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Do's & Don'ts for the Thanksgiving Table

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When it comes to hosting Thanksgiving each year, I’ve gotten more and more comfortable with my ability to throw things together last minute. No family wants the host/hostess stressing out the week before the big day. I recently invited a few friends over to my house for a fall feast. Were my plates all matching? No. Did the napkins match? Definitely not. But we ended up having a blast and no one really seemed to care.

Here are a few Thanksgiving table Do’s and Don’ts that will hopefully inspire and alleviate your anxiety levels pre-turkey dinner.

DO use butcher paper as a table runner! No need to go out and spend a fortune on fresh linens that will only get ruined by spilled gravy. I have a large spool of kraft paper I keep in the closet and cannot tell you how many times I use it for various things like wrapping paper and place settings.

DON’T disappear in the kitchen for hours and enlist the help of your guests. Thanksgiving should be a time where everyone pitches in to help.

DO listen to dietary restrictions and make sure to have dairy-free, vegan options as needed.

DON’T make your guests wait until 10pm to eat on an empty stomach. Set a start time and stick to it!

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DO make a toast to kick off the dinner!

DON’T forget to have vegetables. Planning a well balanced meal is super important to being a host.

DO have rolls on the table. Period.

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TIPS FOR GUESTS

Don’t have your cell phone out or on the table. Just leave it in your bag or pocket.

Do help with clean up. Even if the host/hostess denies help, be sure to at least take your plate to the kitchen.

Don’t forget a gift for the host. A candle, nice bottle of wine or desert option goes a long way.

Do say thank you for the amazing dinner!

Don’t be shy to send a thank you note as a follow up.

What is your top Thanksgiving Dos and Don’ts? Leave a comment below!

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  • Such a simple and charming classy table setting look! Love ❤️ it much! ♥️♥️♥️
    Merci for the always helpful tips.

    🍂🍃LA BIJOUX BELLA 🍂🍃| by mia | A Creative Lifestyle Blog

  • Em

    Love the idea of using butcher paper as a runner!
    xo,
    Em
    http://www.organicallyemily.com

  • theblackblush blog

    Great tips! Love the the table setting!
    xx

    The Black Blush

  • Ray

    That’s a simple yet chic set up.

    http://www.underaytedray.co.uk

  • i’m hosting a friendsgiving dinner next week 🙂 thanks for the great tips! any tips on where to get 10-12 dinnerware and flatware sets without breaking the bank?

  • Rach

    These are great tips and totally agree with your do’s and don’t!

    http://www.rdsobsessions.com

  • These are all such great tips and they are totally relevant for Christmas dinners too!

    x
    Shloka
    http://www.thesilksneaker.com

  • Darling my one tip to add is arrive on time , this not a party this is a dinner! Nothing stresses the host more
    than throwing the timing off.
    Jandrew
    Dress The Part
    http://www.jandrewspeaks.com

  • Christine Kwasny

    Don’t bring cut flowers that aren’t already in a vase. No host/ess wants to have to drop everything to find a vase. If you bring an item to share, be sure it’s ready to serve (completely prepared with serving utensils) – you were invited to bring a dish – not prepare it in the host’s kitchen! Know when to say good-bye – the hosts worked hard to prepare and will be happy to see their guests come – and go.

  • Crystal Rose Cathcart

    I love making a playlist in advance of hosting the meal so I have music to motivate me in the kitchen as well as in the rooms they will be hanging in. Music creates a great vibe, even if you are not in the room to control the mood! It also helps make the stress of cooking on a busy day more fun!

    • Crystal Rose Cathcart

      BTW I use Sonos to manage that experience nicely

  • The Gold Lipstick

    Absolutely love it!!

    Mireia from TGL
    https://thegoldlipstick.com/