Thanksgiving 101: How To Host The Best Thanksgiving Dinner

Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Each year, we feel overwhelmed during this time, especially if we’re hosting the Thanksgiving dinner. So I broke it down for you in this guide to help you plan ahead and enjoy this holiday.

How To Decorate

Although I love cooking, setting up the table and decorating is my favorite part of hosting a party. I love buffet style dinners because that means there’s a lot of space for your guests to eat comfortably and for you to decorate the table center. Thanksgiving is the epitome of Fall.

For the center table piece, think about lots of pumpkins, some dried corn and of course candles to make the dinner more intimate. Play around with different levels, textures, and colors to make a really unforgettable table setting.

You can print the name tags with a cute font or you can write them yourself. This personalized touch will help you plan the seating beforehand, avoiding any confusion. Also, it’s a great way to play matchmaker…

What To Serve

Besides the obvious turkey, stuffing and typical side dishes, make sure you’re well aware of all your guests’ dietary restrictions. This orange beet and goat cheese salad recipe is a perfect starter. This butternut squash recipe is perfect for fall and for dessert this white chocolate chip macadamia cast iron skillet cookie recipe is a definite crowd pleaser!

As for drinks, mulled wine is a great option. It tastes delicious, is festive and a definite crowd pleaser. Also, you can make it ahead of time and keep it on low heat until you need to serve it. Oh and did I mention, it will make your whole house smell like Christmas?

Rob actually makes great mulled wine, so here’s his recipe.

For the kids, some apple cider is a great option!

What To Wear

Thanksgiving is all about family, friends and loved ones. Most likely, the dinner you’re hosting won’t be a black-tie event. Although you can be a little more festive at Christmas parties, on Thanksgiving, it’s more about being classy, comfy and a little more down to earth. Wait until the last minute to change into your outfit to avoid any food stains and make sure you’re looking fresh and put together for your guests. As you’ll be moving around during dinner to serve your guests, make sure you’re wearing something your comfortable in. Ruffly sleeves are cute, but they’re probably a little inconvenient for a dinner party. Keep your outfit simple, and jazz it up with some statement jewelry. Your makeup also should look fresh and minimal, nothing too overdone. Save that smokey eye look for NYE.

Here some outfit ideas:

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Happy Thanksgiving!





    • November 13, 2017 / 10:28 am

      Thank you for stopping by!



  1. November 13, 2017 / 4:01 am

    Oh waht a beautiful table setup! You’ve decorated beautifully!

    We don’t have thanksgiving here in Australia but it does sound like a nice holiday 🙂

    Hope you had a great weekend! We had our family Santa photo taken and I knocked a few more gifts off my list, starting to try get organised for Christmas!

    Away From The Blue Blog

    • November 13, 2017 / 10:29 am

      Thank you Mica. I would love to spend a warm Christmas in Australia one day.

      Have a great week.



  2. November 13, 2017 / 5:10 am

    I’m totally saving this post because I want to do a big Thanksgiving tablescape this year and yours is GORGEOUS!!

    Rosy Outlook

    • November 13, 2017 / 10:30 am

      I’m so happy I gave you some inspo! Let me know how it turns out. You can always tag me on Insta @Loveofmode_ or Twitter @Loveofmode. I would really love to see your take on it!



  3. November 13, 2017 / 5:31 am

    What a wonderful post, Tamara!!!
    The mulled wine sounds fabulous. We’ve made a glog in the past but usually around Christmas—but I may have to try this for Thanksgiving!!

    • November 13, 2017 / 10:31 am

      You have to try it, Jodie. It’s soo good! You’ll want to make it all winter long, trust me.


      Tamara –

    • November 13, 2017 / 10:32 am

      Thank you Courtney!



    • November 13, 2017 / 10:33 am

      I’m so glad you liked it!



    • November 13, 2017 / 10:34 am

      So true. Have a great week hun!



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