Tips for Hosting an Elegant Thanksgiving from Table + Teaspoon's Liz Curtis

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The meal is just the beginning - there's so much that goes into a gorgeous holiday event.

Setting an inviting table is obviously a key part of any food-centered gathering. With Thanksgiving being a holiday that's particularly centered on the meal, your place setting style's really got to be a showstopper. But don't stress! Liz Curtis, the founder of the place setting rental service Table + Teaspoon, shares her great Thanksgiving table inspiration and tips for your best holiday ever.

1. Set a theme for your table.

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It can be as straightforward as a color palette. You may want to up the ante with a more autumnal aesthetic, but don't go so overboard that your guests feel crowded or your table looks forced. Challenge yourself to think outside of the box, simplify your vision and don't forget to include things you love on the table. Your table should reflect your personality! This year I'll be using sliced agate, bronze stars and boxwood topiaries on my Thanksgiving table.

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2. Opt for luxury linens.

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The foundation of your table is the textile you choose for your runner or tablecloth and napkins. Everything you set on your table will go over the cloth and the napkin will be in your guests' hands the entire evening, so resist the temptation to go with basic white linens or paper (eek!) napkins. If you don't want to purchase something new, event rental companies are a great option. Play with patterns in the same color scheme to bring depth to your table.

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3. Think comfort food when it comes to your menu.

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Comfort food is key on Thanksgiving. We crave the dishes that we've had year after year, so don't overthink it by pulling out all the stops with a zillion new recipes. My rule of thumb is to add one new item every year to our otherwise traditional menu. This year, I'm switching up the stuffing by adding caramelized onion and tart apple. Remember to keep your appetizers simple so you can focus on the more difficult tasks like turkey basting and whipping the roux for gravy.

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4. Show your gratitude.

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Almost every year, I find myself forgetting the point of Thanksgiving. I can get so caught up in guest lists, menu prep, grocery shopping, floral arrangements and cooking that it's easy to lose focus on what I'm grateful for (particularly the people I'm sharing my meal with). To prevent the day from escaping you, make gratitude cards for everyone (or find darling options on Etsy) to write the top three things they're grateful for at dinner. Then take turns reading your cards.

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