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thanksgiving entertaining staple pieces: everything you need to host

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Thanksgiving is just around the corner. And if you’re hosting for the first time, you may be a little overwhelmed. Sure, you could go the paper plate and plastic cup route. But if you want to create a beautiful and luxurious tablescape, there are a few thanksgiving entertaining staple pieces that you need.

I searched the internet high and low for some of the best pieces for you to have on hand. These are investments that you can hopefully buy once and reuse every year if your house is going to be the go-to gathering spot.

why invest?

I’ve fallen into the trap of buying tons of really design-specific things every time I want to host even a simple brunch. You get the colorful plates, the special platter, the cool wine glasses. But when you buy these things haphazardly, what you end up with is a ton of stuff that may not match.

And guess what that means. Next time you’re hosting, you may have to buy the same thing that you already have just in a different style.

So if you’re building up an inventory to reuse over and over, I would recommend going more simple and neutral on these pieces. And that’s what I’ve included on this list. There are plenty of other small ways to switch up the design every year.

I understand that some people’s staples may be a little bit bolder than other. For example: to me, orange is a neutral color. So I also included some pieces for my bold people in each category as well.

I included a variety of styles so that you can get whatever fits your vibe. And even if none of these products speak to you, feel free to use this checklist to make sure that you get everything you need to wow your guests.

So let’s dive right into the staple pieces you need to entertain this Thanksgiving and for years to come.

thanksgiving entertaining staple piece #1: cheese boards

“Charcoochie” boards are all over tiktok right now. But they’re no fad. For those who have a passion for entertaining, having a nice cheese board to display cheeses, meats, and other appetizers on is essential.

Whether you’re doing a casual friendsgiving with some apps or hosting your whole family, put cheese boards on your “need to get it” list.

Anthropologie Picnic Mini cheese boards
Picnic Mini Cheese Board | Anthropologie
Octavia Wood Serving Cheese Board With Cheese Knives Crate & Barrel
Octavia Wood Serving Board With Cheese Knives | Crate & Barrel
Acacia expandable cheese board set - Amazon
CTFT Acacia Cheese Board Set | Amazon
GAURI KOHLI - Abruzzo Round Marble Cheese Board The Home Depot
Abruzzo Round Marble Cheese Board | The Home Depot

thanksgiving entertaining staple piece #2: nice dinner plates

Like I said before, you could do the paper plate route. But some nice dinner plates make a huge difference in how beautiful and intentional your setup looks.

Whether you’re doing a full-on table setting or just stacking some plates for people to grab, these plates are great options. And they’re easily one of the best investments you can make if you’re building up your entertaining staple pieces. If you keep it neutral, you can pull them out year after year and change up the design with other, smaller details.

Stone lava speckled 12-piece dining set with dinner plates - Urban Outfitters
Stone Lava Speckled 12-Piece Dining Set | Urban Outfitters
4pk Stoneware Reactive Glaze Dinner Plate Set | Hearth & Hand, Target
4pk Stoneware Reactive Glaze Dinner Plate Set | Hearth & Hand, Target
Topaz Dinnerware Set (Set of 12 plates) - Articture irregular shaped dinner plates
Topaz Dinnerware Set of 12 Plates | Articture

Because plates are so breakable, here’s a really cute, BPA-free plastic plate option for the kid’s table.

Greenandlife 8pcs/9.3inch Dishwasher & Microwave Safe PP Plates | Amazon

thanksgiving entertaining staple piece #3: serving platters

You obviously need something to serve the food on. So stock up on some beautiful matching serving platters to make all the food that you spent so long cooking look as beautiful and appetizing as possible.

DOWAN Large Oval Serving Platters, 16"/14"/12" | Amazon
DOWAN Large Serving Platters, 16″/14″/12″ | Amazon
Lulu colorful glass Serving Platter | Anthropologie Thanksgiving entertaining staple pieces
Lulu Serving Platter | Anthropologie
Bruntmor - Black Ceramic Serving Platters and Trays | Amazon

Bruntmor – Black Ceramic Platters and Trays | Amazon

thanksgiving entertaining staple piece #4: glassware

I’m a huge glassware junkie, so I’m always collecting tons of mismatched glasses. Doing a more eclectic style of glassware is definitely an option if you’re trying to achieve that vibe.

But if you want your dinner to be a little more polished and formal, glassware is a great way to do that.

Vintage-style glassware | Amazon 
Glassware for thanksgiving entertaining staples
Vintage-style glassware | Amazon
Muse Red Wine Glasses Set of 8- image 1 of 2 - CB2 

Thanksgiving entertaining staple  pieces
Muse Red Wine Glasses, Set of 8 | CB2
Cassiopea Glassware, Rocks, Set of 6, Clear - West Elm
Cassiopea Glassware, Set of 6 | West Elm
Bodega Mixed Glasses, Set of 18 - Crate & Barrel
Bodega Mixed Glasses, Set of 18 | Crate & Barrel

Again, glasses are a really breakable thing to put on each table setting, especially the kid’s table. But that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice aesthetic. Here are some beautiful, but equally importantly durable, acrylic glasses from West Elm.

Fluted Acrylic Glassware, Double Old-Fashioned, Light Gray, Set Of 4 - West Elm
Fluted Acrylic Glassware, Set of 4 | West Elm
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thanksgiving entertaining staple piece #5: chargers

Who doesn’t love a good charger? Even if the rest of your table setting is pretty plain, a charger immediately elevates the look. Here are a couple beautiful yet neutral chargers that can easily fit into any design scheme you have for the occassion.

