November 12, 2013

5 Tips for Thanksgiving Entertaining

This post is sponsored by West Elm.  All content and opinions are always 100% my own.

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and if you’re like most people, you still don’t have all of your details ironed out for the holiday yet.  Don’t worry!  Here’s 5 tips for Thanksgiving entertaining:

5 tips for Thanksgiving Entertaining


Make your home smell great

First things first – there’s just something about the smell of the holidays that brings up so much nostalgia.  Smelling last week’s dirty laundry and your cat’s litter box just doesn’t work for entertaining.  I love to use Simmer Potpourri to freshen up my house before guests come over – I bet you already have most of this on hand and can just put them in a pot quickly before people come over!

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I also die over candles, and this West Elm sage leaf candle is such a hearty holiday scent:


Add some metallics to your décor:

Metallics are big this year.  Silver or gold – it doesn’t matter!  I personally love mixing them.  I got these amazing napkins from West Elm that have the perfect silver sheen to them:

west elm ikat napkins

Oh Happy Day made the cutest metallic leaves for her table – I love this idea!

Metallic Leaves Table Decor | Oh Happy Day!

Or you could make little metallic pumpkins like these for place cards (from Wedding by Color)


I added a metallic touch with a mirror I found at a thrift store.  I added some “berries” (clearance last year at a craft store) and candles.  SO EASY!

thanksgiving centerpiece

Or you can freshen up your table décor with these modern salt & pepper shakers from West Elm:


Step away from traditional colors

There’s something refreshing about stepping away from the traditional browns, orange, and yellow.  I love the soft neutrals used in this tablescape:

autumn tablescape

Going back to the metallics – I love gold & black this year!  How perfect does this look – paired with wood it’s so perfect!



Apparently Destiny from A Place For Us loved black and gold too – look at this inspiration board she made – isn’t it just perfect??

Cream Gold and Black Thanksgiving Table

Add some mixed prints:

Mixing prints isn’t just a big fashion trend right now, but it’s also so great when you can mix prints in home décor!  Add a little spice to your Thanksgiving table with these amazing mixed print bowls from West Elm – I am in LOVE with mine!  Remember – they don’t have to be traditional “Thanksgiving colors” – just get something you like, and then you can get use out of them year-round!

Pad Printed Bowls - Gray Ikat

west elm table setting

Make a new drink

Yes, pumpkin and apple pies are still the classic desserts and should not be forgotten.  BUT spice things up a little bit with a new drink recipe this year – like these adults only Bourbon Pumpkin Pie Milkshakes:

Bourbon Pumpkin Pie Milkshakes I


Or this refreshing looking Apple Cider Sangria:

Apple Cider Sangria I


If you’re staying away from the alcohol, or if you need a drink that is totally kid-friendly too, you NEED to try this White hot chocolate with caramel & toffee:


West Elm is offering 20% off of all tabletop décor until November 26th – so make sure you head over to their site so you can freshen up your Thanksgiving décor in time for company!

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Thanks again to West Elm for sponsoring this post.  All content and opinions are always 100% my own.

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