Creating the Perfect Thanksgiving Table

Hi! Allison from A Glimpse Inside here once again. It is the last Friday of the month which means we are wrapping up this month’s Fall Must Have Craft Tips.

If you’ve missed the last 3 weeks, you can find the tips here: Tip 1, Tip 2, Tip 3.

This week I’ll be sharing some great tips on Creating the Perfect Thanksgiving Table.

Whether you are having a small family gathering or a much larger affair, creating a beautiful table can make your Thanksgiving more memorable and inviting to your guests.

You don’t have to go crazy but even doing one or two of these things can bring your table over the top.

1. Decide on a Place Setting

1.) Southern Living ;  2.) A Thoughtful Place

 You will need to begin by deciding if you would like a more formal table setting or have it be on the more casual side.
Think of your menu and who your guests will be to make your decision.

Here is a graphic to help you decide what would best suit your gathering.

(The Salt Lake Tribune)
These would work well for just a small family gathering or I believe an all adult gathering. 

Here is another one as well. 

 (Diane Gottsman)

If you are having adults and children at your Thanksgiving this one will help you set up a kid’s table setting.2.) Build your Centerpiece

Once you select what type of table setting you plan on having on your table, it is time to decide what type of centerpiece you would want to create.
 They can be as elaborate or as simple as you would like. 

 1.) Apartment 34  ;  2.) Rooms for Rent  ;  3.) PoppyTalk  ;  4.) Julie Blanner

Use pumpkins, flowers, leaves, candles, berries, whatever you’d like to create your centerpiece.
Add texture with a fabric table runner, kraft paper, burlap, or even wood.

Add layers as well but my number one tip for creating a centerpiece is to keep it low!
You want your guests to be able to converse across the table with one another and if your centerpiece is too high it will block their view from each other and they will have difficulty speaking.

Also, don’t make your centerpiece too full that it crowds the table settings for your guests. Make sure there is still plenty of room for the plates, glasses and silverware so your guests are comfortable.

Kara shared some great tips last week for creating a perfect table scape so be sure to check that out if you missed it.

3.) Have fun with Napkins

Don’t forget about the small details when creating your table.
Napkins can add a little extra fun and flair to your table.

1.)  Bow Tie Napkin from A Place for Us ;  2.) Floral Napkin Ring from Paper & Lace
;  3.)  Menu Fold from A Practical Wedding  ;  4.)  Triple Pocket Napkin Fold from Smarty had a Party  ;  5.) Leaf Fold from Cuded  ;  6.) Wheat, Berry and Lace Wrap from Cuded

Create beautiful designs by folding your napkins to add a little flair.
Fold them in such a way that they are useful and hold a menu or your silverware.
Or just create a beautiful napkin ring with the flowers you use on your table or with some lace, ribbon or burlap along with some added details like berries.
There are some really cool ideas for napkins out there!
4.) Let Your Guest Know Where To SitAnother great detail to add to your table are name cards for your guests.
Even if you are just eating Thanksgiving dinner with your family, it is still fun to create a little name card to let everyone know they were thought about and are special.

1.)  Turkey Place Cards from (Cool) Progeny  ; 2.)  Turkey Feather Place Cards from Almost Makes Perfect  ;  3.)  Rosemary Sprig Place Cards from Spoon Fork Bacon  ;  4.) Pumpkin Name Card from Vicky Barone  ;  5.)  Kraft Paper Table Runner Place Card from By Dawn Nicole ;  6.)  Clothes Pin Name Card Holder from Centsational Girl

Get crafty and make some fun, unique name tags.
They don’t have to be extravagant!
Use mini pumpkins and attach a tag or even draw directly on kraft paper on the table above the place setting.Anything goes! Have fun with it!
Do you create beautiful Thanksgiving tables to celebrate and give thanks with your family and friends?What is your favorite thing to include on your table?

Be sure to stop by next week when we start a whole new topic of tips and ideas!

