Easy Thanksgiving Ideas

Enjoy an easy Thanksgiving this year with our stress-free recipes, simple craft ideas and cooking checklists.

Simple Thanksgiving Centerpiece

Decorate your table for Thanksgiving with a centerpiece of pumpkins, pinecones and gold accents.

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  • Newspaper  
  • Gold spray paint  
  • 5 or 6 pinecones  
  • Walnuts or almonds in shells  
  • 3 gold corsage leaves (available at craft stores) 
  • Gold glitter  
  • 2 pillar candles  
  • 2 glass hurricanes  
  • Turkey figurine (available at galesgifts.com)  
  • 3 small white pumpkins (available at zimmermanmarketplace.com)  
  • Iron  
  • Wide ribbon, at least 4' long  
  • 1 bunch gold Ting branches (available at save-on-crafts.com)  
  • 1 bunch strawflowers
  1. Working over newspaper in a ventilated area, spray-paint pinecones, nuts and corsage leaves gold. While still wet, dust with glitter; let dry.
  2. Place candles inside hurricanes. Place turkey figurine in center of table and arrange pumpkins and hurricanes on either side.
  3. Iron ribbon. While warm, wrap around finger. Hold for a moment; uncurl. Arrange around pumpkins, hurricanes and turkey.
  4. Break off several 8" pieces of Ting branches and position on table.
  5. Scatter pinecones and nuts on table. Wrap wire corsage stems around pinky to curl; slide off. Slip one wire around each pumpkin stem.
  6. Tuck straw flowers loosely around base of hurricanes. Light candles.