The holidays are one of my absolute favorite times of the year. It’s such a wonderful opportunity to relive sentimental traditions and create long lasting memories with our families. This year is particularly special since I’m going to be hosting Thanksgiving for the first time EVER. If you’ve ever hosted a holiday dinner before, then I’m sure you know how stressful it can be. With Thanksgiving just days away now, I wanted to let you guys in on some of my tips to create the perfect holiday tablescape – and entertain without all of the headache. Plus, you can create the perfect set up without spending a fortune! From chic flatware to the perfect bar cart, you can pull your home together with the help of eBay!
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1. Plan ahead
Planning is crucial for any type of party and it’s one of the most important steps for setting the mood. Since I definitely don’t want to be the host who runs around doing last minute prepping, I try to do as much as I can in advance. I recommend taking stock of your fancy flatware and serving ware ahead of time. Also, start thinking about what kind of menu you’ll have – and the setup you want at your dinner table. This will give you time to pick up extra decor or plating – and even swap a few things out if needed.
2. Pick a color scheme or theme
I love decorating and setting up my tabletop during the holidays. You can make this process easier by starting with a color scheme or theme. My decor style is modern and cozy with a touch of glam, so I went with stacked plating, metallic flatware, and mixed glassware. Mixing different glasses and plates together will give your dinner table a less formal but unique touch.
3. Get creative with your decor
You don’t have to spend a lot of money on decorations for a festive look. You just have to get creative. Although not entirely necessary, cloth napkins, tablecloths, and/or a table runner can all change the vibe of your table. You can complement it with fall decor such as pumpkins, a dark floral bouquet in a vase, and berry garlands. Candles are also a great way to set the mood – I’m obsessed with gold candle holders.
4. Have a proper drink station
Although there will be no wine for me this year, drinks are always a must at any holiday party. Since guests are usually ready to drink, having a streamlined drink station will make it easier for them. Be sure to have a drink dispenser (or two) on hand filled with a specialty cocktail, a bar cart (always a must), and copper mugs. I love dressing up bar carts with mini pumpkins, eucalyptus or antlers for a more festive touch.
Let me know how you guys make hosting easier around the holidays!
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