5 Ways to Impress Your Guests this Thanksgiving
Grab inspiration for tablescaping your way to a gorgeous Thanksgiving dinner plus simple ways to impress your guests this holiday.
From inspiration for tablescaping your way to a gorgeous Thanksgiving dinner (ahem we have three different ways of doing just that) to a punch list of to-do items that will 100% impress your guests this holiday, Becky of Daly Digs is spilling the details for whipping that dinner table into the ultimate shape. We may be partial to pink and gold but the whole crew is pretty dang gorgeous. See so much more captured by Jacqui Cole in the vault.
I dreamt of creating three very different and non-traditional tablescapes for Thanksgiving inspiration to show that Thanksgiving and fall entertaining doesn't have to be limited to hues of orange, yellow and red. I couldn't stop at one concept, so decided to do "one table, three ways," in which I would showcase one table, decorated three distinct ways, each with its own color scheme, style and seating. We are so honored to have teamed up with Le Creuset to showcase their beautiful enameled cast iron cookware in colors to compliment each tablescape.
Inspired by Seasonal Vegetables
The green table with pops of deep purple was inspired by seasonal vegetables including purple sweet potatoes and purple corn. The deep purple hues paired beautifully with green gourds and artichokes and silver accents and the florals featured succulents and garden roses.
This table has a boho feel and featured a macramé runner for texture and bohemian-inspired menus. The sisal colored Le Creuset braiser featured maple bacon Brussels sprouts and the mini white Le Creuset cocottes at each place setting were perfect for the purple sweet potato soup. Apple rosemary bourbon cocktails were displayed on a vintage silver tray.
Inspired by Dramatic, Deep Hues
For the burgundy and black table, I wanted to create a romantic, dramatic table with taper candles bold colors. This table, a dramatic departure from the other two tables, featured a stunning floral centerpiece, with pomegranates and berries sprinkled along the center of the table.
Black plates, matte black flatware, and black linen napkins tied in silk ribbon served as place settings with red pears adorned with small "be thankful" banners. A black Le Creuset Dutch oven, ginger beet martinis and cranberry pomegranate bruschetta complimented the color scheme and polished off the vision.
Inspired by Pretty Pastel + Gold
The soft pink and peach table was inspired by pale-peach hued gourds, which were paired with classic gold accents, soft linen and patterned glass dinnerware to create a soft and organic, yet elegant tablescape. A gold painted pumpkin served as the vessel for delicate hydrangea and pink roses and the table was adorned with several pumpkins and gourds in shades of ivory, pink and peach.
Two Le Creuset Dutch ovens in hibiscus pink complimented the color scheme and showcased the peach-glazed pork dish beautifully. Pink dip-dyed menus with gold calligraphy and deckle edges sat atop glass dinnerware with gold flatware to polish off the look. The table featured rosé poached pears for dessert and a sparkling peach pomegranate Bellini for guests to sip.
5 Ways to Impress Your Guests this Thanksgiving
Incorporate stationery. Sending your guests an invitation to Thanksgiving dinner or using a printed menu and/or place cards is an affordable way to make your Thanksgiving gathering even more special. Place cards and menus can be easily created on your own, or etsy has very affordable, convenient printable options. If you'd like to take a step further, order custom calligraphy menus for each place setting or even 1-2 to place on your Thanksgiving table.
Greet guests with a signature cocktail. Extra points if the cocktail compliments the color scheme of your tablescape and décor. Try a unique cocktail like on of ours: a ginger beet martini, apple rosemary bourbon or a pear Bellini.
Have some appetizers or small bites ready for your guests to snack on when they arrive. Choose appetizers can be prepped the day before. A simple charcuterie board or easy bites like our cranberry pomegranate bruschetta are perfect ideas to hold your guests over until dinner.
Bring in some florals. A floral centerpiece is always a nice touch to any thanksgiving table. However, you don't have to order an arrangement from a florist to make your table look nice. Use flowers from your local supermarket and combine with produce. You can use gourds, pumpkins, pomegranates or artichokes coupled with greenery to add some texture and color.
Set the table. A beautiful tablescape does not have to be expensive or take a lot of time. Start by adding texture with a table runner or linen. Build from there by adding your centerpiece or floral arrangements, seasonal gourds or vegetables. Build your place settings by layering a dinner plate atop a charger or place mat, add flatware and linen napkins. Finish off with extra decorative elements like stationery and candles.
Additional Vendor Credits
Join Our Little Black Book
Mellie Bellie Boutique, Etsy
Concept, Design and Styling
Becky of Daly Digs
Glass Plates, Ceramic Plates
Crate & Barrel
Be Thankful Printable
Fiber and Threads, Etsy
Black Chair + Gold Charger Rentals
Kate Ryan Linens
Oak House Designs, Etsy
Pink Dyed Menu with Gold Calligraphy
Sablewood Paper Co, Etsy
Peach Runner, Ribbon
Silk & Willow