Thanksgiving Table Decor

Get inspired with ideas for Thanksgiving table décor from Food Network Magazine.

Photo By: GEMMA COMAS ©2010 Gemma Comas Photography

Photo By: GEMMA COMAS ©2010 Gemma Comas Photography

Photo By: GEMMA COMAS ©2010 Gemma Comas Photography

Photo By: GEMMA COMAS ©2010 Gemma Comas Photography

Photo By: GEMMA COMAS ©2010 Gemma Comas Photography

Photo By: GEMMA COMAS ©2010 Gemma Comas Photography

Photo By: GEMMA COMAS ©2010 Gemma Comas Photography

Photo By: GEMMA COMAS ©2010 Gemma Comas Photography

Photo By: GEMMA COMAS ©2010 Gemma Comas Photography

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Pot Your Own Placeholders

Make personalized pots of herbs for place settings: Buy small herb plants from a grocery store or garden center and replant them in miniature terra-cotta pots. The pot pictured is trimmed with gold paint and the name is written in permanent black marker, but you can choose colors to match your decor.

Make Fresh-Herb Place Cards

As you prep Thanksgiving dinner, set aside leftover herbs to use for place tags: Just tie them together and attach a name tag to each.

Order Custom Stemware

Show just what a party planner you are and have a wineglass monogrammed for each guest. You'll need to order them at least a week ahead of time — all the more incentive to nail down that guest list.

Tag Your Glasses

Make personalized wine charms with paper key tags from a hardware store. Write each name on a tag, then just slip the ring around the stem.

Frame Your Menu

Let guests know how much work you put into every dish by printing out and framing labels for each one. Use frames from around the house and set them out the night before so you can plan where all your dishes will go.

Write On the Table

Cover your serving table with butcher paper and write the name of each dish right on the paper. Use a metallic marker for a festive touch.

Fold Fancy Napkins

If you're willing to break out the iron and starch on Thanksgiving Eve, try folding your cloth napkins in the fancy French "server serviette" style.

Arrange Mini Vases

Line the table with small glasses of water and place a baby artichoke in each one. We used purple artichokes, but green ones look great, too.

Build a Veggie Centerpiece

Forgo the flowers and make a vegetable centerpiece: Use a water-soaked square of floral foam at the base of a footed bowl to hold the veggies in place.

Can Do

Set a few cans aside as you're making Thanksgiving dinner and use them to make candles: Buy wicks and shredded wax at a crafts store, then melt the wax according to the directions and add two tablespoons of fragrance oil; try oils scented like pumpkin pie, cranberry and apple crisp. Cut a wick an inch longer than the height of the can, then tie the end of the wick to a pencil and place the pencil across the top of the can so the wick hangs into the center. Then slowly pour in the wax. Let the candle cool overnight, trim the wick and light it up.

Bird in the Hand

No matter how your Thanksgiving dinner turns out, you're guaranteed to get "oohs" and "aahs" when you walk out of the kitchen with this 16-inch, golden inflatable turkey. Everyone can have a laugh — and play toss with the imposter — while you carve the real thing. $12; mcphee.com

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