Thanksgiving?! Can you believe it's less than a month away? Seriously though, where does time go? October 30th already? It's insane.
So, it's time to start getting your house prepared for all of your family members and friends coming over! SO today I am sharing 10 easy and affordable tips to have your tablescape looking in tip-top shape that will even surprise your rude Aunt *insert rude aunt name here*.
Setting your table may sound like the easiest thing to do (a table cloth, plates & silverware), but if you want your table looking like one of those drool worthy Pinterest pictures (which I know you do, because that's why your reading this right now), then implement these easy and affordable ideas for the perfect table setting.
HOSTING NECESSITY #1: PICK A COLOR SCHEME
This is the part of decorating my table that I find to be the most difficult! There are SO many stunning fall color schemes you can go with and so many drool-worthy pictures of tablescapes on Pinterest that I basically just want to copy every single one of them (including the one in this picture above^, thank you Casa de Perrin). ANYWAYS, the goal here is to nail down a color scheme that you will stick with throughout the entirety of your table setting. An easy way to decide on a color scheme is to first assess where your table is. Will you be eating outside on the patio, or in a formal dining room? Either way, the color schemes should change.
If you are eating outside, I recommend sticking with fall colors that flow and play off the colors of the trees. Use orange pumpkins as pops of color, on an all white table cloth, with lots of mini white pumpkins throughout. Throw some gold chargers down, with classic plates with perhaps a simple green leaf pattern to them. Remember to somehow bring in pattern to break up all the solidity!
HOSTING NECESSITY #2: MAKE IT PERSONAL
It is super important to make each and every guest in your house feel warm and welcomed! An inexpensive and easy way to do this is to assign seats by placing name tags at each seat! Doing this will let people know where they are sitting without confusion and it will make it known to them that they have a personal seat in the house, that you took time to do just for them!
My favorite way to make it personal is to write their name on a mini pumpkin in cute and artsy cursive, or if you want to get real fancy, you can type up custom made cards for their silver way to be held in! You can order these awesome cards HERE!
DESIGN TIP #3: SET THE MOOD
Lighting is everything and what better way to create ambiance other than candles?! Layer those candles all over the table. I'm talking a variety of candles too. From tall pillar style candles in the center to create height, to medium sized, all the way to tiny tea lights inside some cute little lanterns. Layering lighting across the table between your greenery and mini pumpkins will be the cutest addition to the table and will really set the tone for the rest of the evening!
DESIGN TIP #4: POLISH YOUR SILVERWARE
There is literally nothing worse than going over to someones house and seeing disgusting food crusted on silverware from their crappy dishwasher or finger prints from their hangs, or even worse, ugly water stains which represents lack of attention to detail.
Be that hostess with the mostest that has that sparkling clean silverware and people just can't wait to dig in with their bright & shiny utensil!
DESIGN TIP #5: DON'T FORGET TO HAVE ALCOHOL
Let us not forget that no one gets through Thanksgiving dinner without alcohol. WE ALL have dysfunctional families, and if you think you don't, then your probably the dysfunctional one, but lets save that topic for another time/place. ANY WHO, get your self a bar cart if you don't already have one! Bar carts are such a statement piece and a great focal point for the dining room! THIS is a super cute bar cart, & THIS ONE TOO! Be sure to get cute bar cart accessories such as THIS and THIS and layer your bar cart with cute mini pumpkins, lots of DRINK WARE, and of course lots and lots of different kinds of alcohol.
That's all from me for now :)