Thanksgiving is a wonderful opportunity for friends and families to come together in joy and gratitude and create lasting memories. The food, libations and laughter are more often than not of epic proportions. Check out these five last-minute ways for you to make this another Thanksgiving for the books.
1. Extraordinary Tablescape
Create a stunning setting for lively conversation and warm feelings of gratitude at your table. Adding some color with fall-hued flowers or the unique texture of moss can truly set your table apart. Keep it elegant with candles in soft golds and simple patterns, if any.
2. DIY Features
Make your guests feel extra special by designing quick, custom features. Create a placemat from parchment paper, which will match perfectly with any tablescape you design, and give your guests a chance to reflect on what they're thankful for. You'll spark laughter and joyful conversation while enjoying a delicious meal. You can also put their name on the placemat to serve as their place card.
3. The Ultimate Bar Cart
Give your guests the ultimate water cooler by creating a stunning bar cart stocked with all the ingredients to create the perfect tonic. If you are so bold, you can also place recipes of autumn-style elixirs in front of the strategically placed ingredients or pre-make them in glass milk bottles. Here you'll find creative and delicious cocktail and drink recipes from the ultimate host, Martha Stewart herself. If you're just starting to build your own, take a look at the anatomy of a perfect bar cart from Red Envelope.
4. Leftovers Station
Send your friends and family home with Thanksgiving leftovers to enjoy for days after. Gather takeout packaging and print these creative labels from Kojo Designs to create a memorable leftovers station.
Pumpkins can be used in so many ways and in so many places around your home to bring in the fall feelings. Using pumpkins as a house marker can spruce up your front door and help your guests find their way. If you want to go the extra mile, you can carve your house number into the pumpkin and light it up with a candle. You'll make sure your guests can see it in the dark if your porch light isn't bright enough.
Happy Thanksgiving! We hope you have the most wonderful holiday filled with love, joy and gratitude.
Hosting Thanksgiving or Friendsgiving at your house? Tell us if you tried any of these tips out and how they went! Have a suggestion for next year's blog post about decorating? Tell us in the comment section below and don't forget to subscribe to our newsletter!