We gather together holiday table ideas help to set an impressive Thanksgiving holiday table.
Getting the look, style, balance, and theme suited to your holiday dining and entertaining scheme requires a certain amount of planning and prep, and that’s where these we gather together holiday table ideas come in.
Design inspiration is often the driving force of my blog content, and I’m amazed at where it comes from at times.
Yesterday, somewhere between trying to locate what bedroom the cat was hiding out in and trying not to lose my religion over the cat and mouse game he loves to play with me, I stopped in the hallway to regroup.
Looking down the hall into the foyer, dining room, and kitchen in more than a glimpse and less than a stare, it dawned on me I truly liked what I was seeing.
Isn’t that the point of the design and decorating grand scheme of things?
I sometimes forget to just stand back and take in the look. My vantage point allowed for a comprehensive viewing from foyer to dining room.
The vintage bamboo chandelier in the foyer.
The wallpaper selection.
The yet once again painted lantern pendant.
The decision to lighten up the dining room color palette.
The placement of artwork.
I like to try new things and new looks, but the traditional personal design style choices I come back to time and time again prove to be the ones I am most satisfied with.
Stay true to your personal style and design, decorate, and holiday table set accordingly is advice I not only give, but practice.
The absolute best holiday table ideas begin with a sense of you.
What suits your style, taste, and personal preference is what best fits the occasion and sets an impressive holiday table.
Create a backdrop with touches sure to resonate with the crowd.
Sure, most of us try to emulate moms-grandmothers-aunties side dish or dessert recipe- that’s a given.
I like to use decorative accents and tabletop pieces that make a shared memories, experiences, and regional commonalities connection with my guests.
Magnolias in glass cylinders cover the Southern aspect of our holiday table.
Fresh flowers or an heirloom bowl filled with fall leaves native to your area set a home for the holidays tone.
Wooden turned candlesticks instantly become I remember these conversation pieces.
A handed down from generation to generation family recipe served in a handed down from generation to generation serving piece is wow factor certified and guaranteed to tug at the home is where the holiday heart is heartstrings.
The heirloom crystal water bottle makes it way from the china cabinet to the Thanksgiving table.
Cocktail glasses in a similar pattern as the ones my dad served holiday spirits in, and goblets in the style of the ones my grandmother used at holiday time to serve her famous orange fluff salad in become a must have addition to the we gather together holiday table.
I don’t give a second thought to using paper cocktail napkins.
Rest assured, the holiday table ideas police will not be hauling you off to tablescape and place setting jail.
I go with the best of both worlds option and use a traditional and a zippy paper cocktail napkin.
Pinecone Coaster Set
The pinecone coaster set from the Hearth & Hand™ with Magnolia line at Target is perfect for the holiday bar cart or sideboard.
4pc. Velvet Trim Napkin
These 4pc Velvet Trim Dinner Napkins pair beautifully with the Gather, Merry, Joy, Peace Pewter Napkin Rings.
Napkin Ring Pewter – Set of 4 – Gather, Merry, Joy, Peace – Hearth & Hand™ with Magnolia
Fresh pears in white bowls is a simple and elegant suggestion.
I pick up gold-rimmed white stoneware bowls from Dollar Tree and keep an eye on the produce section selection of seasonal pears.
For approximately $2.00 per place setting you can add a fetching look to the Thanksgiving holiday table.
Gold-Rimmed White Stoneware Bowls, 7 in.
I take into consideration the cornucopia of styles among my decorista friends, family and readers when offering holiday table ideas.
Modern tiered layers of clear acrylic complemented by alternating negative spaces make up the ultra chic Collins Acrylic and Metal Taper Holder from Williams-Sonoma Home.
An impressive holiday tablescape does not have to be expensive or difficult to achieve. Place the focus on folk, food, fresh, flavor, and fun.
My comical husband suggested I call this hosting tip “f” the holidays.
Holiday hosting humor is a fabulous stress buster. Dave is in charge of levity, and is brilliant at it.
We’ve still got the December holidays to decorate, entertain, and tablescape to and the holiday budget to manage.
Items that pull double duty justify the initial price of admission to the holiday tablescape party.
This is the exact reason I go with white plates with gold rims and serving pieces in November to December holiday friendly colors and patterns.
My Place Louisiana Appetizer Plates (Set of 4)
I’m embracing the home is where the holiday heart is theme with these Magnolia drinking glasses and Louisiana appetizer plates.
The combination of a natural wood pattern plate charger gold-rimmed white dinner plates, and the look of vintage antique silver sentiment flatware makes a striking statement.
Make new serving pieces friends, but keep the old.
One is traditional silver, and the other, Millennial gold.
Melrose Gold Serving Bowl
I love a holiday twofer, and a Merry Thanksgiving gift draw is a fun and giving family and friend activity to partake in at the end of the Thanksgiving meal.
For many years, Dave the Builder and I along with another couple and their daughter spent Thanksgiving week at Chicot State Park before the kids got to the age of I’m bored.
Three bedroom, 2 full bath lodge with fireplace, satellite television, cellphone and WiFi service second to none, scavenger hunts, hiking trails, midnight runs to spot deer, owl and raccoons, stay up and sleep in as late as you want boring.
Not exactly what I would call roughing it.
Striving to keep things new, fresh, and in the holiday spirit, I came up with the hot cocoa and hat draw holiday kick off.
The moms would make hot cocoa, and the dads would light up the fire ring late Thanksgiving day afternoon.
While we were enjoying hot cocoa and getting back to nature, we would pass a hat around with each of our names in it.
Each of us drew a name from the hat, and the planning began.
When we drove into the neighboring towns to antique and Black Friday shop, each of us would buy a kick off the holidays gift for the person whose name we drew from the hat.
We set a $5.00 limit, and the rule was the gift had to be something the recipient talked about on Thanksgiving day or night.
Part of the fun was seeing how attentive and creative we could get with our gift selections.
A quick stop at the dollar store for a small Christmas tree, gift bags, and reindeer bells to ring round the campfire completed the process.
The kids loved it, and the big kids got into it as well.
Our kick off the holidays hot cocoa and hat draw gifted each us with a great memory.
“Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.”
– Dr. Seuss
I’ve tweaked the tradition a bit, and now it’s the We Wish Family and Friends a Feast of a Happy Holidays Season favor gift give.
Brass wishbone figurines stay in theme and make a lovely We Gather Together holiday keepsake.
Decorative Walnut Box – Silver – Threshold™
Dave the Builder votes for giving each guest a decorative walnut box and calling it the we’re all nuts favor.
Home is where the Holiday heart is, and ours beats strong here at Places In The Home.
Our holiday celebrations are all about honoring traditions old and new, making meaningful memories, sharing the holiday love with family, friends, and readers, and offering holiday table ideas, holiday decor finds, suggestions, stories, and sources.
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