Holiday Entertaining Tips for Your Thanksgiving Table

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays.  I love that we have a day set aside just for celebrating the things we are thankful for and spending time gathered around the table with loved ones.  And while we should count our blessings daily, there is just something so heartwarming about families gathered around the table together to celebrate their blessings.  Plus, I’ve always believed that the best conversations happen when family and friends are gathered together around the table with good food.

Holiday Entertaining Tips_Thanksgiving Table

So to make sure our Thanksgiving is an Extraordinary memory full of blessings and gratitude I’ve teamed up with Cricut to share my Black, White and Gold Thanksgiving table, plus some great tips and ideas for making your holiday entertaining memorable and fun!

I love entertaining, but our get-togethers are usually more casual and low key which is exactly why when Thanksgiving rolls around I like to pull out all the pretty things and make this holiday feel extra special. This year I’ve been obsessed with gold and figured I’d go a little less traditional with the orange and browns and more hip and elegant with black, white and gold.

I used the new image sets Pretty Packages and Floral Home in the Cricut Design Space to make decorations, menus, thankful cards and favors for our Thanksgiving guest.

Giggles Galore Thanksgiving Menu and Table Setting

For my place settings I used gold chargers, white and black plates.  The black and white chevron napkins with gold flatware were tied together with greenery and gold glitter paper bows for napkin rings.

Black White and Gold Thanksgiving Table

Cricut Bow Napkin Rings_Giggles Galore

The menu is one of my favorite details, made using only the Cricut, it’s a pretty way to share the dinner plan with everyone coming for dinner.

Thanksgiving Menu Giggles Galore

Now, I’m going to be super honest with you.  I really wanted to create one of those beautiful paper flower arrangements I’ve seen pop up all over Design Space….but it did not work out for me.  I must not be a paper master because gosh darn it I had such a hard time with those flowers and getting them to look pretty!  My frustration took over and I finally gave up and made a fresh floral arrangement in my gold pumpkin.  But, I did manage to end up with a few pretty flowers and used those as pops of gold color on my natural table runner full of artichokes, tree stumps, pheasant feathers, wheat and antlers.

Cricut Gold Flower

Thanksgiving Floral Arrangement

I made a Thankful envelop for each place setting as so guest could write down what they are thankful for.  This is also a great conversation starter too!

I am Thankful for envelopes

The Pretty Packages Image Set has so many great gift boxes you can create and embellish.  I made little black boxes with gold tags for simple little favors, because saying thank you is always nicer when it’s a little package tied with a gold glitter bow!

Black and Gold Gift Box

Here are some of my favorite tips for making your holiday entertaining EXTRAORDINARY:

  • Dress to Impress – Get out your pretty dishes and china.  You can use the paper plates and plastic cups for leftovers, but make Thanksgiving feel extra special with those beautiful dishes.
  • Create a Statement Centerpiece.  Use Natural Elements or items you already have to create a statement centerpiece.  Remember to keep things low so that guest can see across the table and engage in conversation with everyone.
  • Think 5 – This is my favorite entertaining tip! I believe to make an event memorable, it needs to appeal to all Five Senses. When you’re planning an event think about all five senses (sight, hear, touch, taste, smell) Play music in the background, light candles, use soft and luxurious linens and serve mouthwatering food.  You want for your guest to remember everything about your event from the moment they walk in the door to when they leave and if you “Think 5” you’re guaranteed to have your bases covered.
  • Keep It Simple –  Make several dishes like a cheese and fruit tray ahead of time so you aren’t scrambling in the kitchen before guest arrive.  Plus, do you really need ALL that food?  Remember great conversations happen around the dinner so don’t spend all your time slaving in the kitchen.
  • Spark a Conversation – Start the Conversation with creative dinner conversation topics or make and use “Thankful” envelopes.  Have everyone at the table take turns sharing what they are thankful for.

