The dinner table is the focal point of the Thanksgiving feast, partly because of the anticipation created by all those wafting aromas of delicious food. It may be several hours before the turkey is pulled from the oven, gravy is brought to a boil, potatoes are cooked, mashed, and mixed, and the feast is ready to be served. Everyone knows that this once-yearly Thanksgiving feast is well worth waiting for, and the table will be the place where the best stuff happens.
For a wreath that lasts from fall through Christmas, try this brown and gold arrangement.Wire dried artichokes, lotus pods and pinecones to the bottom of a grapevine wreath. Tuck brown- and gold-tinted magnolia leaves (from a crafts store) between twigs. If needed, secure leaves with hot glue. A glittery bird ornament perched on a pinecone (and secured with wire) adds shimmer.
Fashion flowers from corn husks for seasonal napkin rings. To create the flower, cut a freehand spiral from a soaked corn husk so it has at least four rings. Starting from the outside, roll up the spiral. This will form a rose shape. Let dry; the rose should hold its shape loosely. Secure with gel glue. Glue a circle to the base. For the ring, cut out a rectangle and fold to form a loop. Hot-glue ends. Glue flower to the top, and you're ready!
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.).