Maybe you just realized Thanksgiving is next week. Maybe your Thanksgiving plans fell through and you find yourself hosting a small group last minute. Maybe you just love to procrastinate because if gives you a rush! Either way, it's coming, and you need to get it together in a flash. There's nothing better than sitting down to a beautifully styled dinner table with good friends and good wine. There are plenty of ways to effortlessly style your table in a hurry.
Step 1: Pick a theme
Do you want to stick with fall colors like Orange, browns, and green? Or do you want to go with a completely different color palette? Do you want it to look really classy and sophisticated? Or do you want to go with more of a Bohemian theme? Here are some Thanksgiving table settings to help inspire you:
Bohemian - Moody
Bohemian - Elegant
A neutral beachy setting with dried palms
A chic, colorful setting using fruits as accents
A simple fall colored setup with dried florals
All white & woodsy
Step 2: Setting the backdrop
A well styled table starts with a well placed backdrop. Cheese cloth runners are a great way to add a little flare to your holiday table and serves as a backdrop for all the pretty things you'll be adding.
Speaking of pretty things to add to the table, candle are a must! You can go with small clear votive candles, or go a more dramatic route and use candle sticks. Check out these ombre colored sticks
Simple, sleek candle holders are always a good choice and they come in a variety of styles. Depending on how large or small your table is, you can choose between packs of 2, 3 or in some cases 6. You can also find mixed metals if you find yourself unable to commit to a metal.
Step 3: Setting the table
It goes without saying that you need something to put all of your food on. Using your standard dinner plates for the meal is perfectly acceptable and in fact, encouraged! However if you're in the market for new matching plates, these are fantastic options. The black ones are great if you are going for a more moody theme for your table too!
If your hosting a large group and don't have enough place settings for everyone, I definitely suggest going the disposable route. There are stylish options that aren't printed or branded with the Dixie logo.
Now I know a fancy charger to go under your plate isn't necessary, but gosh darn-it, it looks so nice for a formal dinner! These chargers from Amazon are under $20 for 8, and they are re-usable, so you can use them for all of your future hosting gigs.
Paper towels might not be the best way to dress your table for this one. Go a little fancier by using a solid linen napkin or another pattern that fits your theme.
Did you ever spend time a summer working on a Cruise ship and know how to fold a napkin into the shape of a swan? No? Me either! But thats why napkin rings were invented! They are the lazy mans way to style a napkin and we love it. There are a bajillion styles of napkin rings to choose from on Amazon. From Boho, to natural, to fancy and Thanksgiving themed.
You may be serving copious amounts of wine at your dinner table, but it's also good to keep the guests hydrated. There are so many beautiful styles of water goblets to fit any style of dinner your serving. You can go the fancier route by having gold rimmed goblets or keep it casual with something more simple. You can also skip the goblet route and serve water in your standard water glasses. The table will look beautiful either way.
Serving salads and casseroles with small soup spoons will get the job but can slow down your buffet line when everyone requires multiple scoops to get their preferred helping. Having a nice matching set of serving spoons will keep the line moving and will look great at the same time.
I hope you all have a fabulous Thanksgiving with your friends and family this year!
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