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FakesGiving {Part 3}: Decor + Details

The invitations have been sent, the food is planned out, and now… it’s time to make your house look festive!  Now, where to start?

When hosting a party the last thing I want to deal with is washing a ton of dishes.  I know it might not be the most ‘green’ option, but I use as many disposable items as humanly possible.  To keep expenses down, I find most of these at the dollar store, Smart & Final, or at Costco.

Here’s what you’re gonna need:

  • Paper plates
  • Napkins – cocktail + dinner sizes
  • Utensils [plan on twice as many forks as you think you will need — dinner and dessert]
  • Serving spoons — another great dollar store find!
  • Cups
    • Short, plastic cups for wine + non-alcoholic bevvies
    • Disposable insulated coffee cups for apple cider + coffee
  • Serving trays — big, silver platters from the dollar store are great for serving lightweight items, such as desserts or appetizers.
  • {optional} Leftover containers — I got a pack of disposable containers to provide to guests that wanted to bring a little something home at the end of the night, and they were a hit!


Now that you’ve purchased these essentials, the fun part begins: decorate your space!  This doesn’t have to break the bank — there are so many inexpensive ways to make your Fakesgiving feel festive without blowing your budget.  Here are some ideas that I’ve tried out in the past few years:

  • Thankful Tree: Encourage a little bit of reflection on the many blessings in our lives by allowing guests to write some things they are thankful for.  This is a tradition in my family, and it is always cool to see what other people are thankful for.  For adorable downloadable tags, check out this post from Jones Design Company!  Or, you can make your own ‘leaves,’ like I did.

LocalLove805 DIY Decor & Details: Fakesgiving LocalLove805 DIY Decor & Details: Fakesgiving

  • Oranges + Cloves: Not only do they smell incredible, but you can spell out a special message, too!

Just get whole cloves and some navel oranges, trace your desired message or design, and poke cloves into the orange (make a hole first with a skewer, then push cloves through).

LocalLove805 DIY Decor & Details: Fakesgiving LocalLove805 DIY Decor & Details: Fakesgiving

  • Mismatched Tables: No, you don’t have to have perfectly matching table settings, tablecloths, centerpieces, or chairs.  Collect tablecloths from friends or family members and “shop” around your house for table centerpieces.  Even a few interspersed candles really make a big difference.  

The dollar store or your local craft store are also good resources for sale items, especially after Halloween when a lot of fall decor goes on clearance.

LocalLove805 DIY Decor & Details: Fakesgiving

LocalLove805 Fakesgiving - table centerpieces

You can also get creative with vase fillers!  Candy corn, acorns, mini pumpkins, wheat bundles, long branches spray painted gold… anything goes!

  • Paper Lanterns/Market Lights: The best time to buy these is NOW – Target has their market light strands for $10/string, and they are gorgeous all year ’round.  I also bought some paper lanterns on for super cheap.


  • Food Labels: Your guests spent a ton of time prepping and planning their dish — why not give them a little credit!  This is especially important when someone really likes a dish, and wants to know who to compliment (or who to beg for the recipe!).  I re-purposed some birch slices that were once name card holders at a wedding and made little cards for guests to fill out and place next to their dish.  These took, like, 3 minutes to make, and it encouraged a ton of conversation during food-serving time!
  • LocalLove805 DIY Decor & Details: FakesgivingPhoto Banner: Since this was our 5th year, we made a photo banner from all the past years and hung it on a strand of white Christmas lights along our fence outside. This added a fun, personal touch!

LocalLove805 Fakesgiving - DIY photo banner

  •  Photo Area: I actually threw this together last minute, because I had an extra little garland to hang (also from Oriental Trading, although you can make your own!).  No need for a ton of props — just designate a little area for photos, and guest will love posing + posting their snapshots.LocalLove805 Fakesgiving - snap a photo LocalLove805 Fakesgiving
  • Lawn Games:  Who wants to be bored at a party?? NOT ME.  Lawn games are an it-factor for a solid party.  Keep your guests entertained by setting out a set of Cornhole boards or a croquet set — they’ll love it!

LocalLove805 Fakesgiving - croquet & guests

LocalLove805 - Fakesgiving - croquet

The best piece of advice for a flawless Fakesgiving: don’t sweat the small stuff!

As I’ve mentioned before, there have been many things that have gone wrong during my Fakesgivings (ahem, turkey not being fully cooked when it was time to eat, my husband having the stomach flu… yeah. It happened.).  Grab yourself a glass of wine, socialize with your friends, and you will have an incredible event.  Nothing brings a party down like a stressed-out host, so don’t be afraid to ask for help (thank goodness my mom lives close and has helped me every. single. year.).

Can’t wait to see how you all decorate for your own Thanksgiving/Fakesgiving/Friendsgiving celebrations!  Tag us with #LL805 and #LL805Thanksto show off your event!


xx, Nicole {LL805}


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1 Comment

  1. Ashten (@alwaysashten)
    4 years ago

    I will have you know that I received LIVE updates from this party (from that cute guy in the trucker hat in the photos above) and he said it was a FANTASTIC party! Well done ladies! You might have an ATL crasher there next year! 😉


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