Thanksgiving Entertaining Made Easy

Entertaining Tips and Recipes

by Alli

 Thanksgiving Entertaining Made Easy was sponsored post for Cost Plus World Market. All opinions are my own. 

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. I get warm fuzzies all over when I think about all the beautiful Thanksgiving Dinners I’ve shared with my family.

The food, the decor, and spending time with loved ones are some of my most cherished memories.

My mom was always the hostess with the mostess when it came to creating a beautiful Thanksgiving table.

I’ve learned so much from her over the years and I try to follow in her footsteps when it comes to Thanksgiving entertaining. I think mom would be proud!


Gold, copper, and a slightly muted orange are my color choices when I’m setting the table for Thanksgiving. I always head to Cost Plus World Market to find just what I need to create a warm and inviting tablescape.

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I get all nostalgic when it comes to holidays. This year, my very favorite part of Thanksgiving Entertaining is this stunning guest book! It’s a place for your guests to sign in and write down their thoughts of gratitude. This will be a keepsake for years to come! You can find this guest book here! 

Guest Book - How to Create a Beautiful Thanksgiving Table

Mom always taught me that first impressions matter so I always make sure my porch is clean and inviting.

I like to keep it simple on the porch, so a few pumpkins, fall flowers, and a beautiful wreath adds just the right amount of fall color. 

Thanksgiving Entertaining

When I’m planning my Thanksgiving Entertaining timeline, I list everything I can do ahead of time. It makes things go smoothly on Thanksgiving Day.

Thanksgiving Made Easy Planning Tips

  • Planning ahead is key. I have a beautiful Thanksgiving planner that you can download for free! 
  • I always set the table the night before.
  • Make all the desserts the day before. 
  • Anything that can be done the day or a couple of days beforehand, I do it. 

Favorite Thanksgiving Day Recipes & Tips

If you’re planning on hosting Thanksgiving this year, check out all my recommendations below. These beautiful items will certainly help you be the hostess with the mostess. 

Unique Thanksgiving Entertaining Ideas



Cesar Diaz September 29, 2017 - 6:43 am

These are all great Thanksgiving entertaining ideas. Really like the flatware and the birch candles.

Amber Myers September 29, 2017 - 8:16 am

Everything is so lovely! I really like those silverware holders. I need to try and win a gift card!

Sarah Bailey September 29, 2017 - 8:34 am

What some absolutely lovely ideas, I am loving the wreath, the colours of if are beautiful and it could be used all autumn long.

Liz September 29, 2017 - 8:59 am

That guest book is a neat idea, especially if you have a large family or group that attends every year. Thanks for the ideas!

candy September 29, 2017 - 9:23 am

those bags for leftovers is wonderful. Love World Market and I can always find way to many great things I want.

Tomi C September 29, 2017 - 10:33 am

All of these are awesome ideas for the Thanksgiving table. Loving those jute utensil pockets. Cost Plus World Market is one of my faves and I always end up finding something unique there.

Lynn Woods September 29, 2017 - 2:03 pm

I love that wreath! Our house was somehow deemed the holiday house this year. Don’t know how that happened! Decorations are done and I just planned out the tablescape.

Zwitsal September 29, 2017 - 3:55 pm

The theme is very lovely! I like the guest book you put in there a lot! I wish I could have all the time looking for a great one!

Cheryl September 29, 2017 - 4:46 pm

Is it ok to say that they’re all my favorites? I was trying to pick out one or two items, but as I kept scrolling, I saw something I liked. The table runner is fab.

valmg @ Mom Knows It All September 29, 2017 - 7:08 pm

I don’t decorate for Thanksgiving. Our table gets so crowded you can’t see much other than the food. This reminds me that I do need a new turkey platter though.

Pam September 29, 2017 - 7:27 pm

I love those “give thanks y’all” napkins. Those need to be on my table this Thanksgivmg,

Joanna @ Everyday Made Fresh September 29, 2017 - 8:30 pm

Those are some great picks for Thanksgiving. I love World Market. They always carry the coolest and unique items for the holidays.

Emily September 29, 2017 - 11:48 pm

I am so excited for fall! We always have a full house so I like to make sure I have enough dinnerware for everyone, no one wants to be forces to eat with a spork on on a paper plate.

Lian September 30, 2017 - 7:22 am

I have a few favourite Thanksgiving entertaining ideas. One of my favourite items is the Thanksgiving guestbook. I think this is a lovely idea that you could actually use as a photo album in the future. Another favourite idea of mine is the utensil holder. I think this is a fabulous way to dress up a table and to keep your utensils in place around the table.

Jenn @ EngineerMommy September 30, 2017 - 9:31 am

I love decorating for different holidays. That is such a wonderful giveaway. I would love to win that gift card. Thanksgiving is such a beautiful holiday with an important message of being grateful!

Jaime Nicole September 30, 2017 - 5:21 pm

I just love the idea of a Thanksgiving Guest book – there are so many people visiting during the holidays. It would make a great memory keeper to remember in years to come!

Kita Bryant September 30, 2017 - 6:31 pm

I love all the things you have here but the first is my favorite. I think that’s such a great idea!

Chubskulit Rose September 30, 2017 - 9:21 pm

I love all of these different ideas. For a person like me who doesn’t entertain much because I don’t know what to do, this is a great resource.

Angie October 3, 2017 - 10:42 am

I love EVERYTHING you found, it’s all soooo adorable! I totally wont be hosting or entertaining this Thanksgiving (it’s like 2 weeks before my due date haha) but hopefully next year!


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