Easy Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids

Kids love to lend a helping hand when it comes to decorating the table with easy Thanksgiving crafts. These easy-to-make Thanksgiving crafts ideas keep the spirit of the season front and center for children of all ages (and help hungry kids stay occupied until dinner is on the table). With place cards, centerpieces, decor, and more, these easy Thanksgiving crafts for kids will get your home ready for the big day.

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Thanksgiving Favorites Made Gluten-Free!

Worried the holidays will wreck your gluten-free diet and leave you feeling deprived of all your favorite foods? Think again! It is so easy to transform Thanksgiving favorites into gluten-free delights. The best part is that everyone at your holiday table will devour these dishes! Use these simple tips, tricks, and recipes to make this your best Thanksgiving yet.

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The Easiest Thanksgiving Plan Ever

Here's how Maxwell Ryan of Apartment Therapy plans his own Thanksgiving day. If you apply his timeline (hint: invite guests over at 3:00), you'll have your best Thanksgiving yet.

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Fried Stuffing Balls

No one will complain about leftover stuffing when you ball it up and fry it.

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How to Make a Table Setting with Lettered Tiles

Guests won't have to guess where they're seat is when you spell out their name with lettered tiles. Creating the craft on a clothespin means you can clip their place setting directly on their napkin.

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Make-Ahead Thanksgiving Appetizers

Overwhelmed with Thanksgiving dinner preparations? Get a head start by making delicious and easy appetizer recipes now. By doing a little cooking ahead of time, you can avoid the hassle on Thanksgiving Day. Our make-ahead appetizers include recipes that can be prepared the day before or up to six months ahead of the holiday.

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7 Tips for Setting a Beautiful Table

Williamsburg home stylist Cindy Cragg shows us how to make each Thanksgiving place setting special with easy, harvest-inspired ideas.

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  • Color reigns supreme. With all the wonderful hues of the harvest season, make sure to layer in a good punch of color at every place setting. "Just like with china and stemware, table linens don't have to match," Cragg says. Mix it up by picking three of your favorite fall colors and incorporating them differently at each setting.
  • Create a glow. Floating tea lights in partially filled stemware is a wonderful alternative to candles on the table. "I love the effect of amber or emerald colored stemware for this purpose," Cragg says. "When nestled in with other glasses, the light from the stemware creates the perfect seasonal glow."
  • Collect fall foliage. Layer an array of red, yellow, and orange leaves around the edge of a charger, or simply place leaves underneath the perimeter of the largest plate at each place setting. "This organic look adds just the right touch of the season," Cragg says.
  • Use your gourd. Small gourds of all colors make wonderful vessels for food. After hollowing out the inside, let the gourd dry before inserting a small bowl to fill with a side dish. "This is a really fun and festive way to serve a first course, like soup, which would already be on the table when your guests sit down," Cragg says.
  • Pick some pinecones. "The color is right, the texture is great, and these guys are perfect for holding on to something," Cragg says. Use the layers of the pinecones' prickly scales to hold place cards. For a different twist, Cragg suggests writing a word or two about what you're thankful for about each guest to place at his or her seat.
  • Add some organic flair. Dress up your silverware for the season with a little raffia and a magnolia leaf. Just roll your silverware up in a napkin, bind with raffia, and insert one magnolia leaf into the raffia tie. The glossy, green color of the magnolia will easily coordinate with napkins of any color.
  • Incorporate fall crops. Tuck a few wheat stalks into candlesticks for an interesting decoration -- and to add height to individual place settings. "A low, wide candleholder made of ceramic or pottery works well to complement the long, rustic look of the wheat cluster," Cragg says.
  • Cindy Cragg is a home stylist and holiday decorator inspired by the truly timeless traditions of colonial Williamsburg. To find more of Cragg's tips, check out Williamsburg Marketplace at www.williamsburgmarketplace.com.

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