Thanksgiving Table Accents
Add a little something special to your Thanksgiving table with these holiday-inspired ideas.
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Mini Flower Arrangement
Around the Thanksgiving table, set a mini arrangement at each place setting. Place blooms in mint julep cups, juice glasses, or small teacups. For an eclectic look, use assorted vessels rather than a uniform set.
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Paper & Linen Wrap
Present wine or cider bottles in elegant fall fashion. Cut a triangle shape out of brown crafts paper and wrap around a bottle. Secure the overlapping ends with double-sided tape. Follow with a wrapping of linen fabric and secure by tying a length of leather cording around the bottle. Finish the look with a paper tag printed with a holiday sentiment.
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Easy Ribbon Decor
Lengths of ribbon, printed with a Thanksgiving greeting, dance across the table for an easy table decoration that captures the season's sentiments.
SOURCE Personalized ribbon, namemaker.com
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Pinecone Place Cards
Dinner guests feel ever so welcome with these natural place cards by their plates.
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Humble burlap shines as the star of these silverware packages. Cut a length of burlap about 6 inches wide and about 20 inches long. Lay the strip flat and fold the bottom 6 inches up to form the pocket. Whipstitch or glue the sides together (about an inch in from the edge) using fabric glue; fray the exposed edges. Fold over the top flap and glue a button in place. For dinner, fill with the necessary silverware and put a burlap package at each place setting.
Editor's Tip: Silverware carryalls, like these, are especially handy when serving a Thanksgiving buffet. Guests can easily hold their plates without having to juggle several pieces of silverware as they go through the line.
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For designer holiday flair, decorate your table with these easy-to-make topiary centerpieces.
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Golden Autumn Platter
Decoupage the underside of a glass platter with leaves and tissue papers, allowing autumn splendor to shine through.
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A colonial-era classic, the fruit topiary is given a fresh twist with blood oranges and a metal French flowerpot.
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Take Homes for Guests
Decoupage leaves onto small paper favor bags and fill with wrapped candies to send home with guests. Bags made from decorative paper adds extra holiday flair.
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Pinecone Chair Decoration
Add elegance to natural finds with a shiny satin bow. Adapt this project for Christmas by using red ribbon instead of brown.
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This simple yet statement-making chair decoration can be completed with two supplies and in two steps. Place a burlap square over the back of a chair, then weave five wheat stalks into the burlap.
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For a charger with old-fashioned flavor, use fluted tart pans. Set plates inside the pans to makeover everyday dishes for a special occasion while still conveying down-home ambiance.
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Wine Bottle Pocket
A felt cuff adds seasonal appeal to chilled wine and cider bottles, and protects your table from drips and water rings. With pinking shears, cut a long rectangle from felt (cut a rectangle that wraps the bottle's circumference, plus a little extra for the seam allowance.) Fold the rectangle in half so the short sides are together. Stitch or glue the short sides together to form a pocket. Slip the bottle into the pouch, and tie with a ribbon. Cut leaf and acorn shapes from felt and thin cork, punch holes in the tops, and tie onto ribbon with thread.
Editor's Tip: To skip the sewing or gluing, wrap the felt up around the bottom of the bottle and simply tie tightly with ribbon.
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Old Becomes New
Hunt down vintage linens (towels, napkins, place mats, etc.) with fall motifs, and drape them over the backs of your dining room chairs for a simple Thanksgiving decoration. Secure the linens with safety pins to prevent slipping.
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Instead of standing candles solo in soldier-straight rows, casually group them in the same manner as you would fresh flowers in a vase.
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Turn miniature pumpkins into tabletop topiaries with a raffia bow as the finishing touch.
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Stack these painted gourds on a glass cake plate to create an elegant display.
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