Make This Year’s Thanksgiving Stand Out with these Decorating Tips

Happy Fall! The leaves are changing colors, smores are being made over bonfires, and everyone seems to be going crazy for spiced treats. There’s more to the season than oversized sweaters, cozy scarves, and pumpkins. Fall is also a time to reconnect with loved ones. Elevate your Thanksgiving gathering and make this Fall holiday a classy, memorable affair. Keep reading for tips on how to host a standout Thanksgiving event.

Decorations are Key

When it comes to ideas for Fall decorating, we typically look no further than Pinterest for inspiration. Instead of relying on your pin boards, begin with a color pallet that’s personal to you. Consider these color idea elements to style your tablescape and room. 

For an elevated rustic theme, incorporate eggshell white gourds and pumpkins and offset them with succulents, candle votives, and garland made of magnolia leaves. Accent these natural colors with wooden boards, woven placemats, or linen runners. If you want a more elegant theme, fine china would make a lovely statement. Enhance the ornateness with white table linens, crisp cloth napkins, and fresh floral centerpieces of varying heights.

Food for thought

Traditional Thanksgiving foods like stuffing, roasted turkey, and sweet potato casserole are sought after favorites even outside of the holiday. Have your caterer elevate these staple dishes into something creative that will wow your guests’ eyes, but still deliver the classic flavors they love.

Food presentations can be as stunning as your decor. Instead of a seated meal, turn classic dishes into beautiful canapes. Guests can mingle and enjoy their favorite comfort eats at the same time. Instead of carved turkey, consider including tartines with a cranberry reduction on your menu. Serving stuffing as mini muffins and sweet potato casserole in small ramekins will round out the holiday staples of the meal. 

After dinner comes Thanksgiving desserts. If you opt for an appetizer party, feel free to grow the dessert table throughout the evening. Guests will be thinking about pumpkin pie when they arrive, but they might not grab their slice right away. Tarte Normande is a French version of apple pie that is sure to win at your party. The artfully layered apples make this treat eye catching. Mini pumpkin pies arranged on a platter with dollops of whipped cream is sure to be a guest favorite. 

Finishing Touches 

People might not associate Thanksgiving with spiced drinks, but adding a mulled wine and hot chocolate bar is a creative twist that guests of all ages can enjoy. Brighten up the table with sliced oranges, cranberries, apples, and colorful mugs. Arrange cinnamon, marshmallows, and peppermint sticks to allow guests to build their own hot chocolate. It’s an unexpected addition to any Fall party that will provide guests with wonderful memories. 

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