Thanksgiving Table Setting Ideas

Thanksgiving Table Setting Ideas

Happy Thanksgiving! What are your plans for the holiday – are you heading to someone else’s home to gather with friends and family, or are you hosting a Thanksgiving gathering yourself? Have you been blessed with the task of hosting this year? Create a fun, fancy and festive table! It’s easy and inexpensive with these inspiring tips and Thanksgiving table setting ideas. Tablecloth and Linens You may feel the urge to splurge on expensive, name-brand linens so they last, but here’s a money-saving tip: don’t buy a Thanksgiving-themed set! Instead, opt for simple designs or solid colors that reflect a palette that works for many occasions. It will be a set you can use all year. Burgundy, cream, gold or dark green are great choices that cover a lot of holidays. And remember – placemats or table runners are great options, too. I love my simple burlap runner and use it for a million different occasions.   Dinnerware The same goes here – a Thanksgiving-themed set of dishes means you can only use it once a year. Go for china, glassware and silverware that sets the table for a plethora of special occasions. The charger underneath a dinner plate, colored cloth napkins, festive napkin rings and other decor can be counted on to bring the table to its intended theme. Little Touches of Autumn It doesn’t seem all that important, but these little bits and bobs are a chance to make the table really Autumnal-looking. Thanksgiving accents for the table are easy to come by, too. Check your local grocery store for things like: Mini Pumpkins Chestnuts Walnuts Gourds Apples...
Ten Great Wines to Pair with Thanksgiving Dinner

Ten Great Wines to Pair with Thanksgiving Dinner

With the veritable cornucopia of different aromas, flavors and textures abounding on the Thanksgiving dinner table, it can feel pretty confusing deciding which wine you’ll serve with dinner on this day of gratitude and grace! The good news is there are actually many options when it comes to pairing wine with Thanksgiving dishes. The experts at GiftTree got together to present this list of ten distinctive, noteworthy wines that pair perfectly with the most popular dishes on the Turkey Day table. Here are Ten Great Wines to Pair with Thanksgiving Dinner. 1. Bridlemile Dundee Hills Pinot Noir The spicy and enticing red fruit scents of this velvety pinot noir represent the best of Oregon’s Willamette Valley. A bright minerality and cherry-mocha finish make this a great wine to serve with savory sage stuffing, buttery sauteéd mushrooms or butternut squash. 2. Martin Craig Luminist Chardonnay Creamy and lush on the palate, baking spice and citrus flavors lend a hand to this lightly buttery and lush Russian River  Chardonnay. The nutmeg aromas from the oak aging in this wine come out when served with cranberry almond stuffing, roasted asparagus and zucchini, or soft cheese appetizers like goat cheese and brie. 3. Columbia Crest H3 Merlot Lusciously velvety with notes of black pepper and earth, backed by a structure that’s rich in dark berries and a creamy oak finish. With medium tannins and only a little bit of acidity, this merlot makes a grand accompaniment for the roasted turkey and its gravy, along with caramelized roasted carrots. 4. Abelroth Brocade Napa Valley Meritage Reserve  Aromas of leather, black fruits and tobacco leaves are pursued by vanilla, cherry, fresh coffee and allspice notes from the...
Why We Gift Wednesday (Give Thanks Edition)

Why We Gift Wednesday (Give Thanks Edition)

Welcome to Why We Gift Wednesday! Each week, we celebrate one of the thousands of reasons that we truly love giving. Whether it’s honoring the relationships that we have, feeling grateful for an occasion or a special time of year, or relishing life’s simple joys, Why We Gift Wednesday is all about giving and generosity – the expression of appreciation for life’s many happy moments. Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, one of the very best days of the year! It’s time to get together and reflect on the year’s blessings. Let’s be honest – for the United States, this year hasn’t been the easiest, most carefree year ever. There has been loss, tragedy, pain and division. It’s been a tough year, and because of that, it’s more important now than ever to seek and hold onto the things we can be grateful for. One bit of advice we recently heard was “when you start to complain, stop and reverse it into a statement of thanks.” For example, it’s been raining here in the Pacific Northwest for about two weeks straight. We could look up at the sky and say, “ugh, we are so sick of this rain!”, or we could stop and say “We’re so thankful for clean, life-giving rain.” It is that little shift in thinking that can begin to cultivate a grateful heart and mind. Try it this week and watch the change take place!   From all of us at GiftTree, happy Thanksgiving to you & yours....
Thank the Host with Thanksgiving Bouquets

