I am totally guilty of letting my excitement for Christmas to sometimes overshadow the fact that Thanksgiving deserves its time to shine. The thing I love most about Thanksgiving is that it's a low pressure Holiday. There's no pressure to find and wrap gifts, mail cards, etc. It truly is a day that can enjoy our family, friends and some delicious food.. While there may be no tree trimming and gift wrapping involved having everyone gathered at your home can sometimes be a bit stressful. I wanted to give you a few suggestions on how to add a few easy and affordable elements to your Thanksgiving that will truly make it more enjoyable for both you and your guests!
Big Batch Cocktail
Making a Signature Drink ahead of time is always the best idea if your hosting a holiday at your house. In the midst of prepping food, cleaning up, and making time to chat with your family most of us do not have time to be whipping up Cosmopolitans, White Russians, and an Old Fashioned for Uncle Tom. I always prepare my favorite fall big batch cocktail which is my Apple Cider Sangria. It has just enough sweetness for the ladies to like, and an added kick of Fireball makes the men want to drink it too. (Trust me, even my Grandfather loved it last year!) Your guests will also truly appreciate having a drink ready for them when they arrive.
If you want to add some coziness to your Thanksgiving table this year my number one tip is to add candles! They add such an elegance and warmth to any space that will make your guests instantly feel relaxed and at home. I love the look of candlesticks mixed with pillar candles in the center of the table and smaller tea lights scattered throughout the rest. Here's a look at my tablescape from last year. There are tons of things you can add that cost very little like pinecones, leaves, tea lights, and mini pumpkins. Remember not to get too carried away because the food is the star of the show on Thanksgiving. ( I have to remind myself this myself every year!)
This Thanksgiving Mad Libs was a simple but super fun touch to my table from last year. It's a great icebreaker if all your guest don't know each other. It also adds some great laughs while reflecting on what everyone is thankful for! Here's the link for the free printable to download for your Thanksgiving table today!