10 Thanksgiving Table Settings to Impress Your Family

Make your design skills the talk of the holiday

When your family sits around the table for Thanksgiving dinner, you want it to feel special. Simple and meaningful table settings are one way to "wow!" the whole crowd. To make your holiday design planning easy, here are 10 ideas for turkey day.

Gratitude leaves. A personal touch goes a long way. Collect leaves and use a paint pen to write out messages of thanks. Spread the leaves around your table and use extra leaves as place cards to share the spirit of Thanksgiving.

DIY Thanksgiving-themed plates. Why stop at the decorations for holiday designs? Using a paper-cutting machine, you can easily craft vinyl letters onto serving plates with fun messages – making your tableware part of the festivities.

Foraged decor. Thinking back to the great outdoors, you can find a lot of decorative material outside your back door. Use flowers, greenery, pinecones, and other natural elements to create a fall tablescape.

Garland runner. Want a natural theme without foraging? Faux flowers and plants allow you to craft a garland centerpiece while saving time for other holiday preparations.

Personalized pie place cards. Who said pie has to end the meal? Bake mini pies and attach mini place cards for a sweet start to Thanksgiving dinner.

Rosemary. This herb can be used for a simple, seasonal, and affordable table setting. Keep it easy by placing rosemary on a napkin or soaking sprigs in warm water to carefully form miniature wreaths. Either way, your table will look elegant and smell wonderful.

Pumpkin vase centerpiece. Pumpkins are for more than pie! Cut a large hole into the top of a faux pumpkin and arrange flowers, branches, and other decorative elements for a crafty centerpiece.

Apples and leaves. Looking for a different part of fall to incorporate into your tablescape? Apples and leaves are inexpensive representatives of the harvest that look elegant lining the table.

Grateful journals. One way to decorate and show your thanks is a gift. Take composition notebooks, decorative paper, and gold leather cording to create journals your family can take home and fill with thoughts of gratitude.

Thanksgiving utensil holders. Silverware and napkins provide another unique opportunity for d├ęcor. A handcrafted utensil holder or wrap will give a personal touch and a new space for Thanksgiving messages. Click here to learn how.