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November 12, 2018
Despite the hustle and bustle (and hours of creative research), what I love most about Thanksgiving is gathering with my friends and family to just be thankful, to share a meal and simply spend some time together. It’s what makes the prep totally worth it. Today I’m taking away the burden of research and sharing a few tips on how to create a special dinner table that is memorable, beautiful and …(wait for it) stress-free!
Tip #1 | Rent your table decor. I like having a different look every year, but buying new china and linen for each holiday can get expensive quickly. Not to mention, I would have to own a storage unit just for Thanksgiving décor! Instead, renting your linens, the table settings and the extra tables and chairs you need allows you to create an entirely new look in your own dining room, without spending as much. It’s also the perfect way to explore new styles you wouldn’t spend the money to own.
Tip #2 | Hire a professional for flowers. My big splurge is ordering a beautiful centerpiece from a local florist. Arranging flowers is well beyond my skill set, but having a gorgeous floral centerpiece adds so much to the table. This option allows any novice to make a beautiful statement on the table, and enjoy fresh flowers in your home for the rest of the week!
Tip #3 | Let your kids help. I love using a dinner party as the opportunity to teach my kids some of the things that just aren’t commonplace anymore. For instance, I can show them how to properly set a formal table with place settings, offer tips on being a good host and hostess and all the while, I’ve built in quality time we can spend together.
Tip #4 | Don’t forget the paper! You know I swoon over paper details. So, of course I believe that the perfect way to finish a holiday table is with beautifully styled menu cards and place cards. But don’t let that intimidate you – it doesn’t have to be expensive. You can order a digital download from an online stationery company and print them at home or at your local printer. The menu cards add a nice touch of formality and the place cards make every guest feel a little extra special.
Tip#5 | Create a gratitude activity. Even with family and close friends, having a conversation starter at the table can be fun and get everyone engaged as dinner begins. One of my favorite things was to create cards with a joke on one side and a gratitude prompt on the other side. We shared plenty of laughs and suffered no shortage of being thankful for each other.
I hope these tips inspire you to create a gorgeous, unique tablescape for your own holiday. Have you discovered any fun tips you want to share? I’d love to hear them!
Venue – 433 Bishop
Catering – Chez Montier
Design + Planning – Michelle Gainey, Lemiga Events
Floral – C Wayman Design
Linen – I Do Linens
Stationery – Reverie Lane Designs
Rentals – Peachtree Tents & Events
Photography – Janet Howard Studio
Video – Joel Adrian
Makeup – Scoobie West
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