15+ Thanksgiving Day Decorating & Entertaining Ideas

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When the weather gets chilly and there is a crispness in the air along with a leafy crunch underfoot, you know Thanksgiving is near.

While I try not to rush the season, I do enjoy preparing for special family holidays. I certainly love Christmas, but may love Thanksgiving even more and have many ideas showing how you can decorate and set the table for the holiday.

15+ Thanksgiving Decorating & Entertaining Ideas

The autumn colors, the smell of wood smoke rising from chimneys, the Macy’s Day Thanksgiving Parade, football on the TV in the background, delicious food in the oven and treasured family all around… who could ask for more?

Take a look through some of my favorite Thanksgiving DIY ideas to spark inspiration to help you create your own special holiday style.

Thanksgiving Table Setting Ideas using pinecones and fabric

Add a warm & cozy pattern to your dinner table with a DIY table runner tablecloth.

Free Printable Table Place Card

Place Card Idea #1: These free printable name tags are perfect for your fall dinner party or Thanksgiving dinner. They are blank and ready for you to add your guests names. Use an autumn colored pen or marker.

Wow your dinner guests the next time you entertain with these paper ribbon banner place cards that you place on the dinner plates.

Place Card Idea #2: Free Printable Dinner plate place card banner.

Place Card Idea #3: If you live in an area where there are a LOT of pinecones, use them as place card holders.

DIY Paper Bag Thanksgiving Table Place Card

Place Card Idea #4: Running short on time before your guests arrive? Make these cute place cards with brown paper bags!

Simple DIY Thanksgiving Table Place Cards

Place Card Idea #5: Use a simple paper clip to hold colorful paper as a place card.

Create a Thanksgiving Turkey Chalkboard

Turkey free printable to create a Thanksgiving chalkboard
Thanksgiving Chalkboard Turkey Free Printable

Print out this turkey to create a Thanksgiving chalkboard for your kitchen, bar area or dining room.

Make a Menu Chalkboard

Fabric Covered DIY Menu Chalkboard for Dinner Parties

I love seeing a menu when I arrive where I know dinner will be served. This DIY Fabric Framed Chalkboard is perfect for a fall gathering.

DIY Thanksgiving Table Placemat Ideas

DIY Paper Place Mats using a Circle Punch Kit to make it look like a doily

Create your own doily placemats with this one fun tool from craft store.

How to Make a Dining Table Larger for Holiday Gatherings

How to extend a dining room table to accommodate a growing family.

Is your family outgrowing your dining room table? Make this removable table top from plywood to enlarge the table size. Easy to remove and store.

How to DIY Slipcovers for Dining Room Chairs

Make your own simple dining chair slipcovers to add comfort and style to a dining room.

How to Update a Brass Chandelier

Repurpose an out-of-date brass chandelier with paint and decorative beading for a completely new look.

Makeover Your Old Wood Hutch with Paint and Book Pages

Update a pine hutch with fresh paint and book pages to create a cozy feel for a dining room hutch.

How to Easily Decorate with a Mum and Large Paper Bag

If you are visiting friends or family, make sure to bring this simple hostess gift. To wrap it, all you have to do is fold the top of a grocery bag and you have a perfect fall flower pot cover.

8 Thanksgiving Table Setting Ideas

From creating your own polka dot table runner, to making an extender for your small dining room table, look no further.


Gobble Gobble Free Printable to Make Drink Coasters

Family Thanksgiving Quote

Thank you for taking a look at some of my favorite Thanksgiving DIY ideas. Make sure to check out my Fall Home Tours for more great ideas.

Thanksgiving table setting and decorating ideas. Autumn and fall decor.