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Effortless Napkins for Thanksgiving

Use these beautiful napkin treatments to celebrate fall and decorate for Thanksgiving.

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    • Tied Up & Dressed Up

      Turn everyday cloth napkins into something special for Thanksgiving. Place an ear of Indian corn on top of a folded cloth napkin and wrap a length of braided cord around it. Tie in a knot to secure.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • Embellished Rings

      Present your napkins wrapped in something special. For best results, use napkin rings with flat exterior surfaces. Wrap napkin rings with strips of paper or ribbon; secure the overlapping ends with double-sided tape. Hot-glue buttons or metal charms (available at crafts stores) to the rings.

    • Watch: How to Fold a Flatware Napkin

      Learn the simple technique for securing flatware inside a rolled cloth napkin.

    • 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.

      Editor's Tip: Repurpose the napkin sleeves for different holidays, using red napkins and silver ribbon for Christmas, for example.

    • Simply Easy

      If your Thanksgiving decorating style is more understated, simply roll cloth napkins and tie with a piece of twine. The result is an effortless look, but the texture of the twine reflects the nature of the season.

    • All-Holiday Special

      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.

    • Tucked In

      A simple fall leaf looks striking against a crisp white napkin. Roll napkins and wrap a piece of white ribbon around the middle. Tie the ribbon ends in a knot around the stem of a leaf.

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      Highly Favored

      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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      Family Tree

      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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      Wheat Garnish

      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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      Rosemary Scented

      Embellished with a tiny sprig of fragrant rosemary, this napkin forgoes a fussy treatment in favor of casual simplicity.

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      Ribboned

      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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      Beaded Ring

      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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      Ribbon Napkin Ring

      For a beautiful fall treatment, fold a napkin into quarters, then bring the two corners toward the center. Fold the top third down toward the back. Tie a brown silk ribbon around the middle to act as a napkin ring.

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      Pumpkin Topper

      Leave a little "present" on each guest's plate with this clever napkin fold. Top it with a miniature pumpkin.

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      Bracelet Napkin Ring

      Cinch a linen napkin with an inexpensive bracelet that looks like a crystal napkin ring for a glamorous table setting.

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      Rosemary Napkin Rings

      Make enchantingly-scented rosemary rings up to four hours before use.

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      Candle Napkins

      For formal and informal dinner scenes alike, fold napkins into candlestick shapes and display them in stemware.

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      Napkin Flower

      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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      Gorgeous Gourds and Pumpkins for Fall Decorating

      Get ready for fall with our fresh ideas for decorating with gourds and pumpkins. Use them to add autumn elegance to your home -- inside and out.
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