Effortless Entertaining: Thanksgiving Edition

Hello, La Dolce Vita readers and happy fall!  Erin of Fig + Cotton here with a recipe for an effortless — but also gorgeous and memorable — Thanksgiving.

This is the first year for Mat and me to host Thanksgiving in our home, and I could not be more excited.  I hope these tips help you transform your holiday into one for the memory books…without being completely overwhelmed!

1 /  The centerpiece for most Thanksgiving dinners is the bird.  This will be my very first time to cook a turkey, and this recipe looks like a winner.

2 / Never forget the kids table.  I can’t wait to make some fun (and simple) personalized place mats for Rex and his cousins.  Here is some fun inspiration!

3 / Our Thanksgiving holiday is always pretty casual, as far as attire.  I think this outfit of skinny jeans (a little stretch never hurt anyone), a button down, and a comfy cardigan is a winning combination.  For more fashion inspiration, visit Fig + Cotton’s Pinterest page.

4 / For your centerpiece, chose uncomplicated florals in neutral colors.  This photo is actually from a Thanksgiving post coming soon on Fig + Cotton, and I simply cut some pretty magnolia leaves from the neighborhood and placed them in a big jar for a gorgeous — and free — centerpiece.

5 / Elegant and rustic table settings are my favorite.  Since we are no-fuss family, I love the simple white linens, rosemary, and twine-wrapped flatware for this year.

6 / Oh, the sides.  I do love a turkey, but I really think the sides are my favorite part of the Thanksgiving meal.  Try this Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Butternut Squash recipe, my aunt’s savory cornbread dressing, and this decadent macaroni and cheese to round out your meal.

7 / Last Thanksgiving, I wrote about some last minute holiday ideas.  These artichoke place cards are still some of my favorite.

8 / I don’t know about you, but in the Sanders/Hodges household, but we do like a good bottle of wine with dinner.  I am a Rose fan, and I love the way a dry rose pairs with turkey.  Here are some fun suggestions.

9 / Oh, and how can we forget dessert.  Williams Sonoma lays out their pics for the perfect Thanksgiving pies.  You can find some winners here.

I hope you have a wonderful holiday, and I will see you next month!

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