There is so much emphasis placed on planning a Thanksgiving menu that the table setting is sometimes overlooked, but a festive centerpiece is an important element of any holiday meal. Instead of the traditional floral arrangements, consider a simple, elegant arrangement of seasonal produce.
Cake stands, assorted sizes
Assorted fall foliage, such as oak leaves and branches
Assorted fall produce such as gourds, figs, star fruit, and quince
These easy-to-make ties -- satin cord trimmed with starlike dried sweetgum fruits -- are an elegant accompaniment to hemstitched napkins embellished with silver or lavender fabric paint. The "stars" are spray-painted white and attached to the cord's ends with a hot-glue gun.