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Last Minute Thanksgiving Ideas & Hostess Tips

Last Minute Thanksgiving Ideas & Hostess Tips

Did Thanksgiving sneak up on you? Here are some last minute Thanksgiving ideas to help you have a stress-free and pretty Thanksgiving holiday complete with hostess tips and a pretty tablescape, obvi. 😉 Happy entertaining, friends.
Photography by Jacqui Cole Photography.

Last Minute Thanksgiving Ideas

Serve a welcome cocktail at the door. 

Welcome guests with a tray of self-serve cocktails. Prepare a large batch in advance and just before guests are scheduled to arrive, pour over ice and serve. Try a cocktail fitting for fall like a spiced pear cocktail.

Recipe: Spiced Pear Cocktail
12 oz Vodka
Seeds of 1 vanilla bean
Dash Cinnamon
Sliced pear for garnish
Blend & serve over ice
(makes 8 cocktails)

As you all know, I’m obsessed with tablescapes so here’s a last minute Thanksgiving idea for styling your tabletop.

Add an unexpected element. 
Impress your guests with a fun and unique element. We created individual charcuterie boards for each guest which is a cute alternative to a large charcuterie board. For another impactful moment, we repurposed a large round candle holder as a focal point floral centerpiece.
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Thanksgiving Tablescape Inspiration

Thanksgiving Tablescape Inspiration

I cannot believe Thanksgiving is next week! While I usually go all out, we’re doing a super low-key Thanksgiving this year but that doesn’t mean you have to! Today I’m recapping some of the Thanksgiving tablescape looks I put together last year to inspire you to kick your Thanksgiving entertaining up a notch. 🙂 Click on the links to check out the original blog post with a lot more photos, tips and recipes for each tablescape.

Organic Boho Thanksgiving Tablescape

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See more from this tablescape here. This Thanksgiving tablescape features a soft, organic color palette of neutrals and green. A macrame runner provides texture and gourds and artichokes act as centerpieces. Floral arrangements of white flowers and succulents alongside speckled dinnerware and silver and wood accents create an organic yet refined Thanksgiving tablescape look.

Get the look:

organic-boho-tablescape1. Le Creuset Braiser  / 2. Boho Inspired Menu / 3. Wilder Dinnerware / 4. Silver Goblets/ 5. Woven Napkin/ 6. Wood board / 7. Mini white cocotte /  8. Macrame runner / 9. Metal Dining Chairs / 10. Ceramic vase

Moody Black & Red Thanksgiving Tablescape

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See more from this moody black and red tablescape here.Read more

Six Tips for Hosting a Fall Dinner Party

Six Tips for Hosting a Fall Dinner Party

Fall has officially arrived! In Florida, that means it’s still summer. The struggle is real. But with cooler evenings on the horizon (I’m hopeful) and the holiday season upon us, this time of year is perfect for entertaining. Today I’m serving up some inspiration for hosting a fall dinner party that merges elements of summer with those of fall for the perfect dinner party to celebrate the new season.
This project has been featured over on The Sweetest Occasion, a great entertaining blog to follow! Thank you, Cyd for featuring our shoot!

Tips for Hosting a Fall Dinner Party

 

1. Take it outside!

The beginning of fall is the perfect time to take your gathering outside and enjoy dinner in the crisp air. Backyard entertaining doesn’t have to be boring. Our use of a soft linen runner and gold flatware elevate this gathering, proving that a backyard dinner party can be elegant.

2. Serve a garden-to-table inspired menu.

A garden-to-table dinner is a great way to provide an ode to fall by featuring autumn hues and ingredients. The warm tones and autumn vegetables suggest fall while served alongside bright white dinnerware quintessential of a summer soiree, the perfect way to celebrate the end of summer and beginning of fall.… Read more
Impress your Guests with this 4th of July Party Idea

Impress your Guests with this 4th of July Party Idea

Vintage All-American 4th of July Party

Summer is here and it’s almost the 4th of July! Are you planning a 4th of July party? Today I’m sharing inspiration for a vintage all-American 4th of July party featuring a killer burger bar and tablescape with traditional Americana elements like vintage soda bottles, Cracker Jacks and motorcycle vibes.

Check out this awesome 4th of July stationery! You should know by know that I’m a big fan of sending coordinating invites when hosting a party.
What better way to celebrate 4th of July than a burger bar? To style our vintage all-American burger bar I used vintage soda crates, an American flag backdrop and vintage accessories. Burger labels coordinate with the invitations. Look at those cute motorcycle cut outs I love the idea of displaying French fries in these friers! You could even place one at each place setting for your guests. Indigo textiles, wood tones and vintage books round out the display.  Vintage-inspired condiment containers are a must! Home Depot has some, they’re awesome!
4th of July party decorating can be pretty!… Read more

A Citrus-Inspired Spring Brunch

A Citrus-Inspired Spring Brunch

Citrus-Inspired Spring Brunch Entertaining

Happy Spring you guys! Today I’m sharing a citrus-inspired spring gathering with you. Nothing says spring better than vibrant hues of orange, yellow and pink coupled with citrus!For our springtime tablescape we used sliced and whole citrus (oranges, lemons, limes and grapefruit) paired with stunning spring blooms in vintage milk glass with an airy runner. Isn’t that pink peony a STUNNER!?! If you’re taking your gathering outdoors, don’t be afraid to bring some furniture outside. For our citrus-inspired spring brunch, we used a vintage yellow hutch to house drinks and a long console table for the brunch buffet with coffee, pastries and mini doughnuts.
We hung the adorbs mini doughnuts off of a vintage bottle drying rack and used tangerines as place card holders by tapping a toothpick to the place card and sticking it gently in the fruit. Need an idea for favors or a hostess gift for your spring-themed affair? How about mini marmalade and biscuits? (Complete DIY instructions and recipes coming ‘atcha soon!)Vintage coffee sacks coordinated with the coffee and pastry bar perfectly and crates of oranges completed the look.  … Read more

PRETTY ST. PATRICK’S DAY INSPIRATION

PRETTY ST. PATRICK’S DAY INSPIRATION

Pretty + St. Patrick’s Day? YES, FOLKS! St. Patrick’s Day entertaining doesn’t have to be filled with cheesy decorations, it can be pretty too! Even to those who don’t like shamrock green. You be the judge. Check out this pretty St. Patrick’s Day inspiration I whipped up.

