Effortless Napkins for Thanksgiving
Use these beautiful napkin treatments to celebrate fall and decorate for Thanksgiving.
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Tagged Napkin Rings
These crafty baubles pack a two-for-one punch as both napkin rings and place cards. Print guests' names on decorative paper and cut to fit on metal pendant frames. Glue paper tags to the back of the pendants and string onto lengths of thin hemp (both pendants and hemp are available at jewelry supplies at crafts stores). Tie the tags around rolled napkins and tuck a wheat shock or two behind the tag.
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3 Steps to Finish
Wrap a length of wide ribbon around a rolled napkin. Secure the ribbon ends with double-stick tape. Hot-glue an artificial berry sprig to the ribbon for a touch of texture.
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Form & Function
Add a formal touch to a buffet with these simple napkin-roll sleeves, which secure a cloth napkin wrapped around silverware. Place rolls in a basket at the end of your buffet table for dinner guests to grab as they go through the line. The all-in-one silverware and napkin package is a convenient way to carry the meal necessities from the buffet to the table.
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For napkins that are versatile yet unique enough for holiday celebrations, customize plain white cloth napkins with your monogram. The elegant white napkins can be used for any celebration -- from Thanksgiving to Christmas to Easter. Print your monogram on iron-on transfer paper and transfer to napkins, following the manufacturer's instructions on the package.
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Layer a cloth napkin on top of a dinner plate and charger. Use a small, shallow leaf-shape dish to anchor the napkin in place. Fill the dish with fall-color candies as a Thanksgiving favor for guests.
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Decorate your holiday dinner table with napkins and napkin rings that match the season. You can be creative and combine unexpected items or go for a more traditional look. Give your table settings a personal touch by tying napkins with ribbon printed with a seasonal message. Use a permanent marker to handwrite names on dried or fresh leaves for place cards.
SOURCE Personalized ribbon: namemaker.com
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Autumn Berry Ring
Create napkin rings that echo other materials used on your tabletop. Here we've fashioned small rings made of artificial wired berries -- the same decorations that also grace the centerpiece.
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Here's a simple garnish for a place setting. All you'll need are 12-inch lengths of ribbon and stalks of wheat cut to about 8 inches. Fold or roll the napkins, loosely tie a ribbon around the center, then slip three stalks of wheat under the knot -- the perfect Thanksgiving look.
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Embellished with a tiny sprig of fragrant rosemary, this napkin forgoes a fussy treatment in favor of casual simplicity.
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This napkin idea can be adapted to suit any celebration or season. Tie pretty red silk ribbon in a simple knot, then adorn with a sprig of greenery.
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Though crafters may want to make their own beaded napkin rings, you can also look for hair baubles or wire bracelets that can be used as creative napkin rings.
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Acorn Napkin Tie
Bring nature to the table with a pretty do-it-yourself napkin tie by embellishing velvet ribbon with twigs and acorns.
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Leave a little "present" on each guest's plate with this clever napkin fold. Top it with a miniature pumpkin.
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Rosemary Napkin Rings
Make enchantingly-scented rosemary rings up to four hours before use.
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For formal and informal dinner scenes alike, fold napkins into candlestick shapes and display them in stemware.
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Make napkin "roses" by folding a napkin lengthwise in several folds, then rolling it up to form a rosebud. Set these in little bowls and garnish with a place card cut in a leaf shape.
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Velvet Leaf Napkin Rings
Add texture and color to place settings by wrapping velvet leaves around napkins.
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Water Lily Napkin
Let the flower napkin inspire a water theme for the table -- continue the theme with a low centerpiece of floating flower petals.
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Posy in a Glass
To make this table accent, fold a napkin in half, then begin to roll it -- starting with a diagonal that begins at the center of the folded edge. Cinch with a napkin ring, ribbon, or silk leaves about 4 inches below the top, then set in a glass or on a plate.
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Tiny Gifts & Button Napkins
Treat your guests to a special holiday place setting. Embellish a plain linen napkin with brown buttons, then rest a tiny wrapped gift in the center of the napkin.
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