Quick, Easy & Bright Thanksgiving Table Setting

It’s Thanksgiving, you’re slaving away in the kitchen and you haven't even thought about decorating the table. Don’t let this happen to you! With a little planning, you can set a beautiful table in practically no time. Use leftover decorative pumpkins and dried corn painted in bold colors that pop to create a stunning freeform centerpiece. Leaves from the backyard, painted red and affixed to inexpensive napkin rings, make cute place cards. Cheap, chic and done in no time. Bonus points if you set the table with my Effortless Table plates like I did here.

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You will need:

  • mini pumpkins
  • dried corn cobs
  • leaves
  • napkin rings
  • gloss craft paints
  • hot glue gun
  • styrofoam balls
  • raffia


  • For the pumpkins & corn cobs:
  • 1. Paint pumpkins and corn cobs with craft paint. Let dry.
  • For the napkin rings:
  • 1. Paint leaves and napkin rings with craft paint. Let dry.
  • 2. Hot glue painted leaf to napkin ring.
  • 3. Add initials or name to leaf using a paint pen if desired.
  • For the raffia balls:
  • 1. Paint styrofoam ball in desired color. Let dry.
  • 2. Wrap ball with raffia in matching color and secure with hot glue.
Easy Thanksgiving Tablescape

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