15 Holiday Table Tricks from the Pros

We asked the craftiest bloggers, celebrity party planners and designers to share their cutest, quickest tips for styling a stunning Thanksgiving spread.
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We asked the craftiest bloggers, celebrity party planners and designers to share their cutest, quickest tips for styling a stunning Thanksgiving spread.

Golden Touch

Drill small holes into the tops of plastic turkeys. Cover them with gold spray paint. Attach name tags to toothpicks, secure them in the holes with glue and place a turkey on each plate.

By Cyd Converse of the blog The Sweetest Occasion

Golden Touch

Green Thumb

Cluster sturdy fresh herbs, like rosemary and sage, on top of napkins and silverware. Thread name tags with ribbons and tie each set together.

By Libby Langdon, New York City-based interior decorator

Green Thumb

Cap It Off

Fold card stock in half and cut out hats. Add a construction paper buckle and guests' names. Cut a slit to place on glass rims.

By Evette Rios, host of CBS's Recipe Rehab

Cap it Off

Get the template for the pilgrim hats here

Initial Here

Using letter cookie cutters, cut guests' initials out of store-bought puff pastry dough, bake and place on bread plates.