Thanksgiving Dinner Party Essentials

Thanksgiving Dinner Party Essentials

Thanksgiving is without doubt my favorite holiday — beautiful tables, great food, and none of the stress associated with the winter holidays. This is the perfect time to reconnect with loved ones whether they be family or friends. So first things first, if you haven’t yet made your travel arrangements, the time is NOW!

Thanksgiving Dinner Party Table Decor

Last year we hosted Thanksgiving in San Diego – here is a peek at our tables! In complete disclosure – since we live in San Diego, beautiful weather made it possible for us to host Thanksgiving outdoors.  Simple solar powered patio lights and lots of candles provided enough light even after sunset.  As you can see, we tried to mix elegant with fanciful touches.

Thanksgiving Table Setting  Thanksgiving Floral Centerpieces   Thanksgiving Place Cards

Truthfully, we had a tough time choosing which Thanksgiving design aesthetic to go with since like most of you both sides of our family have their own unique visual tradition.  We wanted a look that would unite both sides yet mimic neither.  Matt’s family has traditionally been involved in the wine and liquor business hence I choose the wine bottle candelabras to add drama and height to the table.  I played with different color candles but ultimately settled on ivory – sometimes, simpler really is better. The mini Wild Turkey place cards were designed mostly to engage our large crowd of twenty-somethings and to serve as ice breakers for a group of cousins who don’t see  one another often enough. I picked up the mini – bottles at BevMo.  I could not find them anywhere online so ended up driving from store to store throughout the county to gather enough.

The centerpieces I fell in love with instantly when I saw them the week before at our local farmer’s market. Thank goodness I ordered them because my original idea of making my own on Thanksgiving morning would have added way too much to an already full day.  As it was I needed to cook 3 turkeys and all the fixings fresh that morning.  At the last minute I ordered a few  water pitchers to add color to the table and to resolve the constantly re-filling water glass issue. I ordered them from Plow & Hearth but just checked and although they still have Harvest Blessing Hand-Painted ceramic dishes, the pitchers are no longer available.  I did find a few of my Harvest Blessings Pitchers still floating around on Amazon. I also added a few small gourds and pumpkins to the table that I picked up at the grocery store.

I did not have enough fine china to set all three tables so I decided to rent the extras.  My fine china pattern is Lenox Autumn which looked beautiful on the table and I supplemented with extra fine china solid ivory dishes. At each place setting I either used my Lenox salad plate or dinner plate so that every place had a touch of color.  In the end, I went with champagne colored satin napkins, sterling silver flatware and sterling silver napkin rings (that was my big splurge) and choose not to use my Waterford Lismore Crystal Stemware in favor of cleaner-lined Riedel glasses.

As we said before, there are so many great looks – mix and match to create your own unique Thanksgiving style!

Thanksgiving Dinner Party Invitations & Stamps

It has taken me a bit to get used to but my husband’s family always sends Thanksgiving invitations.  Although this tradition may seem a bit formal, it is actually quite lovely.  Each year the invitation itself sets the tone for that year’s Thanksgiving festivities.  Moreover, the actual receipt of the invitation ignites conversations and anticipation about seeing aunts, uncles, and cousins galore.  We even look forward to guessing what valuables the new batch of toddlers will inevitably break.

 Let's Give Thanks Thanskgiving Invitations  Dazzling Gratitude Thanksgiving Invitations

Thanksgiving Party Invitations from Tiny Prints

Festive Autumn Foliage Thanksgiving Party Invitations   Giving Thanks Thanksgiving Party Invitations

Thanksgiving Party Invitations from Minted

Gobble Gobble Thanksgiving Invitations   Thanksgiving Dinner Party Invitations

Thanksgiving Party Invitations from Paper Culture

Be Thankful Thanksgiving Dinner Invitation  Feathered Friend Thanksgiving Invitation

Thanksgiving Party Invitations from Zazzle

Don’t Forget The Stamp!

Add one of Zazzle’s adorable Thanksgiving themed postage stamps to spice up your holiday invitations even further. Your guests will love this extra touch!

Pilgrim Couple w/ Turkey - Thanksgiving Stamps Thanksgiving Autumn Fall Leaves Pop Tree Holiday S Postage Stamp Vintage Thanksgiving Turkey Stamps

Pilgrim Couple w/ Turkey StampsFall Leaves Postage Stamp Vintage Thanksgiving Turkey Stamps

 Happy Thanksgiving US Postage Stamp Vintage Thanksgiving Postage Stamp Happy Thanksgiving Fall Swirls Stamps

Happy Thanksgiving US Postage StampVintage Thanksgiving Postage StampHappy Thanksgiving Fall Swirls Stamps

Tablecloths

Turkey Festivities Tablecloth Glenwood Fall Leaves Tablecloth

Turkey Festivities TableclothGlenwood Fall Leaves Tablecloth | Not Pictured >> Fall Gatherings Thanksgiving Tablecloth | Harvest Splendor Tablecloth

Flowers & Table Centerpieces 

It doesn’t take much time on PartyIdeaPros.com to figure out we love fresh flowers. The deep, warm hues of autumn make for some fabulous flower arrangements. Here are a few of our favorites!

