Entertaining

setting the table: 18 holiday ideas

As casual as our Holiday get togethers are,  we rarely (and by rarely I mean never) set the table formally.  But after seeing all kinds of great ideas on Pinterest, it sure does make me want to start!  For those of you who intend to take your event decor to the next level, here are 18 awesome Thanksgiving and Christmas table setting ideas that look pretty easy to replicate.

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FOR THANKSGIVING

1.  Gold Pumpkins

Blue & Gold Table Setting

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2. Autumn Harvest

Corn Table Decor

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3. Colorful Fall ArrangementColorful Pumpkin Table Setting

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4. Leaves & Acorns Fall Harvest Table Setting

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5. Neutral FeatherGray & Cream Table Setting

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6. Magical Gourd GardenPumpkins and Greenery Table Setting

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7.  Navy & Gold

Fall Table Setting

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8.  Sophisticated Silver & Lavender

Sophisticated Lavender Table Setting

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FOR CHRISTMAS

9. Doily Runner

Doily Table Setting

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10. Glittery PineconeGlitter Pinecone Place Card

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11. Silver & GoldGray & White Holiday Setting

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12. Book Page RunnerHoliday Table Setting

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13.  Classic HollyHolly DIY Place Card

14.  Fresh Green & WhitePears & Ornaments

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15. Joy Place CardJoy Place Card.

16. Burlap & Chocolate  Rustic Chocolate Table Decor

17. Simple Rusticsimple rustic chic table setting

19. Sweet SucculentsSweet Succulents.

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3 fabulous bar carts + last minute entertaining essentials (that won’t break the bank!)

I cannot believe that this weekend is already Labor Day! Where has the time went?? Many peeps (including myself) will be having people over to celebrate the end of the summer.  And of course with company comes lots of food and drink.  And with that comes all the prep and presentation.  What’s a girl to do?  

One item that is great for entertaining is a bar cart.   These 3 are good-looking AND functional.

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Libations Bar Cart, Crate & Barrel, $ 599

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Raskog Kitchen Cart, IKEA, $49.99

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Beckett Bar Cart, Williams-Sonoma, $999

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Also, if you’re anything like me, you probably realize the day of the event there’s something you wish you would have thought of ahead of time.  It never fails: there’s always something you need at the last sec, whether it’s a new oven mitt or a serving platter.  Here are some items that are pretty to look at and helpful for serving guests.  And best of all – they are budget friendly!.

1) Carved Wood Serving Platter, Target, $19.99 

2)  Home Angled Beverage Tub, Target,  $18.71 (sale price)

3) Square Lacquer Trays, West Elm,  $24.00 final sale

4) Fiammetta Pot Holder & Oven Mitt, Anthropologie, $14.00 each 

 5) Slate Coaster Set, West Elm,  $16.00 for 4 

6) Rippled Dream Bowl in Turquoise, Anthropologie, $14.00

7)  Red Salt & Pepper Shakers, Target, $10.49  

8)  Polycarbonate Beverage Dispenser, Target,  $29.99