November 23, 2016

Last Minute Thanksgiving Entertaining Tips

Picture from Randi Garrett Design

Picture from Randi Garrett Design

Hi, loves! Entertaining for the holidays can be so fun with all the different creative ideas out there, but it can get a little stressful too. After all, Thanksgiving is one of the biggest family holidays of the year.

If the hosting baton has been passed to you, I have a few last minute tips to make your Thanksgiving the best ever.

Buffet is the way. Interactive food stations are the perfect solution to this big family meal. A buffet is fun and easy to pull together. If you can, go with white porcelain serving dishes. It’s amazing how the colorful food ingredients pop against the white. The best thing about the muted dishes is that the brands don’t have to match. To add height and dimension turn a bowl upside down and rest the serving platter on top.

Don’t skip your fruits and veggies. If you’re looking for beautiful décor but don’t want to break the bank, stop by the farmers’ market or your local grocery store. Seasonal fruit and vegetables make the best Thanksgiving tablescapes. Try gourds, apples, pomegranates, cabbages, or pumpkins. The produce with add an array of color and a layered look to your table.

Turn on the lights. When planning wedding receptions for my clients, one of the most important elements of the room is lighting. Entertaining at home shouldn’t be any different. Select white tapered candles if you want a classic and timeless look. Or, opt for rich burgundy or chocolate brown tapers for a more romantic edge. Here’s a bonus tip: Avoid scented candles. The aroma can overpower the smells from the kitchen.

DIY at the B.A.R. Set up a self-serve bar for your guest. Stock up on one or two spirits, but provide a variety of mixers. Sodas, diet sodas, tonics, bitters, and juices will satisfy most palettes. Chop up garnishes before guests arrive, and you will be good to go. Now, you can focus on your guests, and they can focus on their glass. Please drink responsibly.

After the party is the after-party. So the party doesn’t end with dinner. Stop by your local big box store and pick up some traditional board games, cards, and dominoes. These classic fun games are ideal for after-dinner entertainment, and they are perfect for all ages.

Hope you enjoy these tips and have a happy Thanksgiving.





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