There are a lot of things I love about Thanksgiving: seeing family, delicious food, watching the first snowfall, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and, of course, football. What I don’t love about Thanksgiving (besides the hours I usually spend slaving away in the kitchen) is some of the traditional Thanksgiving decor that usually finds its way to the dinner table on Thanksgiving Day. We eat turkey for Thanksgiving — and it’s delicious, but why do people feel the need to decorate with miniature turkeys? They’re not pretty to look at, and autumn has a lot of beautiful options for us when it comes to decor.
Despite what many people think, a sophisticated and elegant Thanksgiving tablescape is actually pretty easy to pull off, even for the DIY-challenged. So skip the gobbler when you’re setting your Thanksgiving table this year and decorate with these non-turkey DIYs instead.
A version of this article was originally published in November 2016.