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The Holidays are right around the corner especially if you're the one hosting. These can be stressful times, especially with juggling work, preparation, and family obligations. Whether you always host Thanksgiving dinner at your house or this is your first time hosting, having everyone over takes a lot of time and money. We know you want to make a good impression and leave everyone talking about your incredible centerpieces and dessert so we decided to help. Here are some easy DIY ideas for hosting your best Thanksgiving dinner yet. (side tip: don't forget the wine).

 

Flower arrangements tend to get very expensive around the Holidays so here is how you can make your own! Simply buy a pumpkin and cut a hole in the middle big enough for a glass or vase that you have at home. You can put real or fake flowers in the middle.  Real Flowers: place the class in the pumpkin and fill halfway with water then cut stems to appropriate height and place inside glass  Fake Flowers: simply follow the instructions in the picture   

Flower arrangements tend to get very expensive around the Holidays so here is how you can make your own! Simply buy a pumpkin and cut a hole in the middle big enough for a glass or vase that you have at home. You can put real or fake flowers in the middle.

Real Flowers: place the class in the pumpkin and fill halfway with water then cut stems to appropriate height and place inside glass

Fake Flowers: simply follow the instructions in the picture

 

DIY Banner  Banners are always a cute way to set any festive mood and very easy to make. Choose what you would like the banner to say and cut out pieces of paper in the shape you would like (you can always print out the letters, 1 per page, and cut them accordingly instead of writing). Next, grab a hole punch and punch two holes in each piece of paper and weave the yarn through. 

DIY Banner

Banners are always a cute way to set any festive mood and very easy to make. Choose what you would like the banner to say and cut out pieces of paper in the shape you would like (you can always print out the letters, 1 per page, and cut them accordingly instead of writing). Next, grab a hole punch and punch two holes in each piece of paper and weave the yarn through. 

If you have a fireplace mantel or an empty piece of furniture that you're not sure what to do with, this is a simple and festive way to fill the space. Buy 8 small pumpkins and two different colors of paint (white and gold). Go to your local craft store and buy a set of alphabet stencils. Next, paint the whole pumpkin with one color (white) and let dry. Finally, place the stencil on each pumpkin to spell out what you wish and let dry. 

If you have a fireplace mantel or an empty piece of furniture that you're not sure what to do with, this is a simple and festive way to fill the space. Buy 8 small pumpkins and two different colors of paint (white and gold). Go to your local craft store and buy a set of alphabet stencils. Next, paint the whole pumpkin with one color (white) and let dry. Finally, place the stencil on each pumpkin to spell out what you wish and let dry. 

Place cards are always an easy way to make sure that Thanksgiving goes seamlessly and everyone has a place to sit, especially if the people coming to your party don't know each other well. Simply buy some construction paper and cut into small rectangles then fold those in half. Get some decorative leaves at your craft store and print out the names of your guests (cut the paper accordingly). Next, you can use the left over construction paper to cut out a small rectangle that will be placed on the bottom half of the place card. Glue the left and right sides down to the place card leaving an opening in the middle. Slide the leaf in and then place the printed name paper in there as well. 

Place cards are always an easy way to make sure that Thanksgiving goes seamlessly and everyone has a place to sit, especially if the people coming to your party don't know each other well. Simply buy some construction paper and cut into small rectangles then fold those in half. Get some decorative leaves at your craft store and print out the names of your guests (cut the paper accordingly). Next, you can use the left over construction paper to cut out a small rectangle that will be placed on the bottom half of the place card. Glue the left and right sides down to the place card leaving an opening in the middle. Slide the leaf in and then place the printed name paper in there as well. 

Candles help set a comfortable mood and you won't believe how easy these are to make. If you don't have any extra glasses or vases lying around, grab some from your local dollar store. Next, simply go outside and find some twigs or small tree branches. Next, cut the twigs to fit in the vase but leave enough room for the floating water candles. Fill the vase with water, covering the twigs, and place a floating candle in the top. 

Candles help set a comfortable mood and you won't believe how easy these are to make. If you don't have any extra glasses or vases lying around, grab some from your local dollar store. Next, simply go outside and find some twigs or small tree branches. Next, cut the twigs to fit in the vase but leave enough room for the floating water candles. Fill the vase with water, covering the twigs, and place a floating candle in the top. 

 

If you need some inspiration, take a look at these tablescapes that have us in the fall mood!