If you've been the chosen one to host Thanksgiving this year, look no further. We've included everything you need — from the food down to the details — for a memorable meal. Start by setting the table with affordable and easy decor, then get the party started with our no-fail menu — gingersnap cocktail included. Honestly, you can't go wrong with this guide. Click through and get ready to steal the show!
Summer might be winding down but it isn't over yet! The "end of season" sales are in full swing, and that means you can score everything you need to entertain guests on a budget. In other words, it's a perfect time to throw a party! Between colorful place settings and versatile touches we found party essentials that feel like steals. While we can't promise an endless Summer, we can assure you prices that will make you want it to last forever. So, get those invites out and that menu ready; you have some shopping to do!
A detail that can't be overlooked, flowers are the final touch to the ceremony, the reception, and even the couple on a wedding day. Because they do such a big job, finding the right floral style can feel overwhelming. To offer you inspiration, check out these 10 arrangements that any wedding would be lucky to have. From citrus-accented flowers to those with a rustic touch, these centerpieces are sure to please. And while they are impressive, most are affordable options that can easily be re-created. Whether you choose to mimic an entire bouquet or just pick and choose some details, let this be your guide!
Fire up the grill and throw a patriotic party with these entertaining essentials! Keeping the decor classic and the colors red, white, and blue (of course) we found everything you need for a festive Fourth of July. Set the scene with stars, and finish with stripes; it's time to celebrate our nation's birthday in style!
- Burlap stars ($25): Set the scene to a festive party by hanging these burlap stars around your table.
- Star serving bowl ($41, originally $90): Keeping with the red, white, and blue theme, this bowl is perfect for a berry fruit salad.
- Chic red flatware ($25): Reminiscent of a Summer picnic, this flatware is a subtle way to add pattern to your tablescape.
- American flag napkins ($30): These star napkins are a fun way to accent your patriotic feast.
- Stars and stripes table runner ($15, originally $30): Make a true-blue statement with this festive star-spangled table runner.
- Striped dinnerware set ($24-$32): These plates are a classic touch that can be used well beyond our nation's holiday.
- Kate Spade oval platter ($210): Serve up burgers in style on this starburst serving platter.
- Enamel bar set ($28): Add a splash of stripes to your celebration with this simple bar set.
- Mason drinking jars ($14): What better way to celebrate a classic holiday than by sipping from good ol' mason jars?
When it came to planning Courtney and Philipp's California casual wedding, attitude and feeling set the tone, rather than a distinct theme. Seeking a celebration that was relaxed yet elegant, vintage touches and pastel colors filled every detail of their outdoor wedding. A creative couple of sorts, the San Francisco locals who met through work tied knot on July 14, 2012.
With help from wedding planner Genevieve Roja from Lily Spruce, they decided to begin the planning process by drawing touches from the deco details on Courtney's dress. They then found a grand, carnival-like tent for the reception and a unique variety of flowers to inspire the color palette. From the hand-calligraphed invitations to the pastel linens, every part of the wedding planning seemed to reflect the ease of the couple, until their dream venue canceled — two-and-a-half weeks before the wedding!
Upset and in a rush to find a country venue to accommodate all that had been previously planned, the couple found Krug Winery, a stunning property with breathtaking grounds in St. Helena, CA, to come to the rescue. Creative accents like bell jars, refurbished vintage pieces, and cultural traditions completed the couple's earthy yet elegant wedding.
Photo courtesy of Juliette Tinnus
If Cinco de Mayo isn't on your radar, you might want to reconsider. Commemorating the Mexican victory in the Battle of Puebla (yes, we looked that up), Cinco de Mayo is an entertainer's dream — between the bright colors, good food, and those margaritas, May 5 is going to be your new favorite holiday. Start addressing the invites because we have everything you need to dip chips in style at what is bound to be your annual Cinco de Mayo celebration. Viva la Mexico!
If you're looking to get your friends together and celebrate Mom in style, then do it with a brunch! Aside from good company, brunch is the perfect way to toast to your leading lady. Knowing that no two moms are alike, we've created three tablescapes — casual, elegant, and outdoors — to make Mother's Day special. Find the one that's right for you (and Mom) below!
The Elegant Brunch
An elegant brunch will set this Mother's Day apart from the rest. Keeping the bright colors mute, we chose a neutral palette of golds and creams beginning with the tablecloth ($70-$80). Metallic touches are key; incorporated through gold-rimmed butter plates ($50), bamboo spreaders ($145), and napkin rings ($48). Since we're going all out, monogrammed glasses ($50) seemed fitting, as well as a crystal vase ($59) filled with tulips or her favorite flower.
The Casual Brunch
Think of the casual brunch as one step above breakfast in bed. For this type of tablescape, it has to be something where guests feel comfortable and Mom feels special. Make any table fit for a special occasion by covering it with a bright, patterned tablecloth ($40-$50). Then, add complementary pops of color through paper placemats ($15) and simple yellow plates ($5). Continue to layer with touches of yellow through gingham napkins ($20) and vintage tumblers ($8). A bright pink pitcher ($40) will showcase mimosas perfectly, and pink utensils ($22) give plastic forks a run for their money. Lastly, ditch the stuffy flowers and scatter these tiny succulents ($30) around to complete your tablescape.
The Outdoor Brunch
Aside from stylish, an outdoor brunch has to be functional — after all, it is outside! Simplicity is key and starts with a texture like linen placemats ($38) and napkins ($32). Add color and pattern with plates ($36) that are anything but boring and glasses ($5) fit for homemade Bloody Marys. A large tray ($24) makes bringing food from the kitchen easy, and we consider gold utensils ($40) essential. Lastly, complete the look with a rustic flower box ($18) and roses.
Relative to some holidays, Easter brunch can be just as stunning when kept simple. Inspired by this fresh and minimalistic Easter tablescape, we couldn't help but picture this type of setting beyond Easter Sunday. Although the simple DIYs are just what we had in mind for Spring, neutral pieces like linen napkins and a white pitcher can be used as entertaining staples throughout the year. Keeping the entertainer in mind, here a few tabletop essentials that work well now and later.
Bring the luck of the Irish to your tablescape with a few key pieces just in time for Saint Patrick's Day. When it comes to your traditional Irish feast, dishware for your stew and stout will make your meal memorable, while green linens and gold accents offer a lucky touch. Once your table setting is complete, the only thing you'll need to do is pour the Guinness!