As the cozy scents of cranberries and pumpkin start heralding the holiday season ahead, it’s a delightful reminder that Thanksgiving is coming up first – and quickly. Adding a little razzle dazzle to your Thanksgiving dishes and décor doesn’t have to be complicated. In fact, whether you’re hosting or being hosted, these ideas and Thanksgiving recipes might just inspire your best get-together yet.

For the Hosted

Whether you’re joining friends or family around the table, putting a little thought into your host(ess) gift or contribution can go a long way to making their day easier. We always recommend asking your host if there’s anything to bring that would help or complement their dining plans. Often, many power-hosts will have thought through every detail and pairing – so don’t be off-put if the answer is “just bring yourself.

Instead, consider bringing a generous floral arrangement, fine chocolates, or a delightful bottle of wine. These host gifts never go out of style and can be enjoyed after the party’s done and the dishwasher is loaded.

If your host drops the suggestion to bring a sweet treat, you can opt for the traditional pie or pick up something trendier like macarons or wine-filled chocolates. Who can turn either down?

For the Host/Hostess

"Appy" Thanksgiving

Hosting loved ones for the holidays is great fun, but also can feel like juggling when the stove-top is firing on all cylinders. One option to help save time (and maximize wow-factor) is to opt for gourmet Thanksgiving appetizers that come near-prepared or have easy-to-assemble components. Here are some marvelous Thanksgiving recipe ideas:

For more ideas, check out Saveur’s picks for Thanksgiving appetizers. Or if you find yourself in a pinch, you can express ship our Beggar’s Purse to your doorstep and elegantly tie up your menu.

Setting the Table

A meal always becomes extra-memorable with impeccable decorative elements. It can be easy to get carried away with the décor-side of event planning, but rest assured that a simple and classy tablescape will always win over the crowd.

Some ideas to consider for this year’s Thanksgiving table:

  • Formal flatware or on-trend gold utensils amp up even the most casual dinners
  • Rich purple, dynamic reds, or shades of blue offer trendy color palette options
  • Add a splash of “merry and bright” by placing chestnuts on top of each plate for a rustic feel
  • Accents of copper, like a rustic bar cart or shabby-chic candle holders, can add to a wholesome feel
  • When all else fails – white-on-white provides the definition of simplicity and polish

For more ideas, check out this stunning gallery from Elle Décor.

What’s on your Thanksgiving menu wish list? Do share your kitchen confidential with us on Instagram @petrossiannyc