My Dreamy Thanksgiving: Decorate, Dine, & Dress

Host the Most Sophisticated Thanksgiving

I look forward to hosting  Thanksgiving with fine dining and sophistication. I like the idea of introducing non-traditional dishes and décor. Until then, I am sharing my dream Thanksgiving to inspire you.



I love Fall’s changing colors and the smell of pumpkin spice. Pumpkins, turkeys, and fall colors are wonderful, but I don’t get caught up in cliche themes. Themes can become cheesy and lack sophistication. Leave the Jack-o-Lanterns behind and decorate with ceramic or glass pumpkins. Incorporate soft, natural colors like light brown, gold, and ivory instead of bright orange, red, and yellow, which can feel overwhelming or childish. From the moment guests walk in the door, welcome them with a festive wreath and a door mat that nods to Thanksgiving, such as “Gather Together” or “Be Thankful.” I love that these two decorations can be used all season, saving you decorating time and money.


I like Mackenzie-Childs’ timeless Parchment Check Collection. Pumpkins are great decorations all season and candles add warmth and ambiance to any table. I would cover the table with a cream or ivory tablecloth and create a decorative runner with ceramic pumpkins and candles. I fancy the subtle autumn vines on the table cloth above. When picking out centerpieces, stay away from tall vases or big cornucopias. Guests don’t want to yell over décor or look around centerpieces to chat.

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At my table, I want everyone to feel like royalty, which starts with a full place setting. I would set each place with a dinner plate, dessert plate, bowl, full set of utensils, standard drinking glass, wine glass, and a cloth napkin cinched with an eloquent gold pumpkin napkin ring.


Five-star restaurants are serving sophisticated experiences with tasting menus. It’s a fun twist on classic dishes and will allow people to try everything without becoming overly full. Plus, it’s a healthier way to eat, while pleasing everyone’s palates.

A Twist on Tradition

Turkey is a staple and must-have. I appreciate that my family cooks a turkey breast instead of a whole turkey because it’s easier, less wasteful, and healthier. (Confession, it’s also just from Costco). Since we don’t need to stuff the Turkey, we make Cauliflower Stuffing. It’s lighter, healthier, and uses cauliflower instead of bread crumbs. Delicious and gluten free!


It’s not Thanksgiving or an American gathering without mac and cheese or potatoes! The Mac and Cheese Cups and Potato Poppers are delicious, traditional, and look divine. Additionally,  Green Bean Casserole is a must at Thanksgiving and is easy to make by following this recipe for mini Green Bean Casseroles. You can easily serve Hawaiian or Crescent rolls on the side with apple butter, pumpkin spread, and honey!

Side Dishes

No meal is complete without satisfying guests’ sweet tooth. But it’s so hard to choose one dessert! Making desserts mini leaves room in your guests’ stomachs to try them all, and they’ll love you for it. Here are mini versions of traditional Thanksgiving desserts everyone will enjoy savoring including Pumpkin Pie Cups, Pecan Pie, and Stuffed Baked Apples.


Last but certainly not least…drinks! I’d love to mix up something fancy for my adult guests. Here’s how I’d spike things up with a Thanksgiving Sangria. A Thanksgiving Sangria is made up of the following:

  • 1 bottle dry white wine
  • 6oz Cranberry Cocktail Juice
  • 6oz Apple Juice
  • 1 apple thinly sliced
  • ½ cup fresh cranberries
  • 1 rosemarry spring
  • 12oz club soda

Place all the ingredients into a pitcher, mix, and pour.


Another festive drink is a Cranberry Moscow Mule. Here’s what you need

  • 8 ounces ginger beer
  • juice of 1 lime
  • vodka, 1 shot
  • 1 tbsp cranberry juice cocktail (the sweet stuff)
  • raw cranberries and lime slices for garnish, optional

Of course, be sure to have wine and champagne for guests upon arrival.


I never need an excuse to dress up, but I get really excited when there’s a reason to! If Thanksgiving is a traditional or formal affair in your family than you’ll wan to wear this too. The outfit is defined by classic cuts and colors. I updated the look with metallic shoes and a fun, patterned apron.

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This fit and flare dress is designed specifically for Fall by Julia Engel (designer of Gal Meets Glam). The Margo dress is inspired by an important woman in Julia’s life and features sleeve details, tailored pleats and a full skirt. The satin finish pairs extremely well with Giani Bini Satin Block Heels. You can also wear this dress or one similar with nude heels. Keep yourself and this gorgeous dress clean while preparing dinner with an adorable Anthropologie Apron. I chose a simple necklace and earrings along with neutral makeup to complete the formal Thanksgiving look.

Happy Thanksgiving

I hope you find these tips on how to host a sophisticated Thanksgiving helpful and put them into place. I hope to someday! I wish you a Thanksgiving full of love, happiness, and many blessings. I want to know how you celebrated , so leave me a comment below.

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