Thank the Host with Thanksgiving Bouquets

It’s a lot of work to pull off a great Thanksgiving. If you’ve ever hosted Thanksgiving, you know just how much work goes in to planning and prepping – the decorations, the dinner, the desserts… hosting Thanksgiving is no easy feat. More often than not, while the rest of us are sleeping in and having a leisurely morning, the hosts have been up since the crack of dawn to start cooking, setting the table and decorating. If you’re being invited to gather with friends and family at someone else’s home this year, we think it’s pretty important to make sure the host knows that all their hard work doesn’t go unnoticed. It is Thanksgiving, after all! Show your gratitude by bringing a fresh flowers in a rainbow of colors of the season! A bright and festive bouquet will look great as a centerpiece or in the entryway, lighting up the room and welcoming all the guests. Thank the host with Thanksgiving bouquets – are some beautiful options to show your gratitude! The Grateful Golden Bouquet is a radiant arrangement that reflects the golden light of Autumn itself. Two fabulous fall gifts in one, this lovely autumnal bouquet of peach roses, golden chrysanthemum, oak leaves and more are hand-arranged in an opalescent mercury glass cube with golden ombre finish.   As friends and family gather around the harvest table, they’ll bask in the warm glow of the Family Gathering Centerpiece. The brilliant palette of Autumn is perfectly reflected in this abundant centerpiece accentuated by two tapered candles. Perfect for any gathering of the harvest season, this centerpiece is sure to leave warm memories. Hand-arranged in a shimmering...
GiftTree’s Fond Thanksgiving Memories Contest!

GiftTree’s Fond Thanksgiving Memories Contest!

Enter GiftTree’s Fond Thanksgiving Memories Contest on Facebook You Could Win a $100 Gift Card!  We’re hosting a fill-in-the-blank contest on our Facebook page! On Friday, November 10th, “LIKE” our GiftTree page, find the contest post and fill in the blank in the comments section: My Favorite Thanksgiving Memory Is __________.  We’ll choose a winner on Friday, November 17th, contact them and send a $100 GiftTree Gift Card to spend on festive holiday shopping at GiftTree.com! Hurry! Enter November 10th – 17th on the GiftTree Facebook Page Winner will be contacted via Facebook message on November 17th after 12:00 pm PST Official Contest Rules: Contest entries will be accepted from 9:00 am PST Friday, November 10th, 2017 through 12:00 pm PST Friday, November 17th, 2017. Contestants must be 18 years of age or older to participate. No Purchase Necessary. Void where prohibited. How to Enter: Contestants must comment on the contest post and within their comment fill in the blank with their favorite memory from a past Thanksgiving. One winner will be chosen by a panel of judges onNovember 17th, 2017 at 12:00 pm PST and notified via Facebook Message. Failure to respond to the initial verification contact within two (2) days – 48 hours – of notification will result in disqualification. Prize will be one electronic GiftTree Gift Card valued at one hundred US dollars ($100.00) to be spent on any gift available on GiftTree.com, with gift card code sent via Facebook message or email to winner. By participating, all entrants acknowledge and agree that they have entered the contest of their own free will, that the full rules and details of the contest have been made available to them in writing and they therefore understand...
Why We Gift Wednesday – Thanksgiving Edition

Why We Gift Wednesday – Thanksgiving Edition

Welcome to Why We Gift Wednesday! Each week, we celebrate one of the thousands of reasons that we truly love giving. Whether it’s honoring the relationships that we have, feeling grateful for an occasion or a special time of year, or relishing life’s simple joys, Why We Gift Wednesday is all about giving and generosity – the expression of appreciation for life’s many happy moments. This Why We Gift Wednesday, we’re celebrating Thanksgiving, of course! Sure, Thanksgiving is great – there’s kids running around happily, dinner smells delicious, the weather is chilly but the hot apple cider is pouring, the stories are flowing and football is on! Or maybe it’s a stressful day – maybe you’re the one hosting or cooking for fifteen guests and everything is chaotic! But in spite of the fun or the stress, Thanksgiving is truly the time to gather our loved ones together, look around the table and grasp the magnitude of how blessed we are.   “Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.” –Epicurus “Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson “Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.” -A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh “In the end, maybe it’s wiser to surrender before the miraculous scope of human generosity and to just keep saying thank you,...