Thanksgiving Table Accents

Add a little something special to your Thanksgiving table with these holiday-inspired ideas.


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Thanksgiving place setting decoration
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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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Silverware Companion

    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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Nature's Glow

    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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Orange Topiary

    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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Chair Decoration

    Take your cue from nature to decorate for Thanksgiving. Dress dining room chairs for the occasion with a large bow accented with twigs, pheasant feathers, and a nosegay of small white gourds and silk flowers.

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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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Two-Step Decorating

    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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Holiday Charger

    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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Candle Bouquet

    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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Country Topiaries

    Turn miniature pumpkins into tabletop topiaries with a raffia bow as the finishing touch.

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Golden Gourds

    Stack these painted gourds on a glass cake plate to create an elegant display.

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