It’s hard to say because I love so many holidays, but… I think Thanksgiving is my favorite. The food, the people, the leeefftttoooovvveeerrrsss…. It’s perfection.
We’ll head to our hometown for Thanksgiving, as we already celebrated with our STL crew during my ninth annual Orphan Thanksgiving / Friendsgiving dinner party. If you’re hosting this year, I have two easy-to-replicate ideas you still have time to pull off.
Table Idea: Boozy Thanksgiving Place Cards
Each year, I try to do something a little different than I did the year before at our Thanksgiving party. This year I had planned to have mini liquor bottle place cards… and then I forgot I had bought them and found the turkeys. Realizing I had both, the solution was clear: boozy Thanksgiving place cards.
It’s easy, I swear. Grab hollow chocolate turkeys – I found mine at World Market – and tie a name tag to the base. I used leftover wood-printed scrapbook paper, a punch from our wedding, and metallic markers. Then take a little festive Washi tape – this one is from Target – and tape it to the top of the bottle. Snip the ends into a little flag and put a pair at each place setting. After dinner, let your guests know to unwrap the little birdies, bite their heads off, and pour themselves a shot! Depending on how awkward you assume Thanksgiving dinner will be, you may want to upgrade the bottles from Bailey’s to Jack. You’re welcome in advance.
Decor Idea: Leaf Chandelier
I had a handful of leftover felt fall leaves from previous crafts I’ve used as table scatter the past few years. I hang ornaments from our chandelier during Christmas, and I wanted to recreate that idea for autumn.
A few fake leaves, a needle, and some thread finally gave purpose to these leftover leaves. Plus, they’re so small they don’t interfere with anyone seeing across the table.
See the rest of our Thanksgiving-ready home below. I might have gone a little overboard for a holiday that isn’t known for its festive decor… Every time I see a turkey figurine I seem to find a reason to buy it. Oops.
Looking for Thanksgiving decor? I have found most of mine in the Target dollar section and at Gordmans, Jo-Ann Fabric, World Market, and HomeGoods. It is already closed out at tons of stores, so if you’re thinking you’d ever wants some, now is a great time to shop before all stores move 100% to the December holidays.
Happy (early) Thanksgiving! What do you have planned?