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Thanksgiving Table Tableau Decorations

Give thanks with style. Here's a harvest of ideas for creating a festively dressed affair.

Source: Martha Stewart Living, November 2005


  • Utility knife

  • Pumpkins

  • Mellon baller

  • Pins

  • Adhesive tape

  • Card stock

  • Mini heavy-duty magnets

  • Inverted brioche or tartlet molds.


  1. Anchor tapers inside mini pumpkins to make centerpieces. Cut a hole inside each pumpkin with a utility knife, and then carve out space for candles with a melon baller.

  2. If desired, stack 2 and secure from inside hole with straight pins. With adhesive putty, affix tapers inside gourds and pumpkins to leaves that cover overturned pie plates.

  3. For place cards, write names on card stock, then sandwich each between mini heavy-duty magnets on inverted brioche or tartlet molds.


    Create a large table to seat the crowd by pushing 2 tables together and hiding the resulting seam with a runner. Use identical cloths for both tables, and place the runner crosswise over the top.

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