Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Thanksgiving Table Decor Inspiration

With Thanksgiving just two days away, it is pretty tough to think about much more than menu and decor, specifically table decor, since that is where most of your Thanksgiving guests will be. Since D and I have lived in our house over the last five years, we have been so fortunate to be able to have hosted Thanksgiving 3 times at our place. I absolutely love nothing more than being the host for fun holiday events, I tend to get a little carried away, but everyone has fun and enjoys themselves which is the most important part, right? The decor is usually for my own personal pleasure, and also because the former preschool teacher in me can not help but get a little excited about themed decor!

This year, we will not be hosting any of the holidays at our house, we decided to take a pass and are excited to get to spend time at family's houses for the holidays, but if you know me you know that not hosting does not stop me from pulling out all of the decor, I can not help myself! We will be spending Thanksgiving Day at my mom's house (tradition for my side of the family), and even though I am not the 'official' host, anytime there is any event at my mom's house, I tend to like to pretend I am the host and take over the decorator role. I couldn't help but browse the internet for some beautiful table decor inspiration and figured many of you were in my same shoes and probably looking for some last minute inspiration yourself!

Since we are sort of in crunch time, I picked out some of the more simple, easy, DIY decor using items you probably already have around your house. I love clean, simple, decor, and as you can see in my own table decor, I also like to add a little bit of chic touches of gold here and there.

(my current table decor)

I love the simplicity of this.

The pop of purple is just so pretty here!

Super user-friendly, I love that every item shown can be picked up at a grocery store last minute.

I am always a sucker for gold!

Again, the simple and clean look is always the most chic and not too fussy.

Fresh flowers, the way to my heart!

Here are a few tips for setting up your table:

1. Don't set anything up higher than eye level. There can be nothing else more annoying as a guest than not being able to see the person sitting across the table from you because of the 7 foot tall candle holder in the center of the table.

2. Be sure to use scentless candles if adding any candlelights to your table. This may sound like a no-brainer, but I will admit that I have made this mistake on accident in the past, and the combination of vanilla scented candles and turkey just do not mix! 

3. Do not overcrowd the table. I know I am not alone in feeling like I can't function when I am surrounded by clutter, and as gorgeous as full, jaw dropping tablscapes can be, once the plates start filling up and the food bowls start getting passed around and set all over the place, your guests can start to feel squished very quickly! Keep in mind that one shouldn't have to place their wine glass down in its spot like a puzzle piece.

I am so excited for Thanksgiving to be here. I have so much in my life to be Thankful for, as you know I share with you all of my joys and pride regularly, but mostly, I am so happy to have some nice family time. I am excited to see Rajan play with his cousins, uncles, aunts, and grandparents... and I can't wait to see him share in some of the same traditions I grew up with!

I can not wait to see all of your Thanksgiving photos via social media. Remember to keep the mood light and simple, relax, and enjoy the day, ultimately your guests may not remember how many candles you had on your table, but they will remember how great of a time they had. My number one tip as a host, don't be so busy that you can not even hold one single conversation with a guest! 

Now who is excited for some Turkey Day pie?!?

With love,

(photos 2-6 shared via Pinterest)