Tips for Hosting a Festively Fall Friendsgiving

This post is in partnership with Christmas Tree Shops and That! and all opinions are my own.

With the holidays around the corner and small home gatherings in mind, I am excited to really make our surroundings extra cozy and festive this year. Recently, I had an early and safe celebration with some friends and we put together a lovely Friendsgiving outdoors featuring items from Christmas Tree Shops.

Here are some photos of our outdoor Friendsgiving gathering. I’ll share my tips on how to make a warm and festive tablescape too!






*Everything featured in this tablescape is from Christmas Tree Shops & That! except for the food and fresh naturals.

Tip #1 Check out what is available and start with the tablecloth…

We visited our local Christmas Tree Shops and That! location and found so many options for fall.

For me, I like to start making a tablescape by selecting the tablecloth first. From there, I can can build my place settings and create a cohesive design. Christmas Tree Shops and That! had a great selection of tablecloths, napkins, and runners. Also, they had a variety of china, glassware, and flatware to compliment the linens.

Tip #2 Add in serveware like cheese boards, carafes, and serving trays.

Christmas Tree Shops and That! had a lot of serveware to choose from! We opted for smaller wooden boards to use for charcuterie on each side of our table. A water carafe on the table is a nice touch so guests don’t have to get up to refill their glasses. Also, we picked up a serving tray so we could carry plated meals right out to the table.

Tip #3 Mix in fresh naturals like pumpkins, gourds, and greenery from the yard.

I love mixing in fresh florals and naturals on every tablescape that I design. It elevates the whole look and is that extra effort that your guests will enjoy. We made a centerpiece that ran the length of the table using magnolia clippings from the yard and a variety of pumpkins and gourds from the market. The persimmon was a nice little touch on the place settings too!

So, does this put you in the holiday mood yet?! I am already plotting my Thanksgiving table for our quiet home dinner this year.

Be sure to check out Christmas Trees and That! for all your decorating needs this holiday season!

Until next time,


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