Holiday Hostess Tips



We are hosting our family for Thanksgiving this year – our first time! – and I am so excited. Any excuse to use the fine china, right? I love Thanksgiving, from spending time with loved ones to the delicious meal to reflecting on all that we have to be grateful for. I’m setting the table with our wedding china as well as some elegant ribbon trimmed napkins that I found last year, so all that’s left to do is the menu and florals. I’m thinking of creating an arrangement based on our china, and drawing inspiration from the rich color palate of golds reds, greens, and whites. How darling would these be on each plate too? I might have to pick some up! In addition to planning our tablescape and dinner, I’ve also been thinking about how to be a great hostess and make for a special and memorable evening for our guests. And so, here are a few of my holiday hostess tips. Enjoy!

Quick Tips

Holiday Hostess Tips


Plan ahead! From the menu to the florals to taking an inventory of your serving pieces and dishes, map out all of the details in advance

Create a day-of timeline

Set the table a day or two ahead

Check with guests on dietary restrictions before creating a menu

Not a cook? Enlist the help of a fabulous caterer to handle the meal

Use place cards. This will help guests feel more at ease, and encourage great conversation

Print off menus for each place setting

If someone offers to bring a dish or wine, take them up on it!

Prep the powder room

Light candles and play music to create beautiful ambiance

Have beverages and appetizers ready for your guests when they arrive