Black and White Thanksgiving Table with Cricut

I hope you have an EXTRAORDINARY holiday celebration full of laughter and memories.  And to help you get started creating beautiful decor I’m excited to offer you the chance to win a Cricut prize package worth more than $150!  Enter now through midnight MST on Wednesday, November 19,  And, if you love crafting, have a website and would like to join Cricut’s Affiliate program, you can sign up here.

What are your favorite holiday entertaining tips?

Mariah Leeson is the creative mind behind With a passion for celebrating, Mariah created Giggles Galore to inspire families to celebrate life’s little moments with creative, budget friendly ideas. She loves cooking, reading, crafting, hosting parties and most of all spending time giggling with her family.

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  1. Beautiful! I love using boxwood on holiday tables. It works so well here with all the glitter and glam. Great tips!

  2. This is really lovely – I think it’s great that it has different colors that aren’t as traditional.

  3. Absolutely stunning presentation love the glitz and glam

  4. So pretty! I love the golds and blacks together!

  5. The gold is so striking against that graphic black and white stripe! How fabulous and modern! Love that little bow napkin ring, too.

  6. This is GORGEOUS Mariah!

  7. This is absolutely gorgeous! I am in love with the colors!

  8. Beautiful color palette, Mariah! Black and white with a touch of gold is such a classic combination! LOVE the chevron napkins!

  9. Gorgeous table, Mariah. You know I’m all about the stripes and the gold!

  10. Alma-Marie says:

    I love it! But where did you fid the table cloth, napkins and silverware? I love gold silverware but can’t find statement pieces like yours they are truly lovely. I so want your table at my house. Even the Chargers are stunning. Now I see why people hire party planners. Wonderful energy coming from this table.

    • Thank you so much Alma-Marie! It’s actually so much easier than it looks. The Black and White striped tablecloth is fabric from IKEA. The napkins were from Target and the gold silverware is the hardest part because it was picked up at a local flea market. The gold Chargers were a steal for only $2 from Michael’s. 🙂

    • Alma-Marie says:

      Fabulous! I think i found some Gold Flatware that will work, and I”ll pick up the other pieces from your suggestions. If I can pull it off I will post a picture after Thanksgiving. I am so excited now about this look.

  11. LOVIN this color palette & the pocket envelopes are awesome!

  12. EEK! LOVE LOVE LOVE The gold!! What a beautiful set up!

  13. Very pretty! Love the black and gold! Have a wonderful weekend!

  14. Saw this over at the Totally Terrific Tuesday Link party. I absolutely love the combination of the the black and white stripes with the gold and green. Your table setting is absolutely fabulous! Great job!

  15. So, so beautiful and oh so elegant! I’d love it it you’d link it up at Worthwhile Wednesdays Link Party!
    Allie (

  16. I love this whole set up. Absolutely stunning 🙂

    <3 Kara

  17. Beautiful! I love the menus and the artichokes and the color scheme and everything. Hope you have an extraordinary Thanksgiving, too. 🙂

  18. No doubt about it, that table is STUNNING! I love the traditional warm colors, but I love, love, love the creative genius of trying out new striking colors. (I did a fall table scape in blue and white, so fun to step out of the “fall color” boundaries). It’s eye candy, truly gorgeous and inspiring!

    • Thank you Cheryl you are so sweet! I think a blue and white table would be stunning for Thanksgiving I’ll have to stop by and check it out on your site.

  19. Love Love Love this table setting, I couldn’t help but to pin it for later. I think my favorite were the personalized thankful card envelopes and the little gift boxes! Thanks for sharing on the linky – great find!

  20. Oh my goodnes, your table is GORGEOUS! I’m in love with every detail, but especially those precious little bows for napkin rings. Definitely pinning for use all year! Thank you so much for linking up to Funtastic Friday!

  21. I am featuring your gorgeous table and your tips at Totally Terrific Tuesday tomorrow. Have a great Thanksgiving!


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