DIY Thanksgiving Table Decor

thanksgiving table decor

  • Pumpkin Vases
  • + Cut an opening around the stem of a large pumpkin. Discard this portion of the pumpkin.
  • + Clean out the inside of the pumpkin.
  • + Place a short vase with water and flowers inside the pumpkin. Another option is to place the flowers directly inside the pumpkin and then arrange as desired.
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  • Candle Holder
  • + Fill a vase with alternating layers of corn kernels, dry seeds, and/ or beans.
  • + Place a pillar candle on top of the mixture and add more layers until the candle is securely buried.
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  • Glittered leaves
  • + Press leaf in a flower press or in between pages of an old magazine with a weight on top. Let set overnight or longer.
  • + Cover one side of leaf with glue. Apply glitter and shake off excess.
  • + Can be used as place cards, name-tags for hostess gifts, or table décor.
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  • Mini Pumpkin Candle
  • + Cut a small opening around the stem of a mini pumpkin. Use the bottom of your tea light as a guide to trace a circle for size if desired.
  • + Carve out only as deep as needed. If you prefer to use a votive you will need to carve deeper.
  • + Place your candle in the opening, light, and enjoy. If you are placing the candles near food, you may want to consider using unscented candles.
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  • Some other ideas I will be trying this year include:
  • + Pumpkin dip bowl
  • + Pumpkin cooler
  • + Candles floating in cranberries

Bacon-Wrapped Turkey


Preheat the oven to 500 degrees.

Wash the turkey inside and out and pat dry. Mix together the seasonings, minced garlic, and olive oil to make a paste. Rub the paste underneath the skin of the breasts of the turkey, carefully so you do not tear the skin (you may not have to use all of the paste). Add 1-2 cups of water in the roasting pan, then roast the turkey in the oven for 30 minutes. Remove from the oven and turn the heat to 350 degrees. Cover the turkey in the bacon slices, in cross-hatch form or just by overlapping the slices in strips. Put back in the oven and continue to cook for about 2 more hours or until an internal thermometer temperature reaches 160 degrees.


Calories per serving:

1,150 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Low Carb Sugar Conscious, Paleo, Specific Carbs, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Egg Free, Milk Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free, No Sugar Added

Daily value:




  • Fat 77g 118%
  • Carbs 7g 2%
  • Saturated 17g 87%
  • Fiber 1g 3%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 1g
  • Monounsaturated 40g
  • Polyunsaturated 13g
  • Protein 105g 209%
  • Cholesterol 357mg 119%
  • Sodium 811mg 34%
  • Calcium 127mg 13%
  • Magnesium 135mg 34%
  • Potassium 1,166mg 33%
  • Iron 7mg 38%
  • Zinc 9mg 59%
  • Phosphorus 912mg 130%
  • Vitamin A 91µg 10%
  • Vitamin C 2mg 3%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 24%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 1mg 52%
  • Niacin (B3) 37mg 183%
  • Vitamin B6 3mg 148%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 41µg 10%
  • Vitamin B12 6µg 96%
  • Vitamin D 2µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 5mg 27%
  • Vitamin K 75µg 94%

‘Gourd’eous candle holders

To make your own you will need:

  • A variety of little pumpkins and gourds
  • a drill
  • a spade drill bit the diameter of a tea light
  • tea lights
  • a large sharp knife
  • Gently cut a piece off the bottom of the gourd so that it will sit flat on the table. This is to stabilize and to make sure that the candle holder won’t wobble or tip over when it is lit
  • Next, cut off the top of the gourd where you will want to drill the hole for the candle
  • Once you have cut off the top or stem, you can use the drill to create the whole for the tea light to go. Make sure to only drill the hole deep enough for the tea light to sit in
  • And there you have it: a beautiful addition to your fall decor!  These would look great on a tray on your coffee table, or scattered around the dinner table, or placed on the kitchen counter to keep you company while you cook!

“More Than A Day” By Karl Fuchs

As Thanksgiving Day rolls around,
It brings up some facts, quite profound.
We may think that we’re poor,
Feel like bums, insecure,
But in truth, our riches astound.We have friends and family we love;
We have guidance from heaven above.
We have so much more
Than they sell in a store,
We’re wealthy, when push comes to shove.So add up your blessings, I say;
Make Thanksgiving last more than a day.
Enjoy what you’ve got;
Realize it’s a lot,
And you’ll make all your cares go away.