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Thanksgiving Tabletop, Two Ways

Thanksgiving Tabletop, Two Ways — on @SavvyHome

EFFORTLESS ENTERTAINING IS ALL ABOUT PLANNING AHEAD AND KEEPING THINGS SIMPLE.

Thanksgiving is now officially a week away, which means it’s time to get the tabletop ready to avoid last minute stress. Entertaining can be a little overwhelming, so I’ve learned to keep things simple. To come up with the best tablescape, start with basic items that you already own (in this case antique silver flatware and quality wine glasses) and build around them to create the right setting for your Thanksgiving soirée.

 

Centrepieces can be as simple as pillar candles nestled in a long magnolia garland—or vintage sterling silver candlesticks and seasonal harvest pickings. If you’re budget conscious, search for vintage and antique finds. You’ll be surprised what you can dig up. Once you have your tabletop concept, follow Martha Stewart‘s tips below to be ready come the big day. To shop the Thanksgiving tabletops, just click on the + signs on the graphic above.

 

ONE WEEK AHEAD

Decide how to set your holiday table and label your serving dishes one week before

Note dishes that your guests are bringing to avoid a shortage of room on your table, or a lack of platters

Lay out all of your place settings to ensure that you have ample plates, utensils, and linens

Press your tablecloth and linens beforehand, and set them on the table until the big day

 

MORE ENTERTAINING ESSENTIALS

Image via Jewels of New York.

Gab Loves: A Holiday Soirée

Gab Loves: Holiday Soirée — on @SavvyHome

Cooper & Ella generously offered to gift me this effortless white Addison top below, and I can’t wait to wear it at a holiday soirée this year, paired with leather pants, a bold red lip, a statement pump and these to-die-for ear jackets. The detailing is so gorgeous—there’s a slip in the back too, making it just a little bit sexier. If I was going out I’d wear it with a warm cocoon coat, buffalo check scarf and wool hat. If I was entertaining at home, I’d accessorize my apartment with furry extra seating, a new coffee table book and cool slate place cards for the table.

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30 Hostess Gift Ideas for All your Holiday Parties

30 Hostess Gift Ideas — Holiday Gift Guides on @SavvyHome

NEVER SHOP FOR A HOSTESS GIFT LAST-MINUTE AGAIN

Party invitations tend to sneak up on you last minute during the holidays — and unless you’re really organized (or Martha Stewart) you’re stuck buying a last-minute gift at the only store that’s open (the pharmacy) and wrapping it in the car before heading to the party or worse, grabbing that really nice bottle of wine you were saving for a special occasion from the cellar to give to the host… Sound familiar? I’m ashamed to say it happened to me a few too many times.

The good news is that there’s a really easy solution to that problem: the gift pantry — a designated place in your house to keep all your hostess gifts and gift wrapping, ready to grab-and-go at any moment. No more last minute gift runs. Now, I order all my hostess gifts at the start of the season — for every type of person and budget — and shop my own personal gift pantry in the comfort of my home when I need it. Trust me when I say it saves so much time and headache. Here are a few hostess gift ideas that are on my radar this year.


 

 A FEW MORE IDEAS…

Even more gift ideas on the Savvy Home Shop & Pinterest.

Image: Photography and food styling by Diana Yen. Additional prop styling Sarah Storms for Lonny Magazine.

Build a Gallery Wall in 5 Steps with Buddy Editions

Build a Gallery Wall with Buddy Editions — on @SavvyHome

LIMITED-EDITION ART PRINTS FROM EMERGING ARTISTS AROUND THE GLOBE

Build a Gallery Wall with Buddy Editions — on @SavvyHome

I feel so inspired when talented bloggers launch creative initiatives, especially when it’s just in time for holiday shopping. Enter Buddy Editions, an online art gallery that features exclusive limited-edition art prints from artists around the globe. The project is the brainchild of  blogger and co-founder of Matchbook Magazine, Katie Armour. I’m so impressed by the first collection that features a wide photography, prints, watercolors & paintings. Here are a few of my quick tips for building a gallery wall:

 

Mix media: photography, paintings, watercolors, etc.

Choose one bigger piece to be the focal point

Have fun with different types of frames

Mix classic and contemporary

Re-arrange until happy

 

Check out Buddy Editions.

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