Well before you perfect your Thanksgiving turkey and pumpkin pie, take time to figure out how you're going to dress your dinner table. Even if you don't go all-out with place cards and table settings, a seasonal centerpiece is an easy (and affordable!) way to elevate your family gathering. No matter what style you're going for — rustic, glam, or full-on fall — DIY these simple yet elegant Thanksgiving centerpieces to wow your party guests with a well-dressed table. While a vase of flowers is a go-to for any party host, these easy-to-follow centerpiece ideas make your holiday setting even more personal and most of all, Instagram-worthy.
These little pear turkeys are too cute, and this is a great project for the kids. You’ll need pears obviously, plus some craft paper and a few basic crafting supplies. You can use these to dress up the entryway table or create a centerpiece. You could also put name tags on them to personalize your place settings for Thanksgiving dinner. Oh, the possibilities!
The trick to affordable Thanksgiving decorations is to use your natural surroundings. Do you have pine trees and maple trees in your backyard? Then use them in your decorations! If you can find cheap pumpkins, gourds, apples or cranberries, then buy them to use for your Thanksgiving decor and work with what you have in your home already (vases, candleholders, jars, etc.).
Chances are that anyone not preparing food will be glued to the football games, or idly messaging on their phones, or doing any one of the things that people do as they bide their time on Thanksgiving Day. No doubt the house is spotless, and the table is dressed in holiday finery, but how much more engaging would the party be with the right Thanksgiving decorations in place?
Gilded fruit is elegant and gorgeous! Who wouldn’t want to use this for decorating? And, it’s really easy so you can have these little beauties all over the house. Pears and apples are of course the go-to fruits for fall, but you could honestly use whatever type of fruit you wanted. The goal is to add beautiful golden colors to your decorating, and you can put them in bases, bowls, or whatever you have on hand.
This Thankful Tree is the ultimate decoration for the holiday. I mean, what’s more Thanksgiving-y than a Thanksgiving tree? Some twigs and a few pieces of construction paper, stationary, paint samples, or whatever you have on hand to use for the messages is all you need. Write down everything you’re thankful for, or have guests write things down as they come in and out over the Thanksgiving holiday period.
Some string or rope, a few leaves and other fall foliage, and just a handful of other supplies and you’ve got the makings of this lovely Thanksgiving garland. Hang this up across the mantel, or anywhere you need to add a little holiday cheer. It’s easy to make and completely customizable. You can use whatever you want. Add in cranberries, cloves, and maybe some cinnamon sticks and it will also give your home a wonderful Thanksgiving smell.