A Colorful Thanksgiving Table {guest blogger}

By Aleah & Nick Valley

‘Tis the season for dreaming up fun and festive holiday table tops and party ideas as we look forward to the season of celebration. When dreaming up this Thanksgiving inspiration we envisioned a bright and colorful spread with Provençal linens, wooden chargers and neutral colors with cheery pops of warm tones like sunset, canary yellow, deep purple and orange. Thanksgiving has long been a favorite holiday as it signifies so much of what we love and enjoy: family, friends, laughter, delicious food and warmth. We hope you enjoy our twist on a traditional Thanksgiving spread.

  • Keep things simple, yet flavorful and delicious. Mapping out a Thanksgiving menu that you can prepare well in advance is key!
  • Stage warm soups in canning jars and top with a dollop of sour cream, a drizzle of olive oil and a sprig of thyme. Place atop chargers for easy serving.
  • Have take-home boxes prepped before guests arrive so you can easily send them home with leftovers post-feast.
  • Prep a long play list that will set the tone for the festivities. Think about peppering in mellow jazz and instrumentals.
  • Be prepared for unexpected overnight guests. Have clean sheets and towels at the ready.

Design + Styling, Food and Drinks: Valley & Co. | Photos: Bryan Miller Photography

Floral Design: Grand Floral | Table Accents: Cost Plus World Market

What does your ideal Thanksgiving celebration consist of? Any favorite entertaining tips to share?

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About Aleah and Nick

Aleah and Nick are the husband and wife wedding and party planning duo™ since 2003. Throwing incredible celebrations is their way of life, and they pen an entertaining column for San Diego Magazine as well as their two blogs, Valley & Co. Weddings, and Lifestyle. The Valleys have been featured in countless print and online publications like BRIDES Magazine, Seattle Metropolitan Bride and Groom Magazine, RUE Magazine, Style Me Pretty, and many more. Aleah & Nick's favorite moment at their events is seeing the culmination of a dream come to life and their clients and guests are all in the moment enjoying it.


  1. Thyme is one of my all time favorite herbs. I love seeing it used as a key element of decor!

  2. so pretty and rustic!

  3. love it!

  4. This is such a beautiful tablescape. I believe that really sets the stage for a successful party.

  5. This table setting looks particularly bright and cheery! So inviting to gather round!

  6. Perfect organized table with a great theme is really a treat for eyes too the only thing which is left are guest to occupy there seat ASAP :)


  1. […] even more ideas, revisit my brown & cream/white tablescape, and the harvest-inspired tabletop from Aleah & Nick;  OR see my entire Thanksgiving Entertaining series with food & drink […]

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