Who is ready for the holidays? Not I! Having returned to my full-time job this year, I don’t have much time for planning. Luckily, I took pictures (with my iPhone) of my table last year, and saved all of my recipes in a folder, which will make this year’s Thanksgiving planning a little easier.
For holidays, I prefer a formal sit down meal. Growing up, my family served holiday meals buffet style, where everyone made their plates before finding a place to sit throughout the house. However, since meeting my hubby, my serving style has changed. My hubby grew up celebrating his family holidays with a formal sit-down dinner. Now, that I usually host the holidays for my hubby’s family, I’ve grown accustomed to a more formal style of serving meals.
One of my favorite parts of planning a holiday meal is decorating the table. First of all, I decide want kind of look I want, then I start my planning. This is where I start pinning ideas on Pinterest. Secondly, I look through my storage to see what all I have on hand as far as candles, plates, chargers, napkins rings, etc. The less I need to buy the better. I will also check through my cupboards to ensure I have enough plates, bowl, glasses, and silverware for all guests. Lastly, I start ordering my rentals if needed, then go shopping for any decorative and/or replacement items.
Last year, I decided on a simple rustic with a touch of elegance style for my Thanksgiving table. Pumpkins, burlap runner, sunflowers and dried flowers gave my table a rustic look, while the gold chairs, mirrored candle holders, and white linen provided elegance. My favorite part of the table were the pumpkin soup bowls which I served Roasted Butternut Squash Soup + Spicy Pecans in. Definitely a hit!
This year, I plan on changing my silverware to gold and maybe my napkin rings as well. Those napkin rings have been around for many dinner parties. For a quick update on those old napkin rings, I cut eucalyptus and placed a branch in each of the napkin rings, for a more cohesive look.
Here is how I decorated last year’s Rustic + Elegant Thanksgiving Table for a party of 14.
- 2 6” x 30: banquet tables
- 14 Chiavari wood gold chair
- 14 Chiavari cotton blend with cushions
- 14 Chiavari hard pad cushions
- 2 White cotton linen table cloths
- 1 Burlap runner, 12 “ x 140”
- 14 Black dinner plates
- 14 Pumpkin soup bowls
- 14 Gold chargers
- 14 Napkin rings
- 14 Napkin
- 14 Small Forks
- 14 Large Forks
- 14 Soup spoons
- 14 Knives
- 2 Glass water bottles
- 6 to 8 Small white pumpkins
- 1 white vase
- Fresh sunflowers
- Dried flowers
- 6 to 8 Votive candles
- 4 Mirrored gold candle holders
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