fall tablescape for Thanksgiving holiday

Especially if this is the first Thanksgiving you are hosting, here are some helpful pointers to incorporating practical gifts and seasonal decor into your home for the holiday.

Above, Thanksgiving tables don't need to be formal. This tablescape is full of interesting elements with a more casual vibe. The woven wicker placemats add texture, while the joyfully patterned napkins give a splash of color.  Use placecards to give your table a little something special (even if you don't have that many guests, it's a charming touch).

wreath and candles for fall decor

Keep to a similar theme in your home's decor. Wooden accents are so gorgeous this time of year, especially when set off by the warm glow of candlelight. Above, this fall leaves wreath is perfect for above the fireplace mantel. Add candles alongside and throughout your home. Instant coziness!

Thanksgiving cookware for holiday cooking

When you are in the registry process, chances are that holidays don't dominate the conversation. But because holiday cooking and entertaining require bigger-than-usual pots and pans, it makes sense to think about it as you are making your list. Register for a large turkey roaster.  Granted, you aren't going to use it everyday, but it will be so well worth it when you do.

slate cheese platters for holiday parties

And don't forget the entertaining platters and plates that also make fun conversation starters. This slate cheese platter isn't just sleek and stylish. You can also write the names of the cheeses in chalk for easy identification. And these very "punny" plates (below) make for a whimsical way to serve the pumpkin pie at the end of the meal.

brightly colored produce pun plates

Find more fall holiday decor and servingware at Crate and Barrel!

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