As you gather with friends and family this Thanksgiving, the turkey (or turducken for those adventurous types) won’t be the only thing you’ll be talking about. Make your dining table the “center”piece of conversation with these easy and creative table decor inspirations.

You don’t have to spend a fortune to have a beautiful Thanksgiving table that looks like a million bucks. Now’s the perfect time to start planning how you will decorate your holiday tablescape sure to impress your guests.

Reuse Your Halloween Pumpkins:

Pumpkin season continues throughout November, and odds are you still have some gourds from Halloween. Whether you have traditional orange or vintage white pumpkins, simply carve off their tops and use them as decorative planters. Of course, you’ll want to remove the seeds first (roast the seeds for a delicious appetizer). Tip: Add a little craft glue, like Elmer’s and some glitter to give your gourds a little glitz and glamour.

Next, grab some colorful fall mums, succulents or faux flowers from your local craft store like Michaels and voila – a showstopping centerpiece.

Select a Bold Tablecloth:

The right tablecloth and table runner sets the stage for your tasty Thanksgiving meal and will make your centerpiece pop. Forget traditional white linens and instead opt for a harvest or vintage-inspired motif. Buffalo plaid, jacquard, damask and metallic leaf prints are chic and can serve double duty for the Christmas season. This beautiful maple leaf tablecloth is only $11.99 on Amazon.

Keep your kids and grandkids engaged and having fun this holiday with a giant Thanksgiving table cover they can color or paint and be entertained for hours. It’s festive and really adds character to your table.

Copper Accents:

Adding metallics like copper to your table decor elevates a neutral Thanksgiving palette and gives it instant elegance. Try serving up some cocktails or mocktails in some copper mugs, or use copper napkin rings and silverware for that touch of class.

Set the Mood with Lighting:

Mood lighting is essential once the sun goes down. Candles, luminaries or battery-operated garlands illuminate a space and provide instant warmth to your table. Mix and match neutral-colored votives with some taller pillar candles to create a custom fall feel. Then add some twinkling garland down the center of your table to draw the eye and complete the look.

Give Thanks:

Thanksgiving is all about family and friends and being thankful, after all, so why not incorporate some DIY “thank you” cards into your decor? Create fun DIY notecards out of cardstock, or download some free ones here. Add a card to each place setting, have your guests write something they are thankful for, and then share these gratitudes with one another. It’s fun and sparks a heartwarming conversation.

Decorating your Thanksgiving table is a fun and creative way to show your personality. No matter which options you select for your table spread, your guests will surely have a memorable meal!

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