The warm glow of the fire, smell of apple pie, laughter of loved ones, and feeling like you have a food baby and might explode- are all synonymous with thanksgiving dinner.
Thanksgiving though is truly a time for being thankful for what matters most- friends and family (and a really great wardrobe). What better way to show your appreciation for those wonderful people in your life than to host a fabulous dinner?
Since thanksgiving is just around the corner (and I’m not much of a cook), I wanted to do something a little different by showing you how to create a warm, rustic and elegant table setting.
With the help of my friend Amanda (thanks to her for all the beautiful dinnerware), we created a warm & enchanting thanksgiving table setting. We incorporated texture, fall colours, used copper as an accent piece, and created a warm ambiance with the use of candles and string lights. If this is your first time hosting- don’t sweat it (the only thing that should be sweating is the turkey), have fun and add your own personal touch.
Let’s start with the basics.
Table setting guide:
- Always place the fork(s) on the left, knife and spoon(s) on the right
- Provide both water and wine glasses (the way to tell- water glasses are smaller)
- Napkins should be placed on top of the dinner plate
- A charming touch for your guests is to add name cards
- It’s all about layering- start with your table runner. We chose one that is neutral (off-white) with a gold pattern. Gold is festive and fun- perfect for any holiday.
- Add some texture, for this we used whicker plate holders and wooden napkin holders.
- Match your plates to your napkins. Again, we kept these neutral so that everything tied in nicely together. An added bonus- white plates always make food “pop” (perfect for guests to snap chat their delicious meal).
- To create that warm, elegant feel, we used copper as an accent piece. Copper is also the epitome colour for fall when it comes to decor/design.
- To add a rustic feel, we used pinecones as name card holders.
A table setting is only ever complete with a beautiful centrepiece!
- We wanted a centrepiece that would last, is easy to create, and affordable. We started off with a fall wreath wrapped around a copper, glass jar. Inside, we added two sets of string lights to create a warm ambiance.
- Two copper candle holders were also used as accent pieces.
- In keeping with the fall theme, we added tiny pumpkins to the table decor. How cute are these?!
- Larger (plastic) pumpkins were added (these were painted). They tie in nicely with the rest of the colours.
Tips for hosting a dinner party:
- Go with what you know (when it comes to cooking). Make dishes that you’ve whipped up a couple of times (now is not the time to test out something new on your guests).
- Prep as much as you can ahead of time- no one wants to be slaving away in the kitchen all night instead of enjoying the company of their guests.
- Set the table the night before, it’s an easy thing to check off your list ahead of time.
- Don’t stress too much- set the tone for the evening and have fun!
My parents instilled the importance of bringing a gift whenever you’re invited to a dinner party. Wine is always a great idea, but sometimes it’s nice to bring something unique. I’ve rounded up a list of chic gifts to bring for the hostess to show your appreciation (and to help your chances of getting invited back next year).
Gift ideas for the hostess:
- No need to travel to Paris for these macarons! Have these macarons shipped right to your hostess’ address. They are beautifully packaged, come in a variety of colours and delicious flavours: http://payard.com/macarons-cookies/
- A personal favourite of mine- Purdys chocolate. They are elegantly packaged and delectable sweets. Best of all, they’re made in Canada: https://www.purdys.com/seasonal/thanksgiving.htm
- Another guest is bound to bring wine, which would pair perfectly with this lustrous decanter: https://www.onekingslane.com/p/3105203-daphne-gold-decanter.do?refType=&from=Search
- These stemless flutes from Kate Spade are festive and fun- just like the hostess: https://www.bloomingdales.com/shop/product/kate-spade-new-york-pearl-place-stemless-champagne-flute-set-2?ID=1788012&CategoryID=1000232#fn=BRAND%3Dkate%20spade%20new%20york%3B%3BL’Objet%26ppp%3Dundefined%26sp%3D1%26rId%3D108%26spc%3D1730%26spp%3D9%26pn%3D1%7C20%7C9%7C1730%26rsid%3Dundefined
- These candles are a cult favourite and something your hostess is sure to appreciate! They come in an assortment of scents- everything from mimosa to wood fire. The jar itself is so pretty it can be used later as decoration or to hold makeup brushes: http://www.diptyqueparis.com/home-fragrances/best-sellers.html