A side table will help keep your gathering organized and less stressful.
Your table doesn't have to be a formal sideboard that came with your dining room set. It could be a knock-down simple table that you set up temporarily. Cover it with a cloth, a piece of burlap, or a painters canvas drop cloth for a rustic look. I use the mantel in my dining room as my sideboard.
This year I set it up as a bar.
I decorated it with fallen branches I found outside. I placed the branches in a trio of glass vases, and set up tall candle holders on the other side of the mantel to create an informal balance.
I also used a chalkboard to feature the Thanksgiving menu. A chalkboard is a fun way to add a little bit of your personality to the decor.
Learn how to make a Thanksgiving Chalkboard Menu here.