Whether you’re hosting Thanksgiving for the first time or for the 10th year in a row, putting everything together from food to table settings to living room hangout space for the whole family and making it all look just right can be a huge challenge.
We know that you’re dedicated to creating gorgeous and cozy spaces in your home, and your dining area is just as special as any other. In this post we’ll discuss absolute must haves for your best Thanksgiving family feast and ways to show off your interior design and styling skills while being an excellent host.
1- Focus on Texture
We love adding touches of texture to our decor, and dinner parties are no different. Playing with textures is a fun and subtle yet eye catching way to make everything look more stylish and sophisticated.
Don’t be afraid to show off your personal style by mixing and matching different materials. Try straw placemats or woven plates for serving dinner rolls atop your linen tablecloth or runner. Woven trivets can replace traditional coasters, and you can even treat your guests to wool covered pillows for back support or to simply add a cozy touch as they sit down for dinner.
2- Elevate the Ambiance With the Right Light
The right lighting is powerful. It’s one of the most crucial elements of setting a mood in any space. Including a chandelier in your dining area can help add to the cozy feeling of the room. Fall and winter are all about coziness after all, and choosing a chandelier that emits soft, warm lighting makes all the difference. The warmth of fall scented candles or a fireplace, hot food, and most importantly, the warmth of having loved ones near is what Thanksgiving is all about.
3- Add Some Culinary Color
The traditional turkey might be the biggest dish on the table in movies and advertisements, but what really makes a beautiful display is colorful side dishes, desserts, and meals that are unique to your family and cultures. And whether you eat meat or not, there’s no denying the beauty of a simple vegetarian dish with its natural colors. TheProvençal-Style Tian (pictured above) is a perfect example with its bright red bell peppers, zucchini, eggplant, and yellow squash. Pair vibrant dishes like this with any protein and you’ll have an Instagram worthy dinner party in no time.
4- Add a natural centerpiece
No matter the size of the biggest dish on your table, a centerpiece is still essential. For fall and winter dinner get togethers try dried flowers. They’ll bring a bit of life and color to your table in an elegant way, while still exuding the right seasonal mood. If you’ve already got some flowers on hand and in mind, take a look at our post on how to dry flowers and create your own sustainable DIY centerpiece.
5- Embrace Natural Tones and Shades
Fall is all about the simple beauty of natural colors. Let shades of red, brown, orange, and even beige shine through in your decor. Colorful dishes can come into play here as well as your choice of table cloth, runners, napkins, and more. Every piece of each table setting is an opportunity to add to that fall feeling you’re looking to create.
Remember to Be Thankful
You’ve done it! Your table is set with delicious dishes and stylish settings. Take a moment to sit back, relax, and take in the beauty that you’ve created right in your own dining room. But be sure to remember the reason why you’ve put in all this effort in the first place. The most important part of Thanksgiving is spending time with family, sharing and creating memories, and being truly thankful for it all.
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