entertaining inspiration

The holiday season officially kicks off in a matter of days, wow!  Or in my case, whoa!  Here are three of my favorite Thanksgiving setting table images.  For fun let’s take it one step further – I’ll share a description of the hostess who I think compliments each dining scene.

1.  Miss Classic: she loves tradition, tartan plaids, and texture.  Her holiday cocktail?  This tasty Southern cocktail recipe Lindsay Bierman shared in his interview last year.


Her style is elegant, ladylike, and bold.



The shoes. It’s all about the shoes.  Can’t find this exact pair but these metallic pumps are a close second.  I bet champagne tastes better when wearing silver shoes.  Also LOVE these equally enticing neutral ankle strappy heels on sale..they would go with everything.

These hotties are pure sass.  On clearance for a  great price.  Miss Classic knows that shoes make the outfit.

jcrew shoe


2.  Miss Martha-meets-mod.  She loves simplicity, is unfussy, and chic.  She’s that girl in a messy bun who is always wearing the right accessory, right down to the color of her nails.  Her holiday cocktail?  This amazing cucumber gin fizz.


She would pop on this killer Camilyn Beth go go dress and leopard heels for her table setting.  Maybe even some fun booties in lieu of a traditional look.


3.  Miss Cozy.  She is the hostess with the mostess.  Every dish is organic…even the cranberry sauce (which of course is freshly made for her guests).  Her dinner is placed next to a roaring fire inside her darling chalet in the mountains.  Dessert is accompanied with hot cocoa and a cashmere throw.  Her holiday cocktail?  This Marnier chocolate bonbon recipe.


Miss Cozy would go with layers and a little glam to host her dinner.  So easy to pull of this look.  I mean, who doesn’t have a chambray top and cute pullover?  Don’t forget the bling.  Or the boots – I wear mine everywhere.


One final entertaining note…I know I’m obsessed with rosemary, but I could not resist these adorable place cards!  DIY here.


Just pre-ordered our Thanksgiving free-range turkey from our nearby organic market.  I’ve finally mastered the art of cooking a flavorful turkey.  Can’t wait to cook up all of our favorite comfort foods for Thanksgiving!

QUESTION:  Which hostess best describes you – #1, #2, or #3?

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  1. Aunt Pat says:

    here is a book recco for Christmas: The Christmas Wish
    the photographer and writer are friends. the girl is their daughter.

  2. CArolyn says:

    I am the cozy one…but like a bit of traditional as well. My Herend china is all the traditional I need and then go from there.

  3. jennifer says:

    this all makes it look so easy!

  4. Aunt Kathi says:

    This was a great post, Seleta… and brings back so many memories about all the dinners we’ve hosted, etc.
    I’m the Moody hostess… I like all three and enjoy each. hah.
    My Classis hostess is well established in that my Great Aunt Mary’s Haviland china makes such a beautiful holiday table that we always used it when my mom was still with us; but,
    the Miss Martha is always anxiously awaiting to pop out at any time for a smaller, more intimate, close friends and family type of affair. This is where I used my place card holders.
    The Cozy is our everyday without the place cards, but we have the rosemary growing just outside the windows or in the kitchen garden. You see, we live in a wooded area providing all the pine cones and rustic surround for our formal and casual dining areas!
    One final note… I’m already gluten free and almost totally organic, plus now buy 100% cotton!

  5. Janice says:

    I’m definitely #3 miss cozy .. Cozy but not quite rustic… And that outfit is sooooo me!
    A great post!

  6. Number 1 describes me to a tee.

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