Four End Tables That Are Ready for Entertaining

When you entertain friends, you want them to feel comfortable. That means setting the stage for conversation, mingling and relaxation. End tables are a great way to make friends and family feel welcome as they provide a convenient spot to set down a drink or offer a snack, and choosing the right style can give your room a chic, club-like feel. Here are four entertaining-ready tables that will elevate your next soiree.

 

The Como Accent Table Set adds high style to your room, with its antique brass artisan finish and long lean legs. The tray-style top makes this set is perfect for entertaining, and since the tables nest, you can separate the pair and put them around the room where needed.

 

The fashion-forward design of the Cercie Tray Table would be a perfect choice for entertaining in a modern home. The acrylic tray top removes to make serving drinks or appetizers a breeze, and the metal stand features a trendy copper finish.

 

The Lajos Tray Table is another stylish option for entertaining. Chrome bamboo-inspired legs and a black woven tray top look downright elegant for a great addition to any style décor.

 

The welcoming feeling of Farmhouse style is a natural for entertaining, and the Frisco Green Tray Table will move with your party. On wheels, it’s perfect in the kitchen when extra counter space is needed. And the removable tray allows you to serve guests in another room.

Plan Your Thanksgiving Tablescape

The turkey is definitely the star of the Thanksgiving table, but Tom deserves the proper backdrop. In addition to breaking out your best dinnerware and crystal, create a holiday memory by carefully choosing the rest of the table setting.

Start with a tablecloth. Protect your table by using a tablecloth over a table pad. From crisp white to a rich autumn tone, you will add some color to the meal with the right cloth.

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Here’s a great craft project you can do to create a personalized tablecloth. Simply purchase a drop cloth and decorate it with words that represent the things you’re thankful for.

Or don’t. Rules are made to be broken, so feel free to skip the tablecloth and let your table go au natural. Use beautiful placemats or table runners to protect the wood.

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Mix and match plates, silverware and glassware. Don’t worry about not having enough table settings; purposefully mix and match what you have and no one will ever know. You can even go ultra casual chic by using Mason jars as water glasses.

Let Mother Nature provide decorations. Fall is the time of year when everything outside is in its most colorful glory. Bring in gorgeous leaves and scatter them down the center of the table. You can also use a metallic marker and write names or reasons you’re thankful on the leaves to make them even more special. Place small gourds down the center of the table, and put cut flowers in small pots or thin vases. Add candles and you’ve created a gorgeous fall scene.

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Make it personal. Finally, make guests feel welcome by creating personalized place cards. If you’re hosting friends who aren’t well acquainted, place a little bit of information about each guest on the place card as a way for everyone to get to know each other. You could also include a reason why you’re thankful they are your friend or family member.

How to Host a Friendsgiving

What’s better than Thanksgiving dinner? How about two Thanksgiving dinners!! Family gatherings are important and traditional, but a growing trend is hosting a Friendsgiving, a special Thanksgiving-style dinner with your favorite friends.

Hold it before Thanksgiving to create a trial run for the big day, or after to make the most of leftovers or serve something completely different.

Here are some things to consider before hosting your Friendsgiving:

Consider potluck. Friendsgiving is the perfect time to hold a potluck, making it easier than Thanksgiving because no one person will be in charge of the entire meal. Assign specific dishes or a category, such as veggies or dessert. Or be bold and enjoy whatever dishes show up in hand.

Set a theme. Another dinner-planning idea is to choose a theme and have guests bring something that fits. For example, set a theme of Italian, Chinese farm-to-table or even deep-fried. This could be a nice break from your Thanksgiving leftovers.

Make sure to accommodate special diets. Check in with friends and see if anyone has food allergies or intolerances, or follows a special diet, such as vegan or Paleo. Then make sure you have enough on your menu to fill them up.

Think about drinks. If you are serving alcohol, plan how you’ll stock your bar. You can make it easy and serve just wine or beer. Or create a special cocktail for the day, such as a special martini or mixed drinks. Or set out what guests will need for the most common drinks.

Decide if you want a special décor. Thanksgiving dinner usually includes a special holiday tablescape with a centerpiece, place settings, napkins and place cards. Friendsgiving, however, can be as festive or casual as you wish.

Do you hold Friendsgiving? Share you favorite tips in the comments below!

Dress Up Your Dinnerware for the Holidays

You could go out and invest in new dinnerware for the holidays. Gorgeous designs that are perfect for holidays like Thanksgiving, Hanukkah and Christmas are festive and fun. But you can also easily dress up your existing dinnerware with some easy and inexpensive details that will give you the same result.

