Make your holiday meal special with these Thanksgiving table decorations and place-settings
Branches bedecked with gold-tipped foliage and gilded birds create a tablescape that’s both rustic and refined. Use a hot-glue
gun to attach faux leaves (michaels.com) to branches, then add wired gold birds (jamaligarden.com). Cranberry-colored tapers offer pops of color. At Christmastime, add small golden ornaments.
Capture the spirit of the heartland with golden stalks of wheat. Fold a napkin in quarters, then thirds. Wrap a loose-weave ribbon, about 1¼" wide, around the middle of the napkin and secure it in back with a glue dot. Layer a narrow wired ribbon on top, knotting it in front. Tuck wheat under the wide ribbon.
Add pattern to your table with this easy idea. Fold a napkin in quarters to form a square, then roll it tightly. Wind a strip of wrapping paper around napkin and secure in back with tape. Cut two lengths of twine and weave each strand through a pair of button holes. Tie in back.
Dried beans and grains make a centerpiece that celebrates the season. Place a pillar candle in a square or round glass vase, then add grains until the vessel is about one-third full. Wrap a ribbon around the vase and secure with tape. Add faux leaves or a monogram sticker mounted on a circle of card stock, using a hot-glue gun to secure.
Use mini ears of dried Indian corn to decorate place settings. Fold a napkin in quarters to form a square, then roll it tightly. Wrap a cord around the middle of the rolled napkin and tie in a knot. Place corn on knot and tie cord around it, finishing with a bow. To make a name tag, cut a circle out of gold card stock and make a hole with a hole punch. Write a guest’s name on it and thread the cord through the hole.
Fold a napkin in quarters to form a square, then fold the square in thirds. Wrap a wide ribbon around the folded napkin and secure ends in back with glue dots. Layer decorative gold trim on top; secure in back with a glue dot. Tuck a stem of gold faux foliage under the ribbon.
Colorful ears of dried Indian corn are so beautiful they need only a little adornment to make a striking centerpiece. Find them at a farm stand or order them online (ecklerfarms.com). Arrange them in a glass vessel and trim the husks to a uniform height. Thread twine through a button and wrap around the vessel; tie in a knot to secure.