Create a Wine & Appetizer Bar – Planning for Thanksgiving

I’m in full “planning for Thanksgiving” mode.  This year my sister and her family will be joining us from Utah! I had plenty of time to plan, then a quick unexpected trip to Disney Land has been thrown in for this weekend.  I feel behind already. Poor me.thanksgiving decorating

If you like decorating and could use a $100 gift card to purchase some cool holiday decor……..keep reading.

I’ve partnered up with Kirklands and their promotion “Plate Your Style” to create a fun Thanksgiving table idea.  I also talked them into giving one lucky reader a $100 gift code to their site. (I’ve got your back)  I ordered all my fun stuff last week and it was on my porch 3 days later! FAST!  I picked up a few harvest items and other items that can transition into other times of the year.  I love cross over decorating elements.

My gal pal Krista came over to help me play with a few ideas.  We decided that creating a wine and appetizer buffet would be fun and helpful to many of decorating

Having a beautiful space for your guests to place their potluck dishes or a designated space for a beverage bar keeps things organized and looking nice.

Thanksgiving Decoration

When horizontal space is limited, going vertical is your only option.  Using your vertical space allows you to use more items………whether it’s for decorating or entertaining. I wanted to use as many of the items I had just ordered.  I couldn’t NOT use them!  Decorating with vertical space allows to you to mix it up a bit.

thanksgiving buffet

We added props under table cloths to create height and a place where dishes could be placed as they arrived. Books, boxes, upside down planters……you can use anything that gives you a flat surface. Arranging dishes on different levels also allows you to fit more platters of food in a smaller area.  Adding small elements of surprise, like the cute acorns will bring personality.

table centerpiece Thanksgiving

In the mean time before putting the leaf in my table ……. making it 100 inches long…….I thought I’d use these adorable lanterns and another twig pumpkin.  When in doubt, just be symmetrical. It always works.

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Since 2007, Kim has been sharing tips and tutorials on how to live a creative life. Owner/Founder of Today's Creative Blog and where inspiration happens everyday! From the Pacific Northwest, Kim is a busy mom who adores her teen son, her middle aged husband and is constantly wiping the muddy paws of her adorable Labradoodle Maybelline. In her spare time, she teaches fitness classes and loves to decorate with thrift store bargains. You can also find Kim once a month on Portland's AMNW Morning show as their "creative expert". Life is more fun when it's creative!





  1. Emily Kephart says

    I would love to shop at kirklands, I would choose Patchwork umbrella stand and glass Safari Bottles set of 3

  2. Tammy Daves says

    Thanks for the chance – I loveeeee Kirklands and the setup you have created for Thanksgiving I would totally love to spend it for that… They also have some nice Christmas stuff I would love :0)

  3. Melinda Wilson says

    After the first of the year, I plan to update the kitchen and breakfast nook so I am in the process of looking for a new “theme” which would include pictures, rugs, etc. There are several on this website that I like!

  4. Trish T says

    I follow Kirklands on Pinterest now and just found a piece of furniture I’ve been searching for for almost a yr! SQUEAL!

  5. Valerie white says

    Whay an awesome site! So many things to choose from but I love the teal and gold

    Light up lights they would go perfect on my new scrapbook room!

  6. Jani Johnston says

    Thank for offering the giveaway! I’d love to have that Catarina Fire Screen! Beautiful:-)

  7. Cynthia B. says

    I’d love to get some sconces for our living room, new seasonal table linens, and a table lamp for some shelving we just got for our office. That GC would go very quickly at Kirkland’s – great selection of fun stuff. Thanks for the chance to win!

  8. Meg says

    This is my first Christmas in my new home (first home, as opposed to an apartment). So I need a TON of things for the holidays. I’d probably spend my $100 on a mix of tree decorations, stocking holders and dinner table accessories!

  9. Kathy H says

    I’d love to purchase some canvas art. I’m not sure just exactly what yet, but I have an empty wall in my foyer that’s just begging for something special! Be especially blessed, Kathy

  10. Lana says

    I would buy some ornaments for my Christmas tree and some fleur di lis stuff to decorate in my home.

  11. says

    Supercool shop! I’d definitely love to get some new rugs and curtains…probably the Dark Brown Sisal Runners (I know, not exciting but exactly what I need) and the Paris Chocolate Curtain Panels. Many thanks…Cheers!

  12. Mitzi Peterson says

    I love the stuff from kirklands! I would get the red lantern and some other pretty candle holders. I like their plates and chargers too.

  13. Deb says

    Kirklands has been a favorite store for awhile now… inexpensive and always trendy! I’m a Christmas decoration freak, so I’d have to get some mercury glass things for that, some decorative sticks with lights on them, oh..the list could go on!! They have an awesome furniture piece that would look so great in my front room that I’m redoing!! Thanks for the opportunity to win!!!

  14. Jocelyn says

    I love Kirkland’s! I would get some more of their serving pieces for the holidays or maybe some of their gorgeous mercury glass!

  15. MaryB says

    I would get some of the serving items (cake plates) and maybe a new lamp. Thanks for offering the giveaway.

  16. Brenda says

    I drool every time I go into Kirkland’s, especially around the holidays. I bought a wonderful vine pumpkin for fall and colorful napkins rings on my last visit. I just can’t afford to go very often! LOL

  17. Diana Johannesen says

    I never saw Kirklands the way you do…interesting to see it your way! Like the tables with bling.

  18. Melani Anne says

    I love the decorations you put together! I have family coming in next week and this is our first apartment so I’m in need of decorations, lol! Thanks for the opportunity!

  19. Gina Bean says

    I would buy the the Andora Blue bed set! We are in desperate need of a new one!

    I follow Kirkland’s on Pinterest :-)

  20. shannon snelling says

    I would love to get new stockings for everyone this year and a tree skirt, some ornaments would be nice too! Thanks for the chance to win!

  21. Lora W. says

    Thank you so much for the giveaway! I would love to get one of their Baker’s Racks. They remind me of my Mother. She would put plants on hers.

  22. D says

    I would love to redo my bathroom decor. Kirkland has some great products that would do just the trick !

  23. Leslie F. says

    I would pick up some new Christmas decor. We moved into a new home and changed some color schemes so we could use a little more fun in our Christmas decorations!