Ladies and gents, you’ve got a little over a week to prepare for Thanksgiving! We’re just as shocked as you are by how quickly it’s approaching. But have no fear! We are here to help keep you calm during your last-minute panic attacks. This is your year to shine and we want to help you look like a total rock star when you host next week. Thus, we thought we’d let you in on a few super simple ways to make your Thanksgiving table look amazing with minimal effort.
First thing is first. A runner and place settings! These were some of the only things we *didn’t* DIY when we prepared the table. The runner was purchased at Crate and Barrel and had too many amazing fall colors in it to be topped, however if you did want to create your own, we are currently obsessed with doily runners as seen here.
Next, add lighting! To use the phrase loosely, we had a “cornucopia” of lighting on the table, including mason jar candles covered in repurposed sweaters as well as veggie vases for candles (and flowers). Each took us about two minutes to complete… literally.
You also want to remember to add a variety of height around the table for added dramatic effect. Our highest object was a wine bottle that we spray painted to look like a candy corn. To add even more height, we added a few dried stems and flowers. Get the wine bottle DIY here.
Now for the accent pieces. Given all of the mason jars we used for candles and dessert, we had a few extra lids lying around. Thus, the mason jar lid pumpkin. It’s literally just a bunch of mason jar lid rings tied with a burlap string inside. Then bundle 4 cinnamon sticks with a piece of twine and add in the center as the stem. The center of the lids, when covered with fabric or — you guessed it, more repurposed sweaters — make for cozy coasters.
Oh and if you didn’t know, food ALWAYS makes for the best accent decor at Thanksgiving. Keep your guests salivating from the start by putting your favorite treats on display. We found a vintage tabletop display that we decorated with paper leaves and doilies and then added our desserts onto. The pumpkin pie in a pumpkin above is a fun take on the display of any pie or cobbler and a great way to finally get rid of those Halloween pumpkins.
Add a little quirky personality with Oreo turkey pops! We may be biased, but we think they are totally adorable. Oh and PS: These little dudes come in one of our brand new kits so that you can make them on your own. They are $15 and available until Thanksgiving!
Yep, more mason jars. We really love things in a jar around here. These are perfect for single or family-style desserts, like our no-bake salted caramel cheesecake. You can add tags to write the recipe or try getting even more creative and write a line of thanks! Not feeling the cheesecake? Here are more in-a-jar recipe ideas.
We actually first made this burlap wreath for Halloween, but given how amazing and season-neutral burlap is, we decided to re-use it for Thanksgiving as well… this time as a serving platter. The wreath is made from nothing but cardboard, hot glue, and burlap. Just place your tray of goodies (or turkey!) on top for a beautiful rustic look.
Okay, we know that candy corn has been a big deal since the beginning of October, but it goes completely out of style after Thanksgiving, so why not get your fill of it while you can? Our final decor and dessert combo idea is candy corn cones. These are ice cream cones dipped in colored candy melts then filled with colored kettle corn. The ice cream cone stand is perfect for making them both pretty and grab-able.
Finally, don’t forget the alcohol! Wine makes for a great Thanksgiving meal pairing as do colorful cocktails, like our Cranberry Ginger Fizz. Who needs cranberry sauce when you’ve got one of these in your hand? ;)
What creative ideas will you be using for Thanksgiving this year? We want to hear ’em! Let us know in the comments below or find me on Twitter.