San Diego Home/Garden Lifestyles Magazine: Advice for hosting Thanksgiving


SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Dani Blasena, founder, creative director and lead designer at HauteFêtes, a company that specializes in event design, gives tips for hosting Thanksgiving outdoors this year.

1. Choose muted shades that blend seamlessly with the garden instead of the typical orange, yellow and reds we associate with the holiday. Dani likes pale blues, pinks, greens, creams and coppers.

2. Dani moved her antique table from the dining room to her olive tree grove and rented Scandinavian-inspired chairs to make it feel a bit more modern. “We wanted the event to feel like a fine-dining experience in the yard,” Dani says. “The existing patio furniture feels heavier and more casual; we wanted to elevate the experience.”

3. Coppery ranunculus, pink amaryllis, and shades of pink sweet peas, bunny tails and smoke bushes—all textures that mimicked the existing landscape—create a centerpiece (and bud-vase arrangements) designed by Plenty of Petals.

4. Dani used wooden chargers and ceramic plates and bowls to add a clean-lined element to the tabletop. “Everyone should have a few good staples on hand for entertaining,” Dani explains. “You should have chargers and white plates—food always looks good on white plates.” From there, you can change things up inexpensively for different events or holidays. Dani purchased pale blue napkins and gave them “the ghost fold,” which is a knot at the top that highlights the fringe. She printed her guests’ names on torn pieces of paper in an orange font and tied each to a single wheat stem using twine. “You should always make individualized place settings; it feels thoughtful,” she advises.

5. Other than sprigs of wheat, Dani likes the idea of introducing an easily accessible fall element to the table with the place cards. Try slender grasses that don’t shed too much, mini specialty peppers from the grocery store or squash blossoms from your garden.

6. Enchanted evening meals in the garden depend on the magic of lighting. Dani lined the table with candles and positioned lanterns nearby. You might also wrap the trunks of trees in twinkling lights or string market lights overhead. You want to make the space feel as intimate and cozy as your dining room. Dani suggests filling baskets with blankets or putting small throws on the backs of chairs to encourage people to snuggle up as the evening progresses.

7. Cook the turkey and vegetables in an outdoor pizza oven. “We loved the idea of giving the turkey a slightly woodsy flavor,” Dani says. “So we placed the turkey in the pizza oven on a piece of citrus wood.”

8. Do as much as you can outside. Dani created a build-your-own s’mores bar around the fire pit.

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