By most standards, Thanksgiving is pretty much the most maximalist holiday of the year — and that’s a bold statement considering it’s sandwiched between Halloween and Christmas. Those other celebrations definitely take things to the extreme, but they really don’t hold a candle to the excesiveness that is Thanksgiving.
On Thanksgiving, the bigger the turkey, the better. We cram as much stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy and cranberry sauce into our bellies as possible in one sitting — but still manage to save enough room for pumpkin pie and other yummy Turkey Day desserts. Thanksgiving is when we give our stretchy pants a run for the money. It’s go big or go home time.
The only exception? We think there’s a case to be made that minimalist decor is just what our Thanksgiving table needs to balance out the decadence of everything else. This Thanksgiving, let the food be the star by setting a chic, modern table.
Originally published October 2016. Updated October 2017.