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How to Win Friendsgiving

How to Win Friendsgiving

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, you may be looking to dust off your hosting skills. We asked Amanda McClements, the owner and creative director of one of our favorite gift shops, Salt & Sundry, to share some tips on hosting and tablescapes. 

If you're looking to recreate Amanda's style, take a look at our seasonal bouquets to get started. 

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What’s most important to prep beforehand?
Make a punch or a cocktail that can be served in a pitcher so you don't have to play bartender all night. Mix it up ahead of time and set up a pretty bar where guests can serve themselves.

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What’s the first thing you do when guests arrive?
Get them comfortable right away! Let them know where they can put their things and then offer up a drink. As soon as guests have a drink in their hands, the vibe changes and they feel taken care of.

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When setting the table, where do you get inspiration from?
I take color inspiration from the flowers. I chose a vibrant blockprint tablecloth because of the bright peachy roses and apricot mums. To temper the brightness and make it feel autumnal, I added in slate gray napkins and striking black beeswax tapers.

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Any tips when it comes to setting the table?
I love using unexpected colors during traditional holidays to create a really fresh look. The deep grays and rich oranges in this setting make a cheerful impression.

I also like to add name cards to each setting. It looks nice and it helps avoid any awkwardness of who sits next to whom!

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