Here are five ways to dress up your existing dishes and make them shine for the season:

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1. Use Chargers. Classic white plates look chic and elegant when you place them on a charger. Choose luxurious silver or gold for a classic look. Or brighten up the table with jewel tones, such as ruby, emerald or sapphire. We love this snowflake charger craft idea. You’ll be surprised at the impact a charger can make, and it can happen in a snap.

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2. Purchase New Salad Plates. Instead of investing in an entire set of china, why not purchase salad plates that you layer atop your everyday dinner dish? The single piece won’t cost a lot, and the top plate is the star of the setting. Choose something for the holiday or season, and it will look like you went all out.

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3. Add the Details. Little things can make a big impact, and your choice of napkins and napkin rings can set the tone. Instead of classic white napkins, choose a bold color or pattern. Or stick with white and let the ring take center stage. Here are some fun ideas we found on Pinterest. You could even go simple, and tie a sprig of evergreen with twine or ribbon.

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4. Roll Out the Table Runner. Add flair by using a dramatic table runner. Not only does it introduce a theme; a runner allows the natural beauty of your table show through. You’ll find a wide assortment of options designed for your specific holiday, or head to the fabric store and purchase a piece of velvet, satin or even faux fur. You could also use a beautiful plaid blanket; the contrasting texture will create a warm, festive setting.

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5. Think About Place Mats. Place mats offer another design opportunity, and they help protect your table. Choose a color that enhances your holiday décor, or personalize a set of your own with this fun burlap place mat craft project.

We’d love to see how you create a festive tables design for the holidays. Post your photos in the comments below!

Find the Dining Room that Matches Your Entertaining Style

The holiday season can also be called the dining room season. Whether you invited your large family or a small gathering of friends, it’s the time of year to celebrate with loved ones and that often involves bringing people together over food.

So is your dining room ready? And does it fit your personality? Your dining room should be a reflection of your entertaining style, and the pieces you’ll need are dictated by your personality.

 

The Socialite

Do you love large parties with dozens of guests, mingling and chatting with Michael Buble’s Christmas CD playing in the background? A dining room table will accommodate intimate gatherings, and you’ll need a nice buffet and bar to create a place for appetizers and drinks. A bistro or gathering height table in your kitchen is also a great addition, since that’s often where people tend to gather. Here are some options for the hostess with the mostest:

 

 

The contemporary feel of the NB2 Modern Dining Collection features sleek lines and a rich, dark finish. Upholstered chairs have a unique design, while the bar cabinet and buffet are embellished with gold hardware.

 

The Destin Five-Piece Gathering Set will be the perfect spot for guests to mingle in the kitchen. The glass top offers an open feeling, while the arched base feels special.

 

The Matriarch

Do you relish hosting your extended family once or twice a year for a traditional-style holiday feast? If so, you’ll want special pieces in an elegant style worthy of your semiannual affair. You’ll need a dining room table with a leaf (or two). A formal china cabinet or sideboard will also fit the bill. And consider a table protector to guard your investment, especially if you have small children in attendance. Here are some pieces that will fit your Norman Rockwell style:

 

The Cambria Dining Collection proves that formal dining doesn’t have to be boring. The trestle table features vase turnings and a distressed two-tone finish. The upholstered chairs offer that feeling of luxury and comfort. You’ll love the beautiful buffet for showing off or storing your heirloom china.

 

Or consider the Hartford Dining Room Collection. The walnut finish is rich and inviting, while the leaf expands the table to 90”. You’ll love showing off your stemware in the matching china cabinet and the dining chest provides a great place for tempting dinner guests with dessert.

 

The Laidback Hostess

Do you combine your everyday eating area with the space in which you entertain? If so, you’ll need a causal yet transitional dining set that would be as much at home during Saturday morning Cheerios with your kids as it would be on Christmas Day sharing a standing rib roast with your in-laws. Sturdiness, comfort and function will be key for you, so look for a table and chairs that are sold enough for daily use yet beautiful enough for showing off. Check out these dining options for the person who celebrates every meal in style.

 

The Sterling Collection from Gascho is handsome enough for company and sturdy enough for daily use. It’s an excellent example of solid wood construction, utilizing the finest selections of solid maple. An investment in Gascho is an investment in a family heirloom. You’ll love this piece for years.

 

Or consider Essex Dining Collection, which offers a fresh take farmhouse style. Its auburn and white finish look perfect in a kitchen, and its style is comfortable enough for a casual gathering with friends and family.