Thanksgiving is the time give thanks and enjoy the company of friends and family. There is something special about the combination of delicious food, a beautifully set the table and friendly dinner companions. However, if you're hosting this year, throwing a dinner party can be stressful. Don't be intimidated by the thought of hosting though, you can create a meal that will impress your guests and make you an excellent host with a little planning and preparation. To make your event a success from start to finish, keep these steps in mind for setting up an unforgettable dinner:
1. Theme or no theme?
When you're planning a dinner party, the first thing you need to take note of is whether you want a theme or not. Everyone loves a themed, instagrammable party - they're fun and it'll help you determine your options for food, décor, and drinks. Start with a color scheme - will you go for fall colors or minimalist colors? Either way, make sure you keep it simple and stick to the colors for a cohesive theme.
2. Guest list
Deciding on who will be at your dinner party should be the next thing on your mind. Do you want a small get together or a big group of everyone you love?
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3. Play around with your menu
Well, this next step might be frustrating especially if this is your first time planning a dinner party and don't love cooking. Turkey with stuffing is typically the main attraction of a Thanksgiving dinner, but you can always swap it out with other dishes such as roast beef or lamb. Find out if any of your guests are vegetarian or have any allergies.
If the thought of having to prepare a whole dinner stresses you out too much, you could opt for a potluck dinner or get it catered instead. Just make sure you don't forget the dessert!
4. Get creative with setting the table
Well, this requires more than just placing plates and glassware on the table. This is our favorite part! Start with the base, decide if you want to have a tablecloth or a table runner and always have your theme in mind. Plates don't have to match as long as they fit your color scheme. Accessorize with seasonal fruit such as pumpkins and twigs of eucalyptus.
5. Flowers and Candles
Set the scene for Thanksgiving with flowers and candles, they always make great table decorations. Avoid arrangements that are too tall, as this might prevent conversation during the dinner. The best part about having flowers as table decor is that you don't even have to do the work! Pick an arrangement from our fall collection or create a custom arrangement and we'll have it delivered right to your door.
Music will help your visitors feel more at ease and can set the mood during the conversation. Pick lots of classics that you know your guests will boogie to.
Dinner parties are hard work, but they are still parties nonetheless. Even if something goes wrong, it won't be the end of the world. Relax, have fun, and open more bottles of wine...