Thursday, November 15, 2018

Decor101 - Hosting your First Dinner Party

Style Inspiration by 2 Ladies &
a Chair
 (via Country Living)
After about two and a half years of dating, my boyfriend and I officially  combined households and moved in to a brand new place. Other than his kids and my sisters coming over for takeout, we have yet to host anyone. So, when my boyfriend suggested we host his parents, sister and my sisters that live nearby for Thanksgiving, I said sure! How exciting to welcome everyone into our new home and put together a nice meal! Little did I know how much work is involved prior to even addressing the food! We literally have nothing matching for over four individuals, not to mention no cloth napkins, tablecloths nor serving ware!! Of course, with workdays and kid weekends it's one week before thanksgiving and we still need to procure all the above.  With additional family commitments this weekend, I buckled down and spent hours and hours scouring online stores to put together a plan. 

Just in case you find yourself in this bind, I am sharing what I got, all which should arrive in time for Thanksgiving day if ordered in the next couple of days! 

Thought-process: Inspired by the farmhouse look with a touch of gold, I put together a set of building blocks for hosting any dinner party. Meaning I stayed away from holiday specific items and carefully putting together items we could get tons of use beyond Thanksgiving!

Shopping List

For the Dinner table:
1. One Textured tablecloth in Gray - $18 (Amazon)
2. Two Annabelle 16 piece Dinnerware sets in White (for Four) - $38 (Wayfair)
3. One 12 pack of White linen napkins - $18 (Amazon)
4. Two Jute Napkin Rings (set of four) - $8 (Joss & Main) Maybe spray painting these gold? Thinking about it
5. One 20 piece set of Gold stainless steel flatware - $32 (AmazonI will be mixing these with a set I already have in gold
6. One Set of Balloon Wine Glasses (12) - $23 (Joss & Main)*
7. One Set of Goblets for Water (12) - $29 (Amazon

For Serving Food:
1. One Textured Tablecloth for food table in White - $15 (Amazon)
2. One 10 piece set of White Bakeware with Lids - $35 (Macy's)
3. One 10 piece serving set in Gold stainless steel - $25 (Amazon)Including : 1 piece of each , Cake Server, Fish Knife, Fish Fork, Serving Spoon, Serving Fork, Salad Spoon, Salad Fork,Butter Knife, Ice cream Spoon, Stirring spoon.
4. One 4 piece serving set in Silver mirrored Stainless steel - $14 (Amazon) Two Large Serving Spoons & Two Large Serving Forks
5. One White Butter dish - $10 (Macy's)
6. One White Gravy Boat - $6 (Macy's)
7. Two 3 piece Metallic Trivet sets - $10 (Macy's)

This is definitely not all we need. Plan on hitting Crate & Barrel, Homegoods and more to find what we are missing, including a Turkey Platter, Dessert Plates & miscellaneous decor to bring it all together.

As for the food we are outsourcing all but the Turkey thus far. (Thank you Flour for providing delicious sides we can order ahead and pickup. Boyfriend's mom is bringing dessert and stuffing.

Good luck to all first time hosts out there!!

PS. Here is the result of all my shopping! Final piece that brought it together were these awesome Tanja salad plates with Cream, Blue, Gray and a brassy gold! Obsessed! Got so many compliments and this was not 

*Edit: The Wayfair Wine Glasses were a fail! We ran to Crate & Barrel and got these Hip Large Red Wine awesome ones!

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