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Thanksgiving table: Set for thanks

Thanksgiving decorating

This time of year, the table serves as both a place to gather and a symbol of gratitude. Here, four ways to personalize yours.

1. Words of thanks

Transform words that express heartfelt sentiments into decorative motifs for your table. Handwritten script has an inherently elegant appearance that makes it ideal for borders. And applied in golden brown or sepia to linens and goblets, it assumes a warm effect.

Try books or online references for Thanksgiving quotations, or make up phrases of your own. As guests arrive, conversation is sure to gravitate to the scripted words of thanks that embellish your table, the simple decoration offering words for what is often difficult to impress.

Quotes on a goblet

On strips of paper, write quotes or phrases. Fasten strip at end with double-sided tape, so it is slightly smaller than the glass's circumference; place on each glass. Invite guests when seated, to read quote aloud.

Nested Candles

For a warm-looking presentation, fill low wooden or ceramic bowls to their rims with nuts still in their shells. Add pillar candles, being sure to position the flames a safe distance from the centerpiece.

Napkin placecard

Practice your script first, then write each guest's name invisibly: try the Prym Dritz disappearing ink pen. Immediately trace over the name in bronze, copper, or gold with a medium round-tipped ink marker, such as Uchida's DecoFabric Markers;

Corn centerpiece

Bundle seven or nine ears of dried corn with large rubber bands, arranging until they stand on their own. Then wrap the bundle tightly several times with twine. Knot and trim the ends and tuck in.

No-sew cloth

Cut to size linen or medium-weave burlap, leaving an eight-inch drop. For fringe, pull away threads, one row at a time. Write words, as for the napkins, and then press, wrong side up.


Reprinted with Permission of Hearst Communications, Inc. Originally Published: Set for Thanks


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