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5 Tips for Thanksgiving Hosting

Here are our favorite tips for creating a Thanksgiving tabletop that's as versatile and affordable as it is stylish.

1. Pre-Thanksgiving Prep

If you've ever hosted Thanksgiving for numerous guests, you're likely quite familiar with the requisite last-minute scramble to organize the many small details that make the day special. Our number one suggestion to help you retain your wits throughout is: Make a list.

It may sound obvious, but a list started well in advance (2-3 weeks), posted on the refrigerator or a cupboard lets you easily keep track of everything you need instead of relying on mental lists. Begin purchasing a little at a time - décor, centerpieces, table linens, dinnerware and non-perishable foods first, then perishable foods a day or two prior. This will cut down the chances of missing something, so you can focus on the fun stuff on Thanksgiving Day.

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2. Come Together

One of the best investments you can make as a host is getting quality dinnerware in complementary colors and patterns that can be mixed, matched and layered for various occasions and seasons. For Thanksgiving, bring autumnal shades to the top, and in the spring, layer them at the bottom. This way, you can create a variety of looks easily and affordably.

Check out our Mix & Match Plates tool here to see how our versatile plates can be paired!

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3. The Dish on Affordable Serveware

Well-priced serveware with a little personality brings a hint of whimsy to the Thanksgiving table. Serve your bird on our bountiful Turkey Platter for a dash of harvest-inspired style, or add elegant allure with our Embossed Leaf Platter. Plus, we just love bringing touches of nature to the Thanksgiving table. Display an impressive dessert on our rustic Wood Bark Pedestal Stand or load up our Edin Wood Serveware with tasty appetizers.

Want unique fare at the feast? Explore our amazing selection of food and drink from around the world - you'll find ideal side dishes, sauces, desserts and more. Pile some Ardeche Marrons Chestnuts onto a festive platter, and serve Darbo Wild Lingonberry Conserve straight out of the jar! Fill a large serving bowl with freshly made scones (baking's a breeze with our Sticky Fingers Scone Mixes). Pair your favorites with the perfect serveware to serve in style!

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4. A Feast for the Eyes

Choosing a beautiful color scheme for your tabletop is half the fun of holiday decorating. Our rule of thumb is, if your colors can be found among the naturally turning autumn tree leaves, they're perfect for your Thanksgiving table. Our unique table runners, tablecloths, placemats, chargers, cloth napkins and napkin rings are all options for creating an eye-catching display.

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5. Front and Center: Decor

Use our budget-friendly decor to bring a sense of drama and style to the dining table and all the main entertaining spots in your home. And get creative! Use our Mini Natural Fiber Turkeys as personalized placeholders for your guests. Or, use our Turkey Scalloped Plates as candleholders. Garland, harvest wreathes laid flat, and dried grasses all make for gorgeous textured centerpieces. Explore our assortment of unique and affordable decor to see what inspires you!

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