started planning yet? Let me know in the comments below! To help prepare, you won’t want to miss any of the blogs on the tour. Here’s a peek at the full lineup:
Starting today, you can check out the following awesome inspiration:
Kelley Nan (me)
And you’ll definitely want to check back in the rest of the week as each day, new Thanksgiving tables, traditions, and recipes will be posted. Here’s what’s to come:
SHOP THE TABLE
SHOP THE ROOM
THE SOURCES & ROOM DETAILS
*affiliate links used*
Gold Flatware | Napkins | Chargers- (SIMILAR) | Chairs – Linen | Bar Cart | 12-Light Chandelier | Pillar Candle Holders | Tapered Candle Holders | Blue & White Jars: HomeGoods | Mirror: Homegoods – (SIMILAR) | Dining Table: (84″ in Salvaged Brown) | Buffet: (72″ in Distressed White) | Curtain Panels: (98″ in White) | Rug: HomeGoods- Calvin Klein wool (SIMILAR) | Lamps: HomeGoods – (SIMILAR) | Blue & White China – Family Heirloom | Turkeys: No Longer Available | Garland- (SIMILAR) | Cream Table Runners | Blue & White Table Runners: Market on Main in Daphne, AL (SIMILAR) | Waterford Padova China | Pillows: HomeGoods Church Painting | Water Lillies Art | Paint: Lauren’s Surprise by Sherwin Williams | Flooring: Nottaway Hickory in Weathered Saddle