Dressing Your Thanksgiving Table

Thanksgiving is a busy day for any hostess, but especially one that is fitting in her preparations around the demands of cross cultural ministry!  While I can’t help you locate a turkey or a can of cranberry sauce, I did want to share a few simple and doable ideas for beautifying your Thanksgiving Table.

No autumn leaves to gather where you are?  Use felt to create monogrammed napkin rings and leaf decorations.  A rectangle of felt in a coordinating color could be used as a place mat.  Felt is very easy to work with and requires no sewing since the edges don’t fray, just make sure you have sharp scissors!   Older children would be able to help by cutting out leaves and letters.  Don’t have felt where you live?  Colored cardstock or paper would work beautifully as well.

Place cards are the easiest way to make your guests feel special!  I love this simple combination of herbs and ribbon.  Don’t miss that white candle either.  Candles are a great low cost way to add ambience and elegance!

Hard to find pretty ribbon?  This project uses just a little, but packs a punch.  Find two coordinating ribbons and thread them through some cardstock trimmed with scrapbooking scissors.  It doesn’t get much easier than this!

Heather Chadduck used antique ledger paper for place cards and tied her silverware together with a ribbon.  Don’t you love how the fork becomes the place card holder?  You can see more of her great design here.

Have you ever thought of a better way to incorporate your favorite verses and quotes about thankfulness?  I’m definitely doing this!

And lastly, my FAVORITE idea is one your children will go crazy over!  Wouldn’t your little pilgrims LOVE sailing their Mayflower across the ocean?  An inexpensive map becomes an instant tablecloth.  Not a chance you’ll find one where you live?  Check here or here for some printable maps which could be used as placemats.  Or if you want to get your kids more involved, sketch a rough map on butcher paper then have them color it in, or have your older children do the “tablecloth” all themselves!  You’ll find the instructions for the ship place cards here.

However you decide to dress your table, I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving and that your family is blessed by all your efforts to make it a special day!

Photos: Country Living, My Home Ideas and Martha Stewart Living

(Post by: Shilo)

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6 Responses to “Dressing Your Thanksgiving Table”


  1. 1 Julie November 18, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    I love the herbs in the place cards, I may just try that! Since we’re doing Thanksgiving outdoors, I think I’ll have everyone write their favorite verses on gratitude right on the butcher paper table cloth.

  2. 2 Becky November 18, 2009 at 10:48 pm

    Great pictures, cute ideas! Thanks!

  3. 3 Ana November 19, 2009 at 3:37 pm

    Shilo, I love your ideas and #3 is my favorite too!

  4. 4 Addie November 19, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    I love these ideas, all so elegant yet simple! Thanks for sharing!

  5. 5 Ashley L. November 19, 2009 at 7:03 pm

    I think we’re going to do the boats and map idea for our kids’ table too! What fun! Let’s just see if I can manage the origami! =)

  6. 6 Susan November 20, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    These are all beautiful AND doable!!Thanks for all the great ideas.


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