Ideas for a simple, natural Thanksgiving tablescape and stress-free holiday
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Hello, friends. Can you believe that Thanksgiving is just around the corner? Where has this year gone? I’m excited because Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. It’s got all the good things – food, family, and a festive atmosphere, without the pressure of finding just the right gift without blowing your budget.
But it’s not completely stress-free, especially if you’re hosting Thanksgiving dinner. So today I’ve teamed up with Decoy wine to give you some tips for a simple, natural tablescape and for making your Thanksgiving a stress-free day. Here are some great ideas:
Thanksgiving Tablescape & Stress-Free Holiday Tips
1. Keep the place settings simple
If formal China is something you love, then by all means use it. But a casual, rustic Thanksgiving table setting is always welcome at our home. No hand washing required on these dishes.
2. Make a simple, natural centerpiece
Keeping the theme simple and natural with your centerpiece is as easy as a trip to the grocery store.
For this casual centerpiece all you need is some seasonal produce, greenery, and nuts. I used pears, persimmons, walnuts, and hazelnuts in a wooden bowl and placed it on top of a few eucalyptus branches. A simple burlap table runner anchors it all.
Some birch-wrapped pillar candles were added for a little height.
And a few dried hydrangeas and pressed leaves make up the rest of the filler.
3. Offer your guests a few appetizers
Keep your guests happy while the final preparations are being made to the main meal by offering a few items to snack on. Cheese, nuts, dried fruits, and meats only take a few minutes to set up but can give you plenty of extra time to finish making the turkey and dressing. I picked up all of these items at the grocery store.
4. Serve great wine
Elevate your occasion by serving Decoy wine and other beverages. They have a wonderful variety of wines to choose from so you can be sure that all of your guests have their favorites. And the holidays are always better when your guests are happy.
Plus, since these are serious wines within reach, you can rest easy knowing that you don’t have to bust your budget to have great wine.
Tips for a less stressful Thanksgiving dinner
In addition to these tips, here are a few more things you can do to make your Thanksgiving less stressful and more enjoyable.
- Plan your menu at least 2 weeks ahead of time.
- Clean out your refrigerator and freezer ahead of time to make room for everything.
- Buy groceries the week before Thanksgiving – turkeys take at least 3 days to thaw if frozen.
- Prepare and freeze anything you can ahead of time and simply thaw and warm it on Thanksgiving. Most desserts freeze well.
- Set the table the day before Thanksgiving.
- Accept any offers of help or food from guests.
- Do any heavy duty cleaning the week before and just touch up everything the day before.
- Most importantly – Remember that it’s more about being thankful than anything else.
Finally, after all the guests have gone, put your feet up and toast yourself for a job well done.
Are you hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year? Let me know of any other tips you have for making it stress-free.
And be sure to hop over to Decoy to see all of their great wine choices and include some in your celebration.
Thanks for dropping by!
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