This article is part of our 2019 Holiday Entertaining Series sponsored by Roots Catering

There’s a lot of carved pumpkin centerpiecing going on again this year…including some DIY centerpiece crafting parties that we think need to get on the CLT radar asap. Mix up a batch of seasonal cocktails and have at it, you deserve a little fun with the girls before the onslaught.

photo and design via @koralsrusticfarmhouse
photo via @jaime_bell111

Not all of us are crafty or so inclined, even with the promise of cocktails, so we shopped a few of our favorite QC boutiques for things easy to pick up and decorate with. We also got some great tips from our Seasonal Sponsor ROOTS CATERING:

Thanksgiving Decorating Tips + Tricks from Roots Catering 

1. Use grapevine as the base for your wreath and it will last for years – make it yourself or buy a pre-shaped one- When the season rolls around, add a small bunch of fresh magnolia leaves, pine cones, eucalyptus and/or berries to the wreath using floral wire. It’s easy to switch out your floral addition as the seasons come and go.

2) Table Decor & Centerpieces –

  • Use a simple table runner rather than a table cloth to enhance your centerpiece
  • Use fresh herbs in your centerpiece or around your table display for a festive and great smelling addition-
  • Go minimal with your centerpiece if you plan to serve your meal family style
  • Don’t make your centerpiece too tall – you want to see your guests across the table


3) Instead of burning a scented candle that may fight with the smell of your holiday feast:- Throw a batch of cookies (even the store bought kind will do) in the oven 30 minutes prior to guests coming over for a delicious and homey smell- Or Simmer water with rosemary, orange slices and cinnamon sticks on the stove.

What’s In CLT Stores Now?

Theory Design Studio – 25% off Fall Items!!

Neiman Marcus

NM’s Autumn Harvest Wreath $425
NEIMAN MARCUS Autumn Leaves PlacematS by Mackenzie Childs $34 each
NEIMAN MARCUS Give Thanks Table Setting Decor Collection $00
NM’s Hester Cook Golden Harvest Paper-Table Setting Decor Collection $110
NM’s mackenzie childs lapis- umbo turkey 300

blis Uptown

blis’s I am Thankful for… 
Jar with cute cards inside to fill out $16.50
Turkey sitter where you can add your thankful cards as the feathers $16.50
beautiful turkey platter $50.00 at blis Uptown
blis’s Glass blown pumpkins -$22.50-$26.50
Metal turkey tea light holders $7.50-$9.50
blis’s Happy Everything square plate is perfect with the Pilgrim attachment.         Plate $50.00.  Attachment  $18.00
blis has this wooden tea light holder ~ great for your dining room, kitchen counter or mantel. Add fresh greenery and berries around the base for a really pretty touch. $50.00

Storey Home

Storey’s Bronze bowl:$84 and Silver bowl:$65 with cream decorative balls
Storey Home’s Gold Candle Stick Holders:$148 for the pair
Black spiral candle sticks $26 for the pair
Perfect for the Table scape! Storey’s Tortoise glasses:$72 each
Tortoise stemless glasses:$64 each

The Mint Museum Store Gift Shops

Mint Museum Store’s Metal Turkey Planter – $28
Lisa Oakley Glass Pumpkins – Sm $45 / Lg $130 
Mint Museum Store’s Turkey Enamel Pin – $12
Talk Turkey To Me Oven Mit – $10
Miint Museum Store’s 100% Soy Wax Fall Harvest Candle – $20

Lemondaisy Design

LEMONDAISY’S Thanksgiving Cornucopia Linen Cocktail Napkins

$28.00 BUY HERE (also makes the Perfect Hostess Gift!)
LEMONDAISY’S Thanksgiving Cornucopia Kitchen Towel

$18.00 BUY HERE

This series is brought to you by Roots Catering, which provides the community with locally-sourced, handcrafted catering for any event. Led by Executive Chef Craig Barbour, who with his experienced crew can specialize any menu for any occasion. From weddings, to social gathering and corporate events to everything in between, the Roots Catering team goes above and beyond to create and execute an unforgettable experience.