Acacia Wood Chargers, Dinner Plates, Round Wood Plates, Easy Cleaning & Lightweight for Dishes Snack, Dessert, Unbreakable Classic Charger Plates

Thanksgiving entertaining staple  pieces
Acacia Wood Chargers | Walmart
Galvanized Steel Chargers | Amazon
Galvanized Steel Chargers | Amazon
Gold Charger Plates | Amazon
Gold Charger Plates | Amazon

thanksgiving entertaining staple piece #6: nice silverware

If you want to take it a step further than the clear plastic cutlery, get yourself a nice silverware set to either stash aside for special occasions.

(Full confession: I bought some gold silverware for a friendsgiving and just started using it as my everyday silverware, too. Get that bang for your buck)

20pc Dux Silverware Set | Project 62, Target
20pc Dux Silverware Set | Project 62, Target
Miliano 24 Piece 18/10 Stainless Steel Flatware Set, Service for 6
Thanksgiving entertaining staple  pieces
Miliano 24 Piece 18/10 Stainless Steel Flatware Set, Service for 6 | Wayfair
Silverware Flatware Cultery Set, 20-piece | Amazon
Silverware Flatware Cultery Set, 20-piece | Amazon
Villeroy and Boch New Wave Flatware 64 Pc. Service for 12 | Amazon
Villeroy and Boch New Wave Flatware 64 Pc. Service for 12 | Amazon

thanksgiving entertaining staple piece #7: champagne bucket

Okay so it doesn’t have to just be for champagne. But for me, some kind of a sparkling wine is necessary at every dinner party. I won’t argue about this.

Whether you’re going to fill it up with wine, beer, or La Croix, having a nice bucket to hold drinks in not only lets you display drinks in a pretty way, but it also keeps people out of your fridge. So it doesn’t matter if it’s an absolute mess after all the meal prep.

Mae Champagne Gold Ice Bucket- CB2
Mae Champagne Gold Ice Bucket | CB2
Clear Beverage Tub | Amazon
Clear Beverage Tub | Amazon
American Metalcraft Hammered Aluminum Beverage Tub | Amazon
Thanksgiving entertaining staple  pieces
American Metalcraft Hammered Aluminum Beverage Tub | Amazon

thanksgiving entertaining staple piece #8: candle holders

What tablescape is complete without some good candles.

Since candlesticks are relatively affordable and easily found at the thrift, you can grab some new ones each year to fit your theme. But I would recommend having some solid, staple candles on hand as well.

If you know you’re never going to get sick of gold/black/silver/wood/whatever finish you like, go ahead and grab a couple so you always have some basics each year.

Gold Metal Candlesticks | H&M Home
Gold Metal Candlesticks | H&M Home
Set of 3 Wood/Gold Candlestick holders | Amazon 
Thanksgiving entertaining staple  pieces
Set of 3 Wood/Gold Candlestick holders | Amazon
Main + Mesa Decorative Stoneware Pillar or Taper Candle Holder, Set of 2 | Amazon

Main + Mesa Decorative Stoneware Pillar or Taper Candle Holder, Set of 2 | Amazon
Colette Taper Candle Holder | Anthropologie
Colette Taper Candle Holder | Anthropologie

thanksgiving entertaining staple piece #9: pitcher

This is partially design and partially practical. I love using a water pitcher when I’m entertaining. No one wants to have to get up and go to the sink to fill their water up when it’s gone. So take advantage of this practical use and get a really cute pitcher to use every year.

Of course, you can also use this for things besides water. Sangria and mulled wine comes to mind.

Reactive Glaze Stoneware Pitcher | Hearth & Hand, Target
Reactive Glaze Stoneware Pitcher | Hearth & Hand, Target
Glass Pitcher - Hearth & Hand™ with Magnolia - image 1 of 6
Glass Pitcher | Hearth & Hand, Target
Luna Two-Tone Pitcher | Kirkland's
Thanksgiving entertaining staple  pieces
Luna Two-Tone Pitcher | Kirkland’s

invest in entertaining on a budget

This is a budget-friendly blog. So I understand that maybe not all of these are in the budget for entertaining this year. But that doesn’t mean to throw these ideas away and settle for plastic plates, paper tablecloths, and tin food containers.

You can still have a beautiful tablescape on a budget. Here are some tips:

  • Shop secondhand! Thrifting is always my #1 go to for basically everything I need to buy. You may be able to find every single piece on this list after just a couple trips to some thrift stores
  • Prioritize your investments. You don’t have to get everything all at once. Maybe pass on some of the less necessary things like candle holders, pitchers, and drink buckets this year. Things like glassware, plates, and serving platters are definitely a more important investment. And if you have a serving platter that’s okay, but no matching plates/drinkware, then you just whittled down the list a little more!

good luck and happy hosting!

Hopefully this was helpful and make you feel just a little less overwhelmed with the prospect of entertaining everyone at your house. If you need any more help or inspiration for your Thanksgiving hosting needs, check out the posts below!

The Formula for the Perfect Friendsgiving Tablescape

13 Most Unique Thanksgiving Tablescapes

Budget-friendly Thanksgiving Accent Pieces


About me

Hey my name’s Hannah Michelle Lambert, the voice behind homey homies. I’m an Atlanta-based blogger and interior designer. I’m passionate about fun, adaptive, and affordable design that is filled with personality. And I’m a huge believer in a good DIY. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find the inspiration you’re looking for – and maybe a little extra 😉



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