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How to Set a Welcoming Thanksgiving Table – Home, Hearth and Holidays with BHGRE®

Design pro Kaitlyn Du Ross Walker firmly believes your holiday table needs nothing more than a little forethought and a few key pieces. “You want to make your guests feel special,” she says. “Going that small extra step is always impressive.” Here, her picks (plus practical do’s and don’ts) for a Thanksgiving table that shines.

1. Don’t buy pricy napkins.

“Spending $100 on napkins that someone is going to get cranberry sauce on? That would be a bummer. Cheap tea towels look really cool.

2. Do keep dinnerware minimal.

“So many accessories seem to fall onto a Thanksgiving table. But really great dinner plates are where it’s at.”

3. Do invest in one statement serving piece.

“It can anchor the whole look of the table and be functional,” says Du Ross Walker. Think: a clay gravy boat or special wooden bowl.

4. Do set out both stemmed and non-stemmed glassware.

“Stemmed glassware is beautiful, but as the night progresses, I switch to shorty glasses that won’t get knocked over during lively conversation.”

5. Don’t bother with a florist.

“A trend right now is floral centerpieces that seem haphazard and ethereal, not precious. Go into your backyard or buy some inexpensive greenery or flowers to create something yourself,” Du Ross Walker advises.

6. Do use (unscented) candles.

“I love little votives scattered throughout a table. They set a really warm tone,” Du Ross Walker says.

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