Five Tips for Stress-Free Entertaining

I feel like I blinked and the first few weeks of November flew by. It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving is only a couple days away. That also makes me a little nervous since Christmas is going to be here before we know it. While I’m not hosting Thanksgiving (All I have to do is show up with an empty stomach.), I thought it would be fitting to share a few ideas I always like to keep in mind when entertaining. To help spark my inspiration for Thanksgiving and the holidays ahead, I’ve collaborated with Glade® to share how you can create the best feelings in your home year-round!

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This past weekend I was inspired by some beautiful blooms I saw at a local grocery store. I threw together a quick and colorful Thanksgiving-inspired tablescape in order to walk you through a few tips for stress-free entertaining. I realize that a LOT more goes into throwing a celebration, but these are just a few of my favorite tips.

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1. Pick a theme.

When I’m hosting a get-together, I think it’s always important to start with a theme. For my table, I was not only inspired by the flowers I found, but I pulled inspiration from this Apple Cinnamon Cheer candle from Glade. The smell of apple and cinnamon always reminds me of home and the fall. Plus, the candle would add a little sparkle to the table. I tied in the apple theme with a few fresh apples on each place setting.

5 Tips for Stress-Free Entertaining | Inspired by Charm

2. Use things that you have.

I have a bad habit of spending way too much money when I entertain. I just want things to be perfect. Over the years I’ve learned, however, that perfection is ultimately unattainable. Now, throughout the year, I collect interesting and unique things when I’m out shopping and use them when I’m entertaining or decorating. I know you’ve seen these polka dot napkins a million times on IBC, but I just love them. They add color, sparkle, and they even match my table runner. To display my little flower arrangements, I used some mini glass canning jars I had on hand. Trust me, your guests aren’t going to remember some fancy thing you bought specifically for a party. They are more likely to remember a unique way you used something you had.

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3. Plan ahead.

We all know that waiting until the last minute seldom works out well. Taking a few minutes ahead of time to pick a menu, make your guest list, and decide on your theme, helps you plan a better party. I planned ahead by creating a seating arrangement. I knew I wanted a fun way to mark where guests will be sitting, so I used a few left over Instagrams I had had printed and just tucked each of them in a numbered table marker. So simple, but if I didn’t have those pictures printed beforehand, I wouldn’t have been able to add this personalized touch. (Yes, that’s my mom vacuuming my grandpa last Christmas.)

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4. Keep things simple.

As much as I love an adorable craft, sometimes simple is best. Yes, I could have tied something to my apples or made some fancy centerpiece, but with the craziness of the season, I know it’s not necessary. Sometimes, keeping things simple allows the focus to be on your friends, family, and the enjoyment you’ll have around the table.

5 Tips for Stress-Free Entertaining | Inspired by Charm

5. Most importantly, have fun.

At the end of the day, this is a celebration. Enjoy it! Put on some happy tunes (Right now I’m loving this collection from 8tracks.), grab a glass of wine, and savor this time with the wonderful people in your life. After all, that’s what this holiday is really about. There’s no sense in entertaining if you can’t enjoy the party, too!

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I hope you liked these tips. Thanks to my friends from Glade for helping me share them with you. They have some really cool new products for the season including their Apple Cinnamon Cheer and Sparkling Spruce scented jar candles. I’m also a fan of their Cashmere Woods Sense & Spray for keeping rooms in your home constantly smelling fresh.

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Happy entertaining, everyone! What tips do you have for keeping your celebration stress-free?

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  • Rosie at

    where are the numbered table markers from? love the photo in them.

  • IrishMimi at

    Are your numbered table markers something you had from throwing an event in the past? They’re very cute — I know I could “craft” a similar thing, but it would be easy to just go buy some – if they’re not too expensive (or I guess just do w/o & put the place . Do you have a resource?
    Thanks for your thoughts & suggestions in your post

    • Michael Wurm, Jr. at

      Oops! I should have mentioned / linked them in the post. They are new and are from CB2.

      Great question!

      xo Michael

  • IrishMimi at

    Nice job w/ the gold polka dots on napkins & runners. As usual, you’ve done a great job coordinating your color scheme w/ fun personalized touches and given us some terrific inspiration

  • IrishMimi at

    Thanks, Michael

  • erin @ House Envy at

    I like that this table is simple and elegant. I also really love that gold polka-dot table runner!

  • girlfromwva at

    LOVE how you used the canning jars for the flower bunch! I like to use vintage salt/pepper shakers, too. (especially when i can get them for 25 or 50 cents at the Hosparus Thrift Store or a yard sale)! Your table is beautiful! And I bet the candles smell good, too!!!

  • Deb @ PaperTurtle at

    LOVE the use of the apples as decorations, Michael. And I really love that you took a big bunch of flowers and broke them down into several smaller bouquets. Just so sweet! Happy Thanksgiving!

  • TracyG at

    LOVE those Anthro napkins, versatile indeed! Love the Fiestaware as well. Your table looks beautiful and I bet it smells wonderful at your house. Glade candles do smell great and are affordable. Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Melanie at

    Great entertaining ideas, Michael – but, you might want to check your calendar. Thanksgiving is a couple of days away, not a couple of weeks. 😉 Have a happy Thanksgiving – I think you should make your vodka drinks that you posted recently!

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