Thanksgiving Entertaining Tips & Trends

Hi! I’m Julie Blanner & I was named Better Homes and Gardens Entertaining Blogger of the Year! I share effortless entertaining, home design & thoughtful gift ideas on my blog, julieblanner.com! Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays because it’s not only okay to graze, but it’s encouraged. It’s where rustic & relaxed style are embraced & we take time to truly enjoy a great meal, family & friends. I enjoy creating a table setting that allows for great conversation & flexibility so that I can relax & enjoy dinner as well. Today I’m sharing my favorite tips, trends & finds for Thanksgiving entertaining!
Thanksgiving ideas
Choose some make ahead dishes:
Prepare side dishes & appetizers in advance, when possible, to eliminate stress once your guests arrive.
 
Don’t be afraid to mix metals:
One trend I’m obsessed with this year is copper! Copper mugs aren’t just for moscow mules. I’m serving apple cider with cinnamon sticks in them. I can’t get enough of gold flatware either!
Thanksgiving trend
Create your own centerpiece:
Use a bowl or platter to create a centerpiece in just a few minutes!

Thanksgiving table setting
Thanksgiving table setting

5 minute table runner | 5 minute apple & pear centerpiece | 5 minute gathered centerpiece

Preset the table:
Setting the table adds both ambience & convenience. Even if you’re serving buffet style, place napkins & silverware at each place setting. If you’re serving at the table, add appropriate plates. Always preset wine & water glasses to minimize your tasks as a host or hostess during dinner. Don’t be afraid to mix & match china & glassware.
 
Keep your guests entertained with activities:
Grant yourself time to put the finishing touches on the meal without stress, keeping your guests entertained with activities.
free printable thankful for cards
Free printable thankful for cards are a fun way to reflect on the year. Keep & share them after dinner!
Test your  family & friends knowledge with a free printable crossword puzzle
Kids & adults will all enjoy a Thanksgiving word search
free printable Thanksgiving activities
Create a self serve bar:
Create an environment where guests can serve themselves. Learn how to style a functional bar cart here.
Learn how to style a bar cart
This bar cart is affordable & beautiful!
 
bar-cart-target
Relax & enjoy it!
Nothing puts your guests more at ease than making them feel welcome & seeing you enjoy the occasion as well.
Happy Thanksgiving!
Julie Blanner