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5 Tips for an Outdoor Thanksgiving Feast

Feast your eyes on seasonal Turkey Day décor with these ideas for a festive Thanksgiving tablescape and hosting. (This year, we're going all outdoors!)

1. Light It Up

Feast and give thanks with family – and in elegant style!
When it comes to outdoor entertaining, it’s all about the presentation. Look for quality designs that can comfortably seat all of your guests . . . and opt for soft colors and textures to create a warm and inviting holiday ambiance. Then, light it all up with an outdoor lamp or string lights!

2. Make Sure the Seating's Durable 

For a successful Thanksgiving celebration you’ll look back on for years to come, you’ll need your loved ones close by, good food – and the proper dining accommodations!
Feasting can take hours (in a good way!); dining chairs that are durable and comfortable will help ensure happy guests the whole time. Opt for seating designed for outdoors – so that you can leave your dining set out even after the festivities end.

3. Glow with Candles

Give guests glowing treatment with candlestick and candle centerpieces over a rustic wood dining set.
While symmetry is key when it comes to creating a balanced and uncluttered tablescape, 100% symmetry all the time can also feel boring and overplayed – so don’t be afraid to incorporate pops of height or texture in an unexpected place or two. On the table above, differences in size, color and texture are celebrated, grouped together to form one show-stopping tablescape.

4. Raise Your Bar

Set up a drinks station. Outdoors, opt for a wicker or metal bar cart (two great materials durable enough to be kept outdoors for long periods of time). Pair it with an outdoor counter set or lounge seating where guests can enjoy the drinks and light snacks.
Aroma of savory herbs and spices coming from the oven? Keep guests’ stomachs from growling with pre-dinner appetizers – spread out on a bold bar cart!

5. Bench It!

A hosting spectacular starts with spacious seating; A good bench sets the tone for a feast to remember.
Bench seating saves space, while also allowing your guests to sit as close together or far apart as they’d like. (For social distancing this year, we recommend the latter.) Shown above, a bench gets ‘cozy’ with outdoor throw pillows: For a cozy, seasonal ambiance, cinch your Thanksgiving decor with pillows and throw blankets. After all, turkey dinner, hot cider and pumpkin pie may not be enough to fend off the November chill – on Thanksgiving Day, soft touches set the scene for maximum coziness.

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