Thanksgiving is next week!!! Are you ready? Are you hosting or traveling? My entire family is descending upon my sister’s house here in the Midwest, so while I’m not technically hosting, I’m helping out by nature of close geographical proximity! I’m not quite sure what types of projects she has planned for us (she is truly the Hostess with the Mostess!), but I know we’ll be elbow deep in something fun and likely turkey-craft related! With the countdown to the big meal officially on, I thought today was a good day to round-up some of my favorite Thanksgiving projects I’ve done here on the blog. If you’re hosting guests in your own home, I’ve got 10 great last-minute DIY Thanksgiving Projects that will help you get your home and your table ready!
ON THE DOOR
Greet your guests with a warm welcome with one of these Fall-themed wreaths on your front door. Both come together pretty easily and use basic and inexpensive supplies. Make the wreath now, and you can easily swap out the flowers and the bow for the approaching Christmas season!
ON THE PORCH
A few well placed accessories across your front porch will help your guests get right into the holiday spirit as they arrive. Don’t fuss over creating the perfect display…just gather up some of your favorite Fall accessories like flowers, pumpkins, lanterns, pillows and other decor items to create vignettes right where guests will see them!
ON THE TABLE
With the Thanksgiving meal the main highlight of everyone’s day, the table is a great place to focus your efforts and decor! If you’re intimidated by flower arranging, break several bunches of store-bought flowers into smaller vases or mason jars. Stick to a unifying color palette, and if desired, add crafty words, decorations or letter to match your theme!
If you’re looking for a cheaper and modern alternative to flowers, one of my favorite table displays ever was when I combined a variety of colored lentils with sprayed and glittered faux gourds. I loaded up on a variety of Dollar Store vases, layered the lentils, and then placed them all over the large tables. Not only do these arrangement look festive and fun, they are a great activity to keep school-aged kids busy while you’re preparing the meal!
Another one of my tried-and-true entertaining tricks is to bring color and pattern into your table display through fabric “placemats.” You don’t need any fancy sewing or craft skills to do this! Just trim down your favorite fabric with pinking sheers into your desired size and shape. Add even more visual interest by layering the fabric squares over a patterned or textured tablecloth!
AT EACH PLACE SETTING
When planning any party, but especially Thanksgiving, I love to come up with unique and creative ways to dress up each guests’ place setting. Over the years, I’ve done everything from pretty printed menus to paper dolls for each guest! This year, I am excited to dress up our folded napkins with these adorable paper turkeys!
There’s not a ton of time left to get ready for Thanksgiving, but hopefully you found some inspiration here for your table and your home! Although I’m not hosting, I know my Thanksgiving holiday won’t be craft or project free! Be sure to stay tuned to Instagram to see what we pull of this year!
P.S. If you’re looking for some more fun Thanksgiving related crafts and tips, be sure to check out some of my recent articles over on The Good Stuff Blog!