How to Host a Pinterest-Worthy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving brings together family and friends, near and far. Some of us may be tackling our first hosting experience, while others are practically professionals. Regardless of your Thanksgiving experience, it never hurts to mix up your home decoration to give the day a warm, festive, thankful feel!

:: Name Cards for Personalization ::
For assigned seating, name cards are the best way to personalize your table setting. Glittery pumpkins with a tag pinned in, names written directly on a paper table cloth, and festive flags are all perfect seasonal touches to each guests’ place.

:: Centerpieces for Warmth ::
Paint tapers gold for a sophisticated, festive feeling, or tie leaves onto glasses with tea lights inside for a warm autumn glow. Either way, the warm flicker of candlelight will keep out the cold of November and usher in the warm conversation that makes Thanksgiving so special.
Adding seasonal flowers to the centerpiece is the best way to bring life to your settings. This season, the most popular choice for flower arrangement is a grouping of seasonally colored blooms set in a pumpkin! Even trendier, set succulents in real or fake pumpkins.

:: Crafts for Kiddos ::
Don’t forget about the little ones—paper place settings and crayons held in a cute paper Pilgrim hat will keep the kids busy so you can prep or simply enjoy your guests.

:: Giving Thanks ::
There are many fun ways to memorialize all of the things you are thankful for. If you have paper place settings, title one side of the plate “What I’m Thankful For” and provide guests with markers to fill their setting in. To add to the decoration, put out a bowl with a sign saying the same, and provide folded pieces of paper for guests to write their gratitude on.

:: Napkins + Cutlery ::
Cutlery is an easy way to incorporate fall leaves or twine into the setting. For a country chic feeling, a burlap sacks make a great holder for forks knives and spoons. To keep it simple and sophisticated, wrap cutlery properly in guests’ napkins.

:: Beyond the Table ::
Hearths are often the warmest part of your home, and the mantle is a great place to add seasonal touches. Add warm candles, a fall wreath, or a banner spelling out Give Thanks to remind guests of the reason for the season!

Still need more inspo? Check out our Thanksgiving Home Decoration Board on Pinterest.

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