Thanksgiving Table Setting Tips | Sponsored by Wayfair

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Sharing my take on the traditional Thanksgiving table setting, with tips on decorating a functional (and fun!) table for your next holiday gathering.

As much as I enjoy a fabulous dinner party, the idea of spending half of the holiday stuffing vegetables inside a dead bird's you-know-what is less than thrilling, to say the least.

Luckily for me, our wedding anniversary is November 24, which just so happens to fall around Thanksgiving year after year after year. As a result, I am usually out of town – or if I'm lucky, out of the country – at the end of November.

But my guess is that you did not click on this article to hear me ramble about my travels, but rather, in hopes of finding tips on hosting the perfect Thanksgiving party. While I may not be an expert when it comes to cooking (I have never even attempted to prepare a turkey!), I can definitely help you with the decorating. 

In honor of the fabulous gatherings I know you'll be hosting over the next few months, I partnered with Wayfair on #TheGratefulTable campaign to put together a feature on setting the perfect Thanksgiving table.

Tip No. 1:
Pick a color palette. Personally, I am a bit tired of the cliché brown and orange hues and instead, wanted to create a refreshing take on a traditional table by keeping things bright and modern. I chose a classic color palette of gold and white with a pop of red and orange.
Tip No. 2:
Arrange your largest decor items first. Typically festive floral arrangements take center stage. Because our dinner table is rather small, I opted for one medium-sized floral arrangement in the center, with some greenery winding its way across the table. Avoid anything that can be obtrusive, because first and foremost, your space should be functional. This tea lights runner from Wayfair is the perfect centerpiece and would look lovely with a eucalyptus garland winding its way between the candles, don't you think? At $20, it's a total steal!
Tip No. 3:

Next, arrange the candles and fruits, or whatever remaining decorations you have, adding visual interest by layering items in the same color but different sizes or heights to keep the tablescape from looking too symmetrical and contrived. I decided to forgo the typical pumpkin and gourd options and instead, combined pomegranates with persimmons for a colorful and more exotic arrangement. I also scattered gold candle holders of varying heights to add sparkle to the table.  

Tip No. 4:
Layer plates to create more interest and contrast. I happened to have a set of matching fine china, but combining patterns and colors gives the space a less formal (read: more fun) feel, so don't be afraid to mix it up! Then add the silverware, napkins and glasses. For easy hosting, I like to pre-fill water glasses before the guests arrive.
 
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What do you think about my take on the traditional Thanksgiving table? Did any of these decor ideas catch your eye? Have you started planning your own Thanksgiving gathering?
Please share you plans (or favorite holiday traditions, recipes, anything!) in the comments section below and be sure to pop over to Wayfair for all of your holiday entertaining needs!

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  2. Your photography is amazing. Love everything and the poms are an amazing touch. Enjoy the day. I loved doing The Grateful Table project with you!

    • Hi Rebecca, Thank you oh-so-much for your positive feedback about my work and for taking the time to share it on your social media channels! We bought an entire box of organic pomegranates since they are in season, so I had to find creative ways to use them before they went bad! :)

    • Hi Jenna, Thank you so much for your overwhelmingly positive feedback about my work and for taking the time to share my post with your readers and followers! You are way too sweet! I hope you had the loveliest of Thanksgivings! Have you started decorating for Christmas yet? XO

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