I can’t believe the holiday season is upon us already! Where has the year gone? If you’re hosting your first Thanksgiving (or fifteenth!), you’re probably thinking of ways to make your tabletop pop. Whether you’re designing from scratch or simply looking to update last year’s look, here are seven Thanksgiving Day dinner table tips that are sure to make your guests extra thankful this season.
Start your tabletop design with your guests in mind!
Make it personal. Get guests talking early by creating custom place cards that share insights into who each person is. This could be descriptive sentences or words about the person or an item that represents one of their favorite things (like a favorite candy).
Assign seats. Don’t let your guests stress about where to sit. Be thoughtful in your seating assignments and place people next to one another to encourage interesting conversation.
Says thanks to those in attendance. Include notes of gratitude to each of your guests and share why you’re thankful for them. This can be done in a thank you card tucked under a menu or even on their place card, noting words of love and thanks.
Keep decor conversational. Centerpieces should always be lower than the length of your forearm so guests can see across the table and talk to one another. Keep your decor out of the way of your party!
Serve comfort favorites. Everyone has their holiday favorites when it comes to comfort food and sweets. Don’t get too fancy in your menu planning, stick to what you know people will love and come to expect on a holiday.
It doesn’t have to be formal. Craft paper for place mats, foraged leaves from the yard, the decor can be as simple and easy as you’d like. Add in candles to elevate the mood and if you want to keep it easy, you’re ready to go!
Don’t forget the kids. If there are littles ones at your event, include activities at their place to keep them engaged in the celebration too. Crayons or even a holiday-specific craft without a lot of mess can go a long way.
I hope these Thanksgiving Day dinner table tips will help you celebrate with ease this coming season!