Our Unique Thanksgiving Decorating Ideas – Put to the Test

As you may remember, in November we shared some Unique Thanksgiving Decorating Ideas with you. One of our planners, Jeanette, decided to put these ideas to the test during her annual Friendsgiving celebration! The results: our ideas proved to be a huge hit; everyone had a blast and were really impressed with all of the little details.

Jeanette created customized food labels for the appetizers, cocktails & desserts and displayed a chalkboard menu listing all of the delicious dishes she planned to serve.










Jeanette’s husband is obsessed with all things bourbon, so she came up with the idea to have a “Create Your Own Old Fashioned” station and designed a sign for the bar.  She also created a sign for the ladies drink, sparkling cranberry apple sangria (loosely based on Chow’s spiced cranberry sangria).









For the table settings, she used these adorable utensil holders from Craftaholics Anonymous and gold charger plates for a pop of color.  She also created edible pilgrim hat place cards (made out of a shortbread cookie and a Reese’s Peanut Butter cup) with each guest’s name.









For a rustic, elegant look, the centerpieces consisted of white hydrangeas, gold painted pumpkins, and cylinder candelabras on top of burlap squares.









After a few old fashions and glasses of sangria, the guests used these Thanksgiving themed props from The Dating Divas and for a cheap photo booth alternative, she set up the Photo Booth app on the MacBook. As you can see, everyone loved it!




Contact us today for more ideas and tips on how to make your holiday season unique, creative and extraordinary!


The Swank Team

Photos courtesy of Carl Saccone Photography

Gobble up These Unique Thanksgiving Decorating Ideas

Are you hosting Thanksgiving this year? Between basting the turkey, cleaning the house and prepping the pies, decorations may be the last thing on your mind. While you can’t cook everything in advance, you can create a beautiful themed table ahead of time for your Thanksgiving dinner. Here are a few ideas to help you on your way.

If you took some decorating ideas from our Halloween blog post, you may still have some pumpkins lying around. As long as they aren’t carved, you can repurpose them for Thanksgiving décor. Try hollowing one out and using it as the base for your centerpiece, or paint them to add some color to the table. You can even use mini pumpkins as place cards.


Photo Credit: A Pumpkin and a Princess


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Photo Credit: Better Homes and Gardens









Here are some additional ideas using items you may already have on hand.

Take an old hurricane vase and candle and layer corn kernels, red beans and split peas to make a colorful arrangement.


Photo Credit: My Hearts Desire

We also love this simple idea- turn apples into festive candles with an exacto knife and a tea light candle.


Photo Credit: The Berry

Use this free printable to make an adorable ‘Thankful’ banner.


Photo Credit: Shanty 2 Chic

Take advantage of what your backyard has to offer and try these creative ideas. Pinecones not only smell fantastic, but they can also be used in vases or as place cards. If you have some extra time, paint just the tips of the cones for a hint of color.


Photo Credit: Boulder Locavore

Another cute and easy idea is to fill a vase up with acorns and place a candle in the center.


Photo Credit: Good Housekeeping

If you are feeling really creative, write your guests’ names on dried fall leaves to jazz up your table.


Photo Credit: Elements of Style

Finally, incorporate wood into your tablescape to complete a rustic fall look!


Photo Credit: The White Buffalo Styling Co.

We hope these simple ideas will help you create the perfect holiday look.

Happy Thanksgiving!

The Swank Team



‘Tis the Season to say “YES!”

 ‘Tis the Season to say “YES!”

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Happy Autumn love birds everywhere! (Although its feeling less and less like fall and more and more like winter here in the Boston area) With the start of the holiday season, it’s hard to believe that 2013 is already winding to a close. However, “engagement season” is only beginning to shift into high gear! According to the folks at WeddingWire.com, a whopping 43% of couple become engaged between November and January alone! In fact the 2d, 3d, and 4th most popular holidays to pop the question on are Thanksgiving, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Eve (in that order. You can probably guess what the #1 most popular engagement holiday is, but I’ll give you a clue, it takes place in February…)


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The holiday season is so popular for proposals because typically it’s the time of year that families and loved ones come together. Whether you want to pop the question with all of your nearest and dearest surrounding you as it happens, or whether you prefer a private proposal followed up by a group celebration, you can almost guarantee that the people you want to share your good news with will be together for the holidays. Plus, there’s just something about the holidays that carries a little more magic than any other time during the year. Maybe it’s the swirling autumn leaves, the crispness in the air, the first gentle snowflakes that dance as they fall from the sky, the warm smell of smoke as people begin to use their fireplaces again,  or all of the stories and holiday songs that whisper of the supernatural. There’s just something about this period that makes it just a little more special, and a little more poignant than the other 10 months of the year. Proposals are things that live on as magical moments in our lives, even decades after they’ve taken place. It just seems fitting that such a magical event would happen during such a magical time of year.

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Regardless of when you say “yessssssss!,” Swank Events is here to take care of all of the details that follow! Let us help you enjoy the rest of your holidays by taking the stress of wedding planning off of you!

Haaaappy holidays!

The Swank Events team