November 21, 2013

VERY Entertaining: Ideas for Entertaining and Decorating this Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is only one week away and VERY Real Estate wanted to offer some fun tips for entertaining this Thanksgiving!

Easy Holiday Decorating Ideas

A quick and easy way to introduce a snug and welcoming feel to your rooms is to swap out pillows in lightweight fabrics, like linen and cotton, for luxe velvet ones in rich, fall shades. Add coordinating throws for a warm, layered look.

Adding a wreath, in fall colors, to any space spruces up the area and gets you ready to entertain!  It’s a great piece to help transition through the fall entertaining season. Placing mums and a few pumpkins by your front door welcomes guests before they’ve even knocked!

 Setting the scene: Tablescapes

Our favorite idea for a unique Thanksgiving centerpiece is to frame black-and-white photos of memorable moments throughout the year, placing them along the center of the table. This creates depth and is a great conversation starter.

Want the “kids’ table to be just as special? Use these recycled plastic wishbones attaching one to each rolled-up napkin with some twine. It’s a unique napkin holder, and a perfect solution for including everyone in the holiday tradition.

A favorite hostess gift of VERY is sending a floral arrangement the day before the party! This helps the hostess decorate and is a unique way to express your gratitude!

 The Secret Ingredient:  Semi-Homemade

If cooking a full Thanksgiving dinner intimidates you, like it does a few of us, here are some delicious take out options

Percy Street BBQ in Queen Village/Bella Vista, offers two take out options:  a full Thanksgiving dinner or just the turkey which will feed between 6 to 8 people.

If side dish help is what you need, consider Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse! They are offering side dishes to go!

For a complete list of Thanksgiving Dinner take-out options, check out’s list.

 Get This Party Started!

Greeting friends and family with a tray of already prepared piping-hot cider, garnished with fresh cinnamon stir sticks is a great way to get the party started! This handy tip allows you to easily manage your guest’s arrival – taking their coats and handling any hostess gift or menu items they may have brought!

Serving dinner buffet style helps the hosts enjoy the party too! Assign dishes or ask your guests what they’d like to bring to dinner. When they arrive, transfer everything to matching platters and serving dishes to create a striking display. Create mini-menu cards, letting guests know what each dish is. This lets the cuisine take over hosting duties for a little while.

If you want to stick to the traditional sit down dinner, a dessert buffet is a great option during the holiday season.  This encourages guests to move and mingle!