5 Thanksgiving Decorating Tips with Pottery Barn

As an event designer and stylist it’s no secret I love to entertain and host dinner parties! So you can imagine how thrilled I am that, now that we have moved into our new home, we are able to host our first Thanksgiving! We moved in this summer and have had so much fun putting the finishing touches on it hoping it would be done in time for the holidays, and it is! I teamed up with Pottery Barn to share some of my entertaining and design tips I have learned along the way and show you what I plan on doing for this special day as we give thanks.

1. Candles, candles and more candles!
Even if you don’t have a formal dining room and are hosting at your kitchen table, candles always make a meal feel special.

2. Make it personal.
Place cards are not only pretty and functional, but they add a personal touch for your guests. Think outside the box — here we used gold leafed mini pumpkins and tied satin ribbon to their stems after adding names to the ribbon with a gold paint pen.
3. Prepare for last minute guests.
For extra seating, consider using an upholstered bench if you have one, rather than folding chairs or mismatched chairs from another room. It will look more intentional and you can fit more people on a bench.
4. Give guests everything they’ll need.
I like to have each place setting done with everything they will need for the meal, from salad plates and soup bowls to dinner plates, wine glasses and water goblets.

5. Make a statement.
I decorated this table with one big statement arrangement in the center of the table. It will take up space, but I think it is worth having a beautiful floral arrangement on the table for guests’ arrival.

PS: Need to save on space, but still want flowers?
I love how floral designer Juli Vaughn decorated the space above the table, too. If you have a chandelier, add some greenery and berries to it with floral wire and you will have beautiful décor even when there is no room on the table.

Be sure to check back next week as we share part 2 and 3 of this amazing shoot!  

Flowers: Juli Vaughn
Styling + Concept: Ashley Pepitone + Camp Makery
Photography: Haley Sheffield
Recipes + Food: Simply Catering

Pottery Barn featured favorites: Feather Stoneware PlatesWishbone Napkin RingsHarvest Hunter Plaid Table RunnerLady Amhurst FeathersEmma Serve Bowl

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