Every year, hosts attempt to recapture Rockwell’s Thanksgiving scene by cramming twenty guests around a table designed for eight and struggling to fit one more platter on the tabletop’s last barren square inch. The lengthy sequester to that cramped table is suffocating.
To create a welcoming, festive atmosphere for your guest, incorporate fall decorations throughout your home and stage some of the day’s festivities beyond the dining room.
Autumn floral arrangements, candles, baskets brimming with pine cones, small pumpkins and bowls of apples infuse natural decorative touches into areas your guests will frequent. Even your bathroom should remind guests what day it is.
Establish a bar area in the living room, welcoming guests to help themselves upon arrival. Trim the dining table with a centerpiece of autumnal-hued flora, napkins that echo a color from the blooms and a row of candles. Arrange edibles on a sideboard or kitchen counter for buffet-style serving.
Display desserts on the living room coffee table near the vibrantly flaming hearth, or outdoors around a patio fire pit, encouraging guests to mingle as they settle into conversational groups.
Remember, this is a day to eat, drink and be social, not to run around frantically like the turkey when its head was lobbed off. Happy Thanksgiving!