Thanksgiving Decorating Ideas To Be Grateful For

It's hard to believe that Thanksgiving is next week! How do you decorate your table for the holidays? Do you go all out and bring out the heirloom china, or is your family more relaxed? Or, like one of our designers, does your family do BOTH? "Fancy for the adult table, and paper plates for the kiddies, just for safety's sake!" Too funny. 

As we approach this holiday season, we're getting ready for a full house! Here a a few fun and easy crafts we're trying out to spice up the dining/feasting table. Bonus - because the decorations are made out of paper - they're fancy AND kid friendly! 

This Gratitude Tree is a simple and easy interactive project that everyone can participate in. Have every guest write down something they're thankful for ahead of time (we just texted each other!) and then use gold stickers or print out the 'gratitudes' on print paper. We used Craft Smith paper pads and attached them to cardboard tags and which we then tied to branches from Michaels. The focus on gratitude is one reason why Thanksgiving is one of our favorite holidays. Although the food doesn't hurt either. ;)

Now, to help wrangle your guests: these cute name place holders made with Craft Smith Embossed paper pad and the Gold Gift foiled paper pad. Gold Gift is Christmas themed, technically, but has so many pages that work great for Thanksgiving. These little place holders are a great decorative addition to a big table. We glued on little leaves to the place cards for a bit of extra autumnal pizzaz. Your guests will feel warm and welcomed, and they'll know where to sit.

And finally, here is cute way to hold utensils! We kept it simple and used quotes from the tag sheets of the Gold Gift paper pad (almost all of our pads have tag or quote sheets, have you noticed?) and adhered them to larger pieces of cardstock.

An easy trick to remember about decorating is that if you use metallics, you can drastically simplify your whole project - in fact, the simpler the better. 

What Thanksgiving traditions do you have? Tell us all about it in the comments!