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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Easy-to-Make Place Cards, Napkin Rings and Centerpiece Ideas for Your Thanksgiving Table

Add fall flavor to your Thanksgiving table with elegant yet easy-to-make napkin rings, name cards and centerpiece ideas ~ from natural elements to candle displays, these centerpieces will be a highlight of your holiday table.

Wire Basket Thanksgiving Centerpiece
This stress-free Thanksgiving centerpiece makes a statement on a sage green table runner. Simply tuck pears, nuts, and fresh or preserved leaves in a large wire basket for an updated take on the cornucopia.

Flea Market Finds Centerpiece
Rely on the old for fresh Thanksgiving decorations. Dust off your vintage collectibles, or search flea markets and antiques stores for interesting finds. Here, a glass bowl on an overturned silver mold teams with a canning jar. Adding pecans, wheat shocks, and ears of Indian corn gives the centerpiece a harvest flair.

Corn and Candles Centerpiece
Fall-color candles pay homage to the harvest when surrounded by dried corn in a plain glass jar. What could be simpler?

Thanksgiving Ribbon Napkin Ring
Custom-print ribbon with a Thanksgiving sentiment for simple place cards. Write each guest's name on a dried or fresh leaf using a permanent marker and tie the stem onto a rolled napkin using printed ribbon.

Indian Corn Place Card
Nestle an ear of Indian corn in layers of tamale papers (available at grocery stores) or dried cornhusks. Tie one end with a shiny ribbon. Cut a rectangle from cardstock, write a guest's name on it, punch a hole in the top, and string onto ribbon. Add shimmer to the ear of corn by sprinkling it with metallic dusting powder used for cake decorating.

Mini Pumpkin Place Card
Make room at the table for everyone by layering each place setting. Start with the dinner plate, place a salad plate on top, add a soup bowl, then nestle a napkin in the bowl. Using a paint pen, write a guest's name on a mini pumpkin and lay it atop the napkin. Tuck in a few leaves for an extra touch of fall.

Message on a Candle Place Card
Write words of admiration or thanks, along with the recipient's name, on a strip of paper and wrap it around a glass candleholder. Use double-sided tape to secure. Experiment with layering different papers to create a unique look. Place a pillar candle inside the holder and light just before dinner.

Dried Gourd Turkey with Feather Napkin
Add a dash of humor to your Thanksgiving table with a dried gourd turkey perched atop a wooden napkin ring. Recruit your kids to cut felt and paper pieces and glue them to the gourd to make the turkey's face. For the crowning touch, make the "feathers" by folding a patterned napkin accordion-style and securing with a wooden clip hidden behind the gourd.

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