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3 Pro Tips to Decorating Your Thanksgiving Table

You may be underestimating how much space you really have. 

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Photography by: Jung Lee

You've rallied the family together and finally nailed down your kitchen stove schedule. What about your dining table decor? Whether you go all out with gourds or spruce things up with seasonal florals, there are so many ways to triumph your holiday tablescape. But there are also a few crucial things to keep it mind before laying out your favorite centerpieces. We talked with world-renowned event designer and party planning expert, Jung Lee of Jung Lee NY, on her top tablescaping tips (and why you shouldn't let it stress you out.) 

 

 

1. Map Out Your Table 

The first thing you want to do is figure out how much space you actually have to decorate. “Figure out how many guests you’ll be having and how much space your place settings will take up,” suggests Lee. “Then, map out where your dishes will be and what your table must-haves are.” Do you plan on keeping just the bird as the star, while leaving sides in the kitchen? Will you be serving family style, or buffet style? Once you realize how much space your plates and platters will occupy, you may not actually have as much space for your fall bouquets as you thought. (But if you do, Lee’s fall favorites include magnolias, dried berries, and a mix of greenery and maple leaves.)

 

[TRY THIS: A Hanging Bough with Dried Flowers]

2. Consider Your Guests

Before you put out your vintage glass candleholders, think about who you’ll be having around the table. “If you’ll be having kids, consider how many and how old they are before setting out closed candles,” says Lee. A simple decorating solution? “A beautiful tablecloth or an elegant runner — plus, it can help cover up any scratches or nicks you might have!” 

 

 

3. Think Double-Duty

Make sure there's enough room for guests to reach across tables and pass around dishes. If you’re looking for beautiful pieces with a purpose, Lee suggests seeking out a gorgeous gravy boat, cloth napkins over paper, or a pretty set of salt and pepper shakers. That way, your guests can both use and admire! 

 

Feeling inspired? Try these 3 easy Thanksgiving gourd crafts: