Hosting a Thanksgiving celebration can be both exciting and intimidating. From the turkey prep to the table settings, nerves and expectations are high. If it is your first year as a host, or even your 20th, we’ve rounded up a few Thanksgiving entertaining ideas and tips that will help make the day satisfying for both you and your guests. Here are a few easy steps to make your Thanksgiving dinner a success!
It Starts with the Table: When it comes to setting the tone for your Thanksgiving celebration, there’s no better place to start than with your table setting. Play off of the natural rich colors of autumn by incorporating deep reds, browns, orange, gold, and green. Select a stunning table runner to drape over the edges of the table, and scatter small pumpkins and gourds as a fun way to incorporate natural elements. Of course, starting with a stunning dining table will provide the perfect landscape for your decor and ensure your guests have adequate seating and dining space. Furniture of Dalton has a stunning selection of in-stock dining sets that you can take home today to accommodate any size gathering or style. From large farmhouse tables to elegant dining sets, we have you covered! Visit our Pinterest page for more table setting ideas.
Gorgeous Roxbury Dining Table at Furniture of Dalton
Exceptional Service: With COVID-19, how your guests are served may look a little different this year. Buffet-style is traditionally a great way to allow your guests to sample all of their favorite dishes. If you have a small gathering with immediate family, this style of dining may suit you well. However, if you are hosting a larger gathering, consider having individual servings lined up so guests can grab and go. Incorporate your serving dishes into your decor for an easy and simple setup.
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Incorporate Kindness: Remember the spirit of Thanksgiving and extend love and grace to your guests by keeping them at the center of your mind when it comes to table decor and food. Keep centerpieces and other table settings at eye level so guests can mingle and chat with unobstructed views. Be sure to ask if any of your guests have dietary restrictions like a dairy allergy or if they are vegetarian. Be sure to have options to accommodate these preferences so your guests feel welcome and acknowledged.
Sweet Endings: At Thanksgiving, dessert is as much of a main attraction as the turkey. Arrange cakes and pies on stands of varying heights to display your sweet spread, or pass cookies and pastries around the table family style. You can also prepare desserts in individual serving containers so guests can grab and go. Don’t forget to serve tea and coffee along with dessert to keep guests alert after the infamous turkey coma that is sure to ensue.
Encourage Lingering: While Thanksgiving is undeniably about the food, the true testament of a great celebration is when your guests want to stay after the meal to mingle and enjoy each other’s company. Help facilitate the lingering with plenty of casual seating. Include a DIY bar for guests to make an after-dinner cocktail. Be sure to enjoy the fun yourself. After all, you deserve it!
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Thanksgiving is truly a time to reflect on all of our many blessings and create cherished memories with friends and family. We hope these tips and ideas help make your Thanksgiving celebration one you will remember and enjoy! As you prepare your grocery shopping list and pull out family recipes, let Furniture of Dalton help you with all your entertaining needs. We have on-stock options for small and large gatherings that you can take home the same day! Visit us on Black Friday and enjoy free same-day shipping within 50 miles of the store. Book an appointment on Facebook, message us on Instagram, or call us today at (800) 262-3132. From our family to yours, we hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration!