A recipe for Thanksgiving dinner design

Since moving into a home more suited for large-scale entertaining, I've taken over the Thanksgiving responsibilities for my mom's side of the family. While I don't cook, I do pride myself in serving up a mean dinner table design. I love pulling all of my supplies together to create a visually appealing tablescape, and enjoy picking up new odds and ends, ensuring guests can expect to find a different twist on decor from year to year.

When purchasing entertaining products, I tend to gravitate toward items that aren't occasion specific - ones I can continue to use time and time again. I thought I would share my go-to recipe for creating a well-rounded dinner display. Here's what you need to know:

Start with jewel tones 

Inspiration via 100 Layer Cake
Jewel tones on the table is no brainer, especially for fall. The rich, bold colors reflect the season and are easy to mix and match.

Mix in metals

Inspiration via Style Me Pretty
Have you noticed that copper is having a moment again this year? While it's a super star, this metal looks best when paired with other finishes and natural textures. Notice how this display from Style Me Pretty includes copper, bronze, metal full of patina and weathered wood.

Sprinkle in a touch of glam

Inspiration via Randi Garrett Design

Every girl needs some glam, right? A touch of glitz goes a long way in elevating everyday place-settings. Incorporate a show-stopping table runner or try sprinkling in some sparkly votive holders.

Blend in candlelight

Inspiration from JoPhoto via BRIDES Magazine

Candlelight is a must for an intimate dinner party. It definitely sets the mood and elevates the occasion.

Top off with fresh floral

Inspiration via French Kissed

Can we pause for a minute to appreciate the beauty of this floral centerpiece? It's simply a stunner. The best part of this is that it's not a super structured arrangement. The flow of branches makes it look as if it has been growing there all season.

While I understand crafting a centerpiece such as this may seem overwhelming, it doesn't take much to wow with a floral arrangement. If you're nervous about putting together something that includes a variety of flowers, go with all the same type in one hue. Then bunch them together in a short, tight arrangement. Finish off with bits of foliage.

Whip it all together and make it happen

Blend all of the above elements together and you have the recipe for a tabletop that's sure to please!

Ready to get started compiling your own plan for the Thanksgiving holiday? Well you're in for a treat. I took the guesswork out of entertaining and pulled together some of my favorites from Century 21. I recently discovered this store and was so tickled to see the reasonable pricing, combined with items that on point with the latest trends.

All of these items are on my wish list. Which would you like to add to your collection?

This post was sponsored by Century 21 stores, but all opinions are my own.

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