Holiday Entertaining

The shorter Autumn days bring warm shades of orange, red, brown and yellow, which in my opinion, are perfect colors to incorporate into Holiday dining and entertaining. Something about this tree in my front yard screams Thanksgiving…

Being that this will be my first Turkey Day as host (oh, joy)…I have had a sudden urge to stock up on all the proper entertaining essentials.  But, let’s be honest, spending mad cash on holiday stuff seems silly- I mean, how frequently do you REALLY get to use your favorite festive decor?  Well, I’ve managed to find some affordable tabletop items that I think you will all love:

I adore the Harvest Entertaining Platters from West Elm which would look great against the dark brown of a mahogony dining table!  The large platter is only $39.00 and the smaller platters are just $19.00 each.

In Turkey Day tradition, my family always starts out with some delicious appetizers, so I’ve been searching for some great app friendly serving pieces (aka small bowls, cheese boards etc.).  I found some modern white serving trays at my local Home Goods store (like these from CB2) but I got inspiration from these great finds as well….

I fell for this simple cheese board and cover at West Elm for only $24.00.

(Not interested in spending the $24.00??  Just use an existing cutting board and a cake stand cover)

Depending on your color scheme, these 9” Leaves Bowls could make a big impression; add a colorful Fall centerpiece or some brilliant table linens and…Tah Dah…masterpiece!

…you could also pair it with these bold dessert plates which only cost $29.00 for the set!

Centerpiece style is easy to come by…simply fill some glass vases with acorns, leaves, and pinecones (available in most backyards or at a craft store for a few dollars), you can make a beautiful display.  Come Christmas, just switch out the leaves and acorns for some holly and berrys.

Our feast is more of a casual occassion, but if you’re interested in making your dining experience fancy shmancy, I suggest printing patterned place cards like these (courtesy of Martha Stewart).

I also suggest checking out Pottery Barn’s website which has a Party Planner tab with helpful tips for being the perfect host.


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