Andy and I are hosting Thanksgiving at our house this year. I’ve never hosted Thanksgiving before… or really any dinner party that involves more than 4 people and takeout food. So, I’ve spent some time prepping. Of course, because I love DIYing way more than cooking, I’ve been focused on pulling together my table decor and have completely ignored the menu thus far. I should probably circle back around to that soon… 😉

To style my Thanksgiving table, I used vintage family dishes, gold flatware, rattan place mats, my Cricut Explore and my serger.

DIY Holiday and Entertaining Tips at Sewbon.com

DIY Holiday and Entertaining Tips at Sewbon.com

DIY Holiday and Entertaining Tips at Sewbon.com

DIY Holiday and Entertaining Tips at Sewbon.com

Want to set a table like mine? Here’s what I DIY’d.

Sunflowers: When I was scrolling through all the projects in the Cricut Project Center, I came across this fun Sunflower Tag Make It Now project. I thought it would be the perfect addition to each place setting and I love how they turned out! I think they really add an extra punch of fun!

Place Cards: For the place cards, I found a cute banner shape in the Cricut Design Space image library and typed out each persons name in a pretty font. My Cricut Explore then wrote the names and cut out the shapes. When my sister saw them, she commented on how good my calligraphy was getting… 😉

Napkins: These cute plaid napkins were so quick and easy to make! I found the plaid fabric at Joann’s and cut the fabric into 20 x 20 inch squares. I then just set up my serger for a 3-thread rolled edge and zipped each napkin through it. Seriously so easy. I think it only took like 3 minutes per napkin on the machine.

DIY Holiday and Entertaining Tips at Sewbon.com

DIY Holiday and Entertaining Tips at Sewbon.com

I also styled a bar cart for delicious, festive beverages. To decorate the glassware for the bar car, I used some gold vinyl and this Cricut Make It Now Project. Then, I made drink stirrers using polkadot straws I found at Target and some gold vinyl flags I quickly made with the Cricut Explore. To finish it off, I set out my Holiday Cork Coasters that I made last month.

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Since I haven’t hosted an elaborate dinner party before, I talked with some of the best party throwers I know and got some tips for holiday entertaining. Here are six tips from my friends and family that I’m hoping will help make my first Thanksgiving a success:

One: Make arrangements for pets to be put somewhere safe – like a friends house or a spare room. Even if guests are used to having pets in the house, there’s always a chance one might get out of an open door.

Two: Accept help! Don’t feel like you need to do it all. If a friend asks what they can bring, thank then and see if they can take on a side dish or dessert.

Three: Plan ahead and do prep work in advance. By having everything planned out, you can save yourself the hassle of having to run to the grocery store on Thanksgiving day for anything that might have been forgotten. Also, prep everything that can be prepped early, like chopping vegetables, the day before.

Four: Make sure to find out if anyone has a food allergy or food restriction so you can plan with that in mind.

Five: Dishes will be there tomorrow, so just put them in the sink and get back to the party.

Six: Have Fun! Guests will follow your lead and if you are having fun, they’ll have fun too!

Fingers crossed I can pull off our 12 person Thanksgiving meal with grace and without giving anyone food poisoning. Do you have any additional tips (or delicious recipes) for me?!

Holiday Entertaining Bundle 2

To kick off the holiday entertaining season, Cricut is hosting an AWESOME giveaway! Four winners will each receive a Cricut Holiday Entertaining Bundle and one lucky winner will receive the Holiday Entertaining Bundle PLUS a Cricut Explore Machine!

Make sure to enter HERE!

Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Cricut but, as always, the thoughts expressed in this post are my own.