Pretty St. Patrick’s Day Inspiration

Can we talk about this watercolor shamrock stationery? So soft and pretty and it set the perfect tone for our concept! I love the idea of incorporating stationery for any gathering you are hosting. It makes the event feel more special and if you everyone loves receiving something in the mail. When ordering stationery, think beyond the invitation and integrate it into the evening as well. We knew we would have an Irish whiskey bar, so our genius stationery designer designed a custom card for the bar. If you have a variety of drinks or desserts, labeling them with custom cards that coordinate with the invitations is a great way to make the event cohesive.  For the tablescape I started with a soft linen runner along the center of the table.… Read more

Pink Boho Christmas Gathering + Pink Hot Cocoa!

Pink Boho Christmas Gathering + Pink Hot Cocoa!

I can’t believe Christmas is right around the corner! I’m not ready to give up Christmas music, apple cider and holiday decor just yet…and I’m certainly not ready to stop trying to inspire you guys for your holiday entertaining either! Today I’m sharing a cute al fresco concept for a holiday party, girls winter gathering or even a New Years party. How about a pink wonderland tablescape with a low boho table, poufs and pillows, sequins and pink hot cocoa???  If you guys follow me on Instagram, you may have seen the sneak peaks of today’s project on my story a few weeks back. I was inspired by a beautiful image from an Anthropologie catalog earlier this year featuring a low boho table under an oak tree with moss and lanterns hanging from it. I have the perfect oak tree so I decided to use that setting as inspiration for an al fresco, PINK boho Christmas tablescape and of course a bar cart! Huge thanks to Emily Katharine Photography for capturing the day perfectly, per usu.

A Pink Boho Christmas Occasion

woodsy gold and pink antler invitationI love these invites for a pink boho Christmas party!… Read more

Edgy, Glam Holiday Party Inspiration

Edgy, Glam Holiday Party Inspiration

OK you guys! Get ready for some glam holiday party inspiration!green-holiday-party-inspiration

Remember how I told you guys I used to own a vintage rental and styling company? Well, before closing the doors to my business, I did one last wedding styled shoot hoorah with my dear friend Emily. You guys know Emily, she snapped the pics in my post about how to host an easy Fall brunch. A “styled shoot” in the wedding industry is when a lot of wedding vendors come together and basically put on a fake wedding. Each vendor typically donates their time and services in order to network, exercise some creative freedom, push boundaries and/or experiment with new techniques, and everyone involved gets the images to use for marketing. We enlist everything you would need for a wedding, down to the “bride” and “groom.” I conceptualized and styled the shoot, and I couldn’t have asked for a better team for my last wedding shoot with my industry friends!  Annnndddd I’m so happy that my favorite wedding blog, Green Wedding Shoes, featured our work!

Glam Holiday Party Inspiration

Now, on to the shoot.… Read more

THANKSGIVING TABLESCAPE IDEAS: PART 3

THANKSGIVING TABLESCAPE IDEAS: PART 3

Organic, Boho Thanksgiving Tablescape Inspiration

Today is the last day of my three part tablescape inspiration series (sniffle sniffle). To recap, part one was a soft pastel pink and gold tablescape, part two was an elegant tablescape with black and deep red. It was such a fun project and I’m so psyched that our tables and my tips for entertaining this Thanksgiving were featured on Style Me Pretty Living as well as a second feature for the cocktails! I’m also so honored to have worked with Le Creuset who provided some of their amazing enameled cookware for the project! I hope I inspired you guys to do something a little different this year! The last and final tablescape I’m sharing is an organic, boho Thanksgiving tablescape and I think this one is my favorite. I mean, I love them all, but this one has some super cute touches. Here goes!

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That’s the #dalydigs yard, by the way 😉green-and-gray-fall-table

For this table, I used a macramé table runner – the one from my giveaway, remember? The color scheme focused on neutral colors like ivory and gray with green, pops of purple and silver accents.… Read more

THANKSGIVING TABLESCAPE IDEAS: PART 2

THANKSGIVING TABLESCAPE IDEAS: PART 2

Moody, Elegant Thanksgiving Tablescape Inspiration

Hey there, folks! Happy week before Thanksgiving! We’re back today with part 2 of our “one table, three ways” tablescape project and today we are sharing all the details for a deep red and moody, elegant Thanksgiving tablescape! If you didn’t see yesterday’s post, head over and check that out, because not only is it all about making your Thanksgiving table pastel and gold, I shared the whole backstory on the project. And in case you didn’t know, Style Me Pretty Living, featured our project yesterday, which makes me super, duper excited!

OK, ready for table number two?? It’s a lot more dramatic than yesterday’s table! Here goes…

Elegant Thanksgiving Tablescape Inspiration

mismatched-romantic-dining-seating upholstered-dining-seatingFor this elegant Thanksgiving tablescape, I wanted to show an eclectic seating option featuring a sofa on one side. Isn’t that vintage tufted sofa amazing!? We used black chairs on the other side. If you want to change up your seating options for Thanksgiving entertaining, reach out to local rental companies. Chair rental fees range from $7.00-$15.00 and some will allow you pickup to save on the delivery fee. … Read more