While simple plates and napkins might be adequate for daily dinners, Thanksgiving is the time to step up your hosting game. Guests will be charmed by these Thanksgiving centerpieces that you can easily assemble at home, with or without the kiddos. Take a look at these creative and eye-catching options that will beautify your table and wow your guests this Thanksgiving season. 
 
Gourds galore
Small gourds are everywhere when fall rolls around — including on holiday table settings! Arrange a variety like mini-pumpkins, unique ornamental gourds, and festive squash on a wooden tray or display dish, then decorate with rustic fabric textures like burlap or lace. Any orange, red, or yellow fruit can show its colors on display — switch it up with unusual fruits and vegetables like persimmon, pomegranate, and apples for a beautiful centerpiece that’s edible, too! 

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Pumpkin planter or vase
Though Halloween may be over, you can still find plenty of uses for pumpkins on a Thanksgiving table — including as a creative planter or vase. Simply cut a pumpkin horizontally near the stem, scoop out the flesh and seeds, and cut a small hole in the bottom for drainage. Try filling your hollowed pumpkin with soil and planting quirky succulents or bright orange or red mums or insert flower foam at the bottom to support a bright seasonal bouquet. 

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Simple wooden slabs
Scandinavian-inspired design trends featuring untreated pale wood are on the rise. Keep your table cool and current by using wooden slabs as staging for vases, settings for side dishes, and more. Wooden slabs are available at most craft stores and through online retailers like Etsy. Drape slabs with real or faux greenery like sage or eucalyptus for a distinguished tablescape, or arrange with smaller mismatched vases or Mason jars for a quirky look. 

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Turkey place setting
Kids love to get involved in Thanksgiving prep, and this fun craft gives them the opportunity. Use this printable pattern from Real Simple to make colorful turkeys to decorate your table. Simply print the pattern, have your kids (or crafty adults!) color the turkey’s body and feathers, then cut and fold where indicated to make your gobbling bird come to life. Arrange them in the center of your table or write guests’ names on the tail feathers to use as place cards. 

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Thanksgiving brings warmth, full bellies, quality time with family — and, of course, lots of turkey! No matter how you choose to decorate your Thanksgiving table, what’s most important is sharing the day’s goodwill with loved ones. Check out available homes in our Shea Homes® Colorado communities today to find your cozy retreat for this holiday season!

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