Present a warm and festive home for Thanksgiving, and the effort will carry you though the holiday season. Here are 20 items to get you started.
Now that the holiday season is upon us, your to-do list may be starting to feel more like an “I’ll-never-get-it-all-done” list.
Take it one step at a time, focusing first on presenting a warm and festive home for Thanksgiving. The effort will carry you though the holiday season. Here are 20 items to get you started.
In the kitchen
Have smooth sailing on Turkey Day by getting your kitchen prepped to handle the extra workload.
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Stock up on dishes and drinkware — without blowing your entire holiday budget — with the World Market Porcelain Plate Set with Space-Saving Rack ($20–$25) and Stemless White Wine Glass 12-Piece Entertaining Set ($25), both of which will set you back less than the cost of a free-range turkey.
Have plenty of Linen Market Dishtowels ($34 for three at Anthropologie), in understated autumnal colors, on hand to wipe up spills and add festivity to the kitchen.
Infuse a bit of seasonal whimsy with a gorgeously glossy 3.5-quart Staub Cast Iron Pumpkin Cocotte ($150) and Milk and Honey Luxuries’ Eat More Salad Wooden Salad Servers ($35, both at Nordstrom).
Present appetizers on the Thirstystone Bean Shaped Marble & Wood Serving Board ($29 at Nordstrom), a chic complement to cheeses and charcuterie. Then, employ a stunning platter to serve the turkey, such as Williams-Sonoma’s Antique White Platter with Handles ($40–$64), a classic piece you’ll use year after year.
On the table
As the center of the action, the dining table is a fantastic place to infuse holiday cheer and personalize the occasion.
Threshold’s Thankful Placemats ($5 each at Target) are a laid-back yet elegant foundation for your place settings. If you’re feeling crafty, paint your guests’ names or festive words — thankful, grateful, blessed, cheer — onto World Market Wooden Bark Chargers ($16) for a handmade touch.
Going for something slightly more formal but still unstuffy? The rustic Pottery Barn Nubby Table Runner ($39) is charming when topped with elegant silver and gold pieces. Place some big blooms, such as white hydrangeas, in delicate Pier 1 Imports Mercury Glass Apothecary Jars ($32–$40) for a stunning centerpiece. And scatter some tiny Crate & Barrel Pumpkin Candles ($17 for three) around the table for some festive orange color.
Antique-style gold candlesticks, such as the Denby Antique Brass Taper Candle Holders ($13–$20 each at Crate & Barrel), will work during all of your holiday celebrations in the coming months.
Around the house
Welcome guests with a festive message scrawled on Small Zinc Pennant Flags ($18 at Butter Home, Capitol Hill) and, for the front door, the bold Pier 1 Imports Preserved Myrtle Wreath ($90). Hang a Rain City Design Co. Eat Drink and Be Thankful Print ($8 at etsy.com/shop/RainCityDesignCo) in a pretty frame to add a seasonal touch to any room.
When bellies are full and guests are ready to relax, have plenty of super-soft throws available, such as the Threshold Chunky Knit Metallic Throw ($25 at Target) or West Elm’s Cozy Texture Throw ($49), which is available in an array of beautifully muted colors.
West Elm Thanksgiving Phrase Pillows ($39 each) feature playful with phrases such as “Thankful for nap time” and “Hunting and gathering,” and can support tryptophan-induced naps.
Around the room, World Market Birch Bark Candles ($5–$17) add a pretty, natural element and a layer of warmth. Whether your gathering is for eight or 28, friends and family will feel right at home.