Place Cards & Holders

Mini Wheat Sheaf-Natural Thanksgiving Place Cards

Mini Wheat Sheaf-Natural Thanksgiving Place Cards

  Turkey Place Cards  Pilgrim Die Cut Thanksgiving Place Cards

Turkey Placecards | Pilgrim Die Cut Thanksgiving Place Cards

  Metal Turkey Place Card Holder & Napkin Ring   Kraft Turkey Thanksgiving Place Cards

Metal Turkey Place Card Holder & Napkin Ring | Kraft Turkey Thanksgiving Place Cards (Also available on Amazon)

         I am thankful for Thanksgiving seating cards    Felt Leaves Thanksgiving Place Cards

Calligraphy I Am Thankful Letterpress Cards | Felt Leaves Thanksgiving Place Cards

 Jardin D' Automne Thanksgiving Place Cards   Maple Leaf Thanksgiving Place Cards

Jardin D’ Automne | Maple Leaf 

 Grateful Thanksgiving Place Cards   Be_Thankful_Seating_Cards

Grateful | Thankful

 Handmade Turkey Place Cards   Turkey Seating Cards

Turkey Place Cards | Turkey Seating Cards

 Happy Thanksgiving Turkey Place Cards   Gold Floral Place Cards

Happy Thanksgiving | Gold Floral

Thanksgiving Dinner Place Cards

More Thanksgiving Place Cards >> Fall Flowers | Leaf | Wood Slice | Pilgrim Hats | Mini-Wheat Sheaf

Thanksgiving Place Card Holders

  Rustic Real Wood Place Card Holder    Glass Bauble Place Card Holder

Rustic Real Wood Place Card Holder | Glass Bauble Place Card Holder (available in lots of autumn colors!)

Another option is to DIY and print your own Thanksgiving place cards. It really is quite easy to make professional looking cards, just make sure you use good quality card stock paper. Printable Thanksgiving Place Cards

Printable Thanksgiving Place Cards

DIY Wild Turkey Thanksgiving Place Cards

DIY Wild Turkey Thanksgiving Place Cards >> Name ties made with Post-It Removable Tape and a single red self-adhesive rhinestone to give it a finished look.

Thanksgiving Menus

Holiday menu cards are not only an elegant addition to your table, they will help your guests pace themselves and will help your guests with dietary restrictions and “picky eater syndrome” plan their meal options (yes, we made that term up – but you all know friends and family who all into that category.)  Minted offers some beautiful menus or design your own.

            in the park thanksgiving menu

ThanksgivingMenu Cards

Serving Dishes & Utensils

Thanksgiving Side Dishes Set of 4 Pumpkin Thanksgiving Porcelain Pumpkin Shaped Serving Platter

Thanksgiving Side Dishes Set of 4 PumpkinPorcelain Pumpkin Serving Platter

Spode Woodland Turkey Footed Cake Plate Spode Woodland Turkey Square Chip and Dip Serving Set Spode Woodland Turkey Rectangular Platter

Turkey Footed Cake PlateTurkey Square Chip and Dip Serving Set | Turkey Rectangular Platter

Turkey Collection Spreaders Fall Leaves Utensil Holder Thanksgiving Salt & Pepper Shakers

Turkey Collection Spreaders Fall Leaves Utensil Holder Thanksgiving Salt & Pepper Shakers

Harvest Blessings Hand-Painted Ceramic Dishes

Harvest Blessing Hand-Painted ceramic dishes,

Dinning Essentials

With everyone feasting on so many delicious dishes there will surely be way more dirty dishes than any of you would like to wash. Try going with some festive disposable plates and napkins, especially for your appetizer and dessert courses.

Thanksgiving Tableware

Thanksgiving Tableware

Assorted Thanksgiving Plates and Harvest Napkins Thanksgiving Falling Leaves SetThanksgiving Blessings Disposable Dinnerware

Assorted Thanksgiving Plates and Harvest Napkins Thanksgiving Falling Leaves Set |  Thanksgiving Blessings Disposable Dinnerware

New!

 Thanksgiving Elegance Party Supplies Harvest Party Supplies Turkey Fun Party Supplies

Thanksgiving Tableware, Paper Goods & More

We are loving these fun, festive Thanksgiving beverage napkins >> perfect for cocktail hour and desserts.

 Gobble Til You Wobble Thanksgiving Beverage Napkins Personalized Thanksgiving Napkins

Gobble Til You Wobble Thanksgiving Beverage Napkins | Personalized Thanksgiving Napkins

Get Your Fat Pants Ready Thanksgiving Beverage Napkins

Get Your Fat Pants Ready Thanksgiving Beverage Napkins

Recently, we have been using tea towels as napkins at our dinner parties. We generally lay them over the top of our dining room chairs but have also placed them underneath our plates and let them hang off the dining room table.  What we like best is we can re-use them every Thanksgiving.

  Thanksgiving Give Thanks Tea Towel   Thanksgiving Thankful Grateful Blessed Tea Towel

Thanksgiving Tea Towels

 gratitude-thanksgiving-tea-towels   oh-snap-thanksgiving-tea-towels

Gratitude Tea Towels | Oh Snap Tea Towels

Or, if are up for the dishwashing challenge and yes, we pretty much always use china when entertaining, consider using one of these lovely Thanksgiving or fall themed dinnerware sets. And of course don’t forget your fall themed cloth napkins and napkin rings!

Lenox Autumn

Lenox Autumn

Thanksgiving Turkey Dinnerware Set    Fall Leaves 16 Piece Dinnerware    Golden Foliage 16 piece Dinnerware Set

Thanksgiving Turkey Dinnerware SetFall Leaves DinnerwareGolden Foliage Dinnerware Set

Plaid Pumpkins Cloth Napkins Turkey Cloth Napkins

Plaid Pumpkins Cloth NapkinsTurkey Cloth Napkins

Harvest Pumpkin Napkin Ring Vine Napkin Rings Bronze Acorn and Oak Leaf Napkin Rings

Harvest Pumpkin Napkin RingVine Napkin RingsBronze Acorn and Oak Leaf Napkin Rings

Coloring Turkey Die Cut Placemat Sheets

Coloring Turkey Die Cut Placemat Sheets

Other Thanksgiving Table Decor

Autumn Mixture of 12 Artificial Gourds and Pumpkins    Artificial Fall Maple Leaves

Artificial Gourds and PumpkinsArtificial Fall Maple Leaves

Fall Leaves Confetti  Real acorns

Fall Leaves Confetti | Real Acorns

 happy_thanksgiving_ rectangular_cheeseboard thanksgiving_hostess_gift_round_cheeseboard happy_thanksgiving_rectangular_cheese_board

Happy Thanksgiving Rectangular Cheese Board | Thanksgiving round cheeseboard | Happy Thanksgiving Cheeseboard

 Gold Dipped Ceramic Acorn Salt and Pepper Shakers   Acorn Cheeseboard and Spreader Set

Gold Dipped Ceramic Acorn Salt and Pepper Shakers | Acorn Cheeseboard and Spreader Set

Black Stagecoach Lantern    Wine Bottle Candelabra

Black Stagecoach LanternLED Tealights Candles | Wine Bottle/Large Craft Beer Bottle Candlelabra

Place a Thanksgiving Cracker directly on your plates or even horizontally, above your pates!

Thanksgiving Pilgrim Character Crackers

Thanksgiving Pilgrim Holiday Crackers

Be Thankful Mini Thanksgiving Cracker

Be Thankful Mini Thanksgiving Cracker

Add chic modern vintage charm to your Thanksgiving celebration this year with bunting banners, centerpieces, table signs and more designed by Minted’s community of independent artists and customized by you.  This design will also work for most autumn parties.

Thanksgiving Dinner Party Desserts

Personalized Fall Cookies Mini Holiday Brownie Favor Pops

Personalized Fall CookiesMini Holiday Brownie Favor Pops

 Turkey with Hats Cupcake Kit  Personalized Thanksgiving Candy Box

Turkey with Hats Cupcake Kit | Personalized Thanksgiving Candy or Nut Box

Pumpkin Truffles    Thanksgiving Fortune Cookie Pail

Pumpkin TrufflesThanksgiving Fortune Cookie Pail 

  Thanksgiving Milk Chocolate Turkey Table Favor     Sees Candies Milk Chocolate Turkeys

Thanksgiving Milk Chocolate Turkey Table Favor | Sees Candies Milk Chocolate Turkeys | More Thanksgiving Chocolate Turkeys

Thanksgiving Dinner Party Recipes 

Every family has its own Thanksgiving Day traditions. Some prefer a casual atmosphere, others have a more formal supper, and many add their own ethnic flavors to the traditional American fare.

The Menu Turkey Stuffing (our family has an ongoing debate as to whether you should cook it inside or separate from the bird) — there are many, many different recipes from which to choose Turkey Gravy Sweet Potato Casserole Mash Potatoes Vegetable (the traditional green bean casserole is now often replaced with a healthier mix of grilled vegetables including asparagus, brussel sprouts, beets, green beans, and whatever else is fresh and available — lots of color is key) Cranberry Sauce and any family favorites (ie you might want to throw in Yorkshire pudding or something distinctly British, just to personalize the dinner) ..

Not convinced your local grocer carries the specialty items you would like to serve this Thanksgiving? Order everything from Dean & DeLuca!.

Complete Turkey Dinner

Complete Turkey Dinner (Ingredients) Delivered to Your Door

Now that you have the ingredients check out these easy to follow video recipes from Michelin-Starred celebrity chefs!!!! It really is amazing how you can learn to cook a fabulous Thanksgiving dinner from the comfort of your own kitchen!

Desserts Apple, Pumpkin, and Pecan Pies Drinks

   Martinelli's Gold Medal Sparkling Cider    Sparkling Cider Mini Bottles  Thanksgiving Paper Straws

Serve wine from America!
 Washington Wine Duo      Sonoma Wine Country   Sonomas Alexander Valley Duo

Wine and Wine Accessories

      fall-leaf-wine-bottle-stopper   Personalized Holiday Stemless Wine Glass

Save time and gas. Buy your dinner wine and gift wine online! Wine Legacy Sonoma Wine Country Champagne Gift Crate

We love using wine bottles with wine bottle candelabras on our Thanksgiving tables. One year myour husband brought home good wine but it had an ugly generic style label. Need I say more. I ended u running out at the last minute to find some “pretty” wine bottles. If I had thought about it, printable Thanksgiving wine labels would have been a perfect solution.

  Personalized Thanksgiving Wine Labels  Wine Bottle Candlelabra

Printable Thanksgiving Wine Labels | Personalized Thanksgiving Wine Labels | Wine Bottle Candlelabra

Thanksgiving Dinner Party House Decorations

Wreath of the Season  Preserved Zinnia Garden Wreath Preserved Sunflower Wreath

Thanksgiving Wreaths

Personalized Thanksgiving Banner Thanksgiving Turkey Personalized Banner

Personalized Thanksgiving Banner Thanksgiving Turkey Personalized Banner

Thanksgiving Turkey Mylar Balloon Fall Leaves Latex Balloons Thanksgiving Fall Leaves Balloon

Thanksgiving Turkey Mylar BalloonFall Leaves Latex BalloonsThanksgiving Fall Leaves Balloon

Inflatable Turkey w: Pilgrim Hat Lighted Thanksgiving Turkey

Inflatable Turkey w/ Pilgrim HatLighted Thanksgiving Turkey

Starry String Lights Harvest Figurine Set Scarecrow Fabric Door Greeter

Starry String Lights | Harvest Figurine Set | Scarecrow Fabric Door Greeter

Pumpkin Tapestry Garden Flag        Thanksgiving Garden Flag

Pumpkin Tapestry Garden FlagThanksgiving Garden Flag

Thanksgiving Dinner Party Games

Nowadays there’s nothing that shouts USA tradition louder than football! Bring family and friends together with some light hearted competition indoors with football video games or outdoors with a short football scrimmage.

Madden NFL 15 Standard Edition    Madden NFL 25

Madden NFL 15 Standard Edition – Xbox 360, PS3, PS4, Xbox OneMadden NFL 25 (2014) – Xbox 360, PS3, PS4, Xbox One

Wilson NFL Super Grip Official Football Flag Football Deluxe Set All Conditions Football - Orange

Wilson NFL Super Grip Official FootballFlag Football Deluxe SetAll Conditions Football – Orange

 Or, bring the fun directly to the dinner table with some get-to-know each other better games or thanksgiving bingo. For the thanksgiving printable games try purchasing a bundle of various different games then break your guests up into teams and compete to see which team can complete all the games first!

The Thanksgiving Game    Jingo Thanksgiving Thanksgiving Box of Questions

The Thanksgiving Game Jingo Thanksgiving | Thanksgiving Box of Questions

Funny Thanksgiving Dinner Party Costumes & Apparel 

Make the Day Last a Year

Photo Memory Book

Don’t let this memorable day fade away with the setting sun. The next day, when all is still fresh, log onto Shutterfly to create photo books, memory calendars, and even photo thank you notes or create a 5×7 photo card announcing the day, time, and location of your next celebration.

Photo Books | Calendars | Photo Gifts

Thanksgiving memories binders   thanksgiving recipe binder   your family thanksgiving binder

More Thanksgiving Essentials!

Party Hearty!

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