The Friday 5: Creative Ideas for Your Thanksgiving

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1. Gold is a big trend in metallics right now and BHG has incorporated it into this Thanksgiving tablescape.   Love the mix of organic elements and metallics, and it’s pretty simple when you break it down.  Faux pumpkins, gold metallic spray paint, votives, burlap and elements from the outdoors.

Make a Metallic Pumpkin Table Runner

2. These Kraft paper placemats make a unique design statement and give your guests a chance to share what they’re thankful for.  You really can’t get much more simple or inexpensive! (Oh. and see the leaf place card?)


3. This one looks like it would take a little more time and patience but Smarty Had A Party gives you the full tutorial on how to make this Turkey Napkin here.

Thanksgiving Turkey Napkin from Smarty Had A Party

4. It’s a given that you’ll have hot serving dishes at Thanksgiving.  We all probably have hot pads and trivets for that but how fun would it be to use these Cork Leaf Trivets instead? Martha Stewart gives you the template and instructions for making them here.

Cork leaf trivets

5. I’m not including this last one because I think everyone is probably going to put the time into making a photo runner (although it is pretty cool, right?), but more because I like the idea of incorporating family photos into your celebration somehow.

BW Photograph Table Runner

 Just a few ideas for doing that:

  • Lay a photo on each dinner plate, or use them as place cards and incorporate guests names in a creative way.
  •  Make a thankful tree using photos of family members (or use copies and cut them into a leaf shape).  Write why you’re thankful for that family member or event/memory on the back of each photo.
  • Set a decorative bowl full of loose photos on an entry or coffee table so that guests can sift through pics throughout the day and talk about favorite memories.

For more Thanksgiving ideas, check out our Thanksgiving Pinterest Board.

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2 Responses to The Friday 5: Creative Ideas for Your Thanksgiving

  1. PK at Schneidermans November 11, 2014 at 9:21 pm #

    You’re welcome! Thank you for commenting.

  2. Chris November 11, 2014 at 8:37 pm #

    There are some really good ideas here. Thanks!


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