Thanksgiving gives us all the more reason to spend time with family and friends, eat more food than usual and bring leftovers to work, but above all, it allows us to regroup and rejoice with loved ones about what we’re truly thankful for. But getting to this point might not be easy, especially if you’re gearing up to entertain, feeling the pressure to coordinate an elaborate and festive setting in your home for the holidays.
As you prepare to go through the hustle and bustle this season, here are some creative ways to help make your home Thanksgiving-ready.
First impressions are most important, which means flaunting a chic wreath on your front door is critical. Teasing holiday passersby for what’s in store on the other side, take a page from ELLE Decor and incorporate peonies, scented berries or magnolia leaves on the age-old wreath to greet and impress guests.
Formal Dining for Today
If your family’s Thanksgiving meal calls for formal dining, why not close out 2018 with all the necessary millennial pink accents? Here, we’re getting serious design inspiration from blogger Bre Doucette’s gold-beaded charger plates, crisp white china set and rose gold utensils.
Grounded Yet Glamorous
Making use of succulents instead of standard fall florals can do wonders for livening your home’s atmosphere, especially if you’re looking to create an au naturale look with your Thanksgiving tablescape. Add burlap wrapping, jet-black votives and matching taper candles, and voila—you have an enviously earthy yet sophisticated table setting.
Re-Inventing Old Recipes
Hardy, carb-loaded Thanksgiving stuffing is a solid side dish year after year, but it’s also easy to grow tired of the same old, same old. Experiment with one of Food & Wine‘s 23 creative stuffing recipes. Our favorite is the mushroom and chestnut stuffing with giblets.
Not Your Grandmother’s Turkey
And finally: the pièce de résistance. While a juicy, perfectly cooked turkey is always a crowd pleaser, win over any remaining culinary critics with an extra element of surprise. Swap out traditional fruit garnishes like apples and pears for flavor-bursting blood oranges, or try roasting Bon Appétit‘s chile-rubbed turkey to spice things up.