Have a fantastic weekend!

Your hostesses,


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Tips for Creating Fall Tablescapes

Hello and Happy Friday! Welcome to another week of Must Have Craft Tips. Kara from Mine for the Making here to share tips for creating fall tablescapes!

With Thanksgiving around the corner, I thought it would be fun to chat about how to create the perfect tablescape without spending too much money or too much time. If you know me, then you know I’m a busy lady and all about saving a buck, but not sacrificing on the pretty stuff of course. 


1. Shop your house.

Check out the decor in other rooms of your house and see if you can find some things that go nicely on your tablescape. Examples of this are candles, sconces, a throw used as a runner or tablecloth, etc. Most times you will find exactly what you need around your own home.


Image from Canadian Living


Image from Worthing Court

2. Bring nature inside.

Using branches, twigs, pinecones, apples, acorns, wood, and pumpkins in your tablescape really brings fall into your home. Most times it will cost you nothing at all if you go out into your backyard or collect things while walking your neighborhood or going on a hike. 


Image from Country Living


Image from Little Green Notebook


Image from Country Living

3. Use free printables.

There are so many awesome bloggers who have created free prints for your personal use. Anything from place cards, tags, banners, napkin rings, food labels, and menus. Be sure to leave a comment on their blog to let them know you loved using their prints!


Printable banner from Just Destiny


Printable placemats from Ella Claire Inspired


Printable pumpkin tags from Ella Claire Inspired

4. Make your own decor.

Get crafty! Make napkin rings, paint pumpkins, build a planter box for the center of the table, make sconces out of dollar store glass vases and candle holders… let your creativity go wild! Often times you can buy supplies at your local dollar store and make something for your table in an hour or less. It doesn’t have to be expensive or take a ton of time if you don’t want it to. 


Image from Lemon Thistle 


Tutorial for dollar store napkin rings at Mine for the Making


Tutorial for Pumpkin Succulents at Simply Happenstance


Do you decorate your table for fall or Thanksgiving? What tips do you have to create a beautiful fall tablescape? We’d love to hear!


Your hostesses,
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10 Handmade Thanksgiving Decor Ideas

Oh fall, how I love you. Now that it’s finally starting to cool off here in Arizona, I feel like I can actually start talking about my favorite time of the year. Time to bust out the crock pot and apple cider. . . it’s FALL! Yippee! 

So it goes without saying that Thanksgiving is my all-time favorite holiday! From the food, football, parade, and overall feeling of thankfulness, it’s just a really special time of year. And I like to decorate my home accordingly. I am always in awe of how creative bloggers are! I mean, it’s easy to put a few fall leaves and pumpkins on your table and fireplace mantle, but these bloggers have really taken Thanksgiving décor to the next level!

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Here are 10 Handmade Thanksgiving Decor Ideas that you will love!


From Amanda Jane Brown


From Country Living


From Simply Vintage Girl


From I Heart Naptime


From Choose to Thrive


From At Home With Kim Vallee


From Soda Pop Ave


From Mod Podge Rocks


From Party City


From Spoon Fork Bacon


I don’t know about you, but I am ready to get my craft on! Do you like to decorate for Thanksgiving?

For more celebration inspiration, you can follow me over on Mindy Alyse Celebrations.


Rustic Thanksgiving Sign

Hi there! We’re getting closer and closer to Thanksgiving… are you ready? I’m certainly not, but I do have my decor up! I needed a new sign for a blank spot on my wall, so I created this Rustic Thanksgiving Sign.

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I love the way it turned out and I really LOVE this quote. 

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I cut and sanded a 14×14 piece of reclaimed wood and stained it with a natural homemade stain. Then I created a design using my Silhouette and cut it out on a piece of vinyl. After applying the stencil to my sign, I painted the words with white and I added Mod Podge and gold glitter to the arrow and leaf. I love the added texture and you just can’t go wrong with glitter, am I right?

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This sign can also be found in my shop if you don’t feel like making your own! 

And in case you didn’t see my Fence Slat Pumpkin, be sure to click over and check that out too. 

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Thanks for stopping by today! See you soon!

Teach Me Tuesday: I’m Thankful Table Runner

Happy Veteran’s Day friends and welcome to Teach Me Tuesday! A (mostly) weekly series where we share all things kid-friendly that you can do with your kids or teach them how to do. It can be educational, artistic, scientific, hands-on…anything goes as long as it’s kid approved! Today, our kid crafts contributor, Michelle, is sharing a sweet and meaningful Thanksgiving craft to do with the kiddos! I am LOVING her I’m Thankful Table Runner idea! It’s perfect for Thanksgiving! 

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Hello Mine for the Making lovelies! It is Michelle from Delicate Construction back with another kid craft for you all! We are officially in my favorite time of year- I love November and December and all the holidays, festivities and get togethers during this time. With Thanksgiving coming up first, I thought it would be fun to create a table runner with one of the things I am most grateful for- my daughter.

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This is a super simple project and I like to make table runners each year, but now that Avery is writing, I have to have her get involved. I love her writing and have to save this now for years to come. First things first, you need a table runner. Normally I make these and just sew them with whatever fabric, canvas or drop cloth I have on hand but this year I bought one. It says $10 but it was on sale so I think I got it for $7 and it was totally worth the time it saved me.

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Next, I grabbed some paper so that I could write the words and Avery could copy them and some fall colored permanent markers.

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Once I had those three things, we were ready to get writing! We started with family of course and as soon as we wrote that, I knew I had to also document the way she draws people. It is so sweet and I know I will be breaking this out each year!

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It was so fun watching her write everything but it was also great practice as well! She is learning so much so fast!

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After she was done writing (it would have been a lot for her to do all on her own) I filled in with some additional things that she helped brainstorm and we finished it out! I hope you have fun with this one and create a keepsake for your family!

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If you are looking for some more holiday inspiration, check out my Delicately Constructed Holiday series running jointly on my blog and You Tube Channel. You can check out the first episode HERE!



Fence Slat Thanksgiving Signs


We were busy in the kitchen today, cooking and baking up a storm. How about you?! I wanted to stop by to share my last Thanksgiving project of the year. I made these Fence Slat Thanksgiving Signs for a couple of craft fairs and as gifts for the hostesses of some parties we are attending over the extended weekend. I really love how the turned out…


We cut the fence slats at 15 inches and I used my Silhouette to create a vinyl stencil. I applied the vinyl and then painted the slats white. After they dried, I added holes and twine to some of them so they could hang from the wall. Easy peasy.


I love the rustic, shabby chic look the fence slats bring.

The four words I used- Grateful, Bounty, Blessed, and Thankful were inspired by the hand stamped wooden utensils that Amy at The Idea Room made. I’d like to invite her over for dinner just so I can possibly receive those cute utensils. Seriously :) But these 4 words really remind me of what Thanksgiving is what it’s all about. 


I am thankful for thy blessings and grateful for this bounty. 

I am oh-so-thankful for each and every one of you who stops by to read Mine for the Making. I truly hope you have an amazing Thanksgiving with your family and friends! 

Teach Me Tuesday: 10 Turkey Hand Print Crafts

I have another great kid craft round up for you today and of course it’s Thanksgiving themed!

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Thanks so much for joining me for Teach Me Tuesdays, where I share crafts, activities, and educational ideas that are kid-friendly. Since Thanksgiving is next week, my daughter and I are busy getting our Thanksgiving craft on. Check out these 10 Turkey Hand Print Crafts!

10 Turkey Hand Print Crafts

They all look so fun and something kids would really enjoy. Plus, they are such fun ways to capture the “littleness” of our children. Crafty little treasures to look at long after their hands are grown up size.

Thanks for stopping by today! See you later for some fun Christmas crafts! 

Rustic, Shabby Chic Thanksgiving Tablescape

I was provided compensation for materials from Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores to complete this post, but all ideas and opinions are my own.

Happy weekend, y’all!

I’m sharing my Rustic, Shabby Chic Thanksgiving Tablescape with you today. Usually, I throw my table together last minute which doesn’t make for a very pretty or festive table. This year I planned ahead and even bought a few materials from Jo-Ann to make sure my table turned out exactly the way I had envisioned it. 

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I knew I wanted to incorporate wood and burlap textures to my table as well as pretty elegant materials like lace, gold glitter, and doilies. I also knew I wanted to use pretty fall colors on top of the wood and burlap to brighten things up a bit.


I bought burlap, white lace, turquoise rick-rack, mini pine cones, gold paint, napkins, and silk flowers from my local Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Store. The rest of the items on my table I already had on hand… dishes, glass jars, wood, table runner, doily, etc. Plus I used my handy coupon for Jo-Ann so I saved a ton! (You can find your coupon at the end of this post!)

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I really love how it all came together. I used the burlap around the jars and I made pockets for silverware as well. I added lace, rick-rack, and painted gold polka dots on the burlap as well. 

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I really love the yellow, orange, and turquoise with the natural, rustic textures on the table. It’s a happy Thanksgiving tablescape, isn’t it?

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There you have it, my Rustic, Shabby Chic Thanksgiving Tablescape…and on a dime! Check out Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores to dress up your Thanksgiving tablescape this year…and don’t forget your coupon!



Have a beautiful weekend!

Teach Me Tuesday: 15 Pilgrim Kids’ Crafts

Hello there and welcome to Teach Me Tuesday! 

TeachME Tuesdays Button - Kara


In the month of November, we do LOTS of thanksgiving crafts, read lots of thanksgiving books, and talk about the things we are most thankful for. One of my focuses this November is talking about the actual thanksgiving story with my kindergartner. So today I thought I would share a round up of 15 Pilgrim Kids’ Crafts from around blogland. 

15 Pilgrim Crafts


Lots of fun pilgrim inspired crafts for the kiddos! My daughter picked out those paper pilgrim finger puppets to make first! What will you be making first?

And in case you missed it last week, here are our Coffee Filter Clothespin Turkeys


Teach Me Tuesday: Coffee Filter Clothespin Turkeys

Hello there and welcome to Teach Me Tuesday! This month I will be sharing all things related to Thanksgiving so I hope you will stick around!

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A couple of weeks ago when I was making a coffee filter wreath for our church Pinterest Party, my daughter was playing with a couple of coffee filters and mentioned how if you fold them in half they look like turkey feathers. So of course my “craft all the things” light bulb went on and thus came Coffee Filter Clothespin Turkeys!


Aren’t they so cute?? We love them! 

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own:

  • coffee filters
  • clothespins
  • craft paint
  • paint brush
  • googly eyes
  • red & yellow puff paint
  • hot glue gun & glue sticks 
  • scissors


These little turkeys are really easy to make. 

  1. Fold your coffee filters in half and trim a half inch off and discard.
  2. Open coffee filters and place on newspaper. Have your kiddos splatter paint onto the coffee filters with their paint brush. You do this by holding the paint brush perpendicular to the coffee filter with one hand and tap on the paint brush with the other hand. Allow dry time.
  3. Paint clothespins brown and allow dry time.
  4. Hot glue googly eyes to the tip of the clothespin.
  5. Add a beak and gobbler with your puff paint and allow dry time.
  6. Fold coffee filters in half. Clip clothespins in the middle.

And that’s it! So easy right? My daughter loves to use them as puppets and sing the turkey song


Thanks for stopping by today! Let me know if you and the kiddos make them!

Check out more fun Thanksgiving ideas on my Happy Thanksgiving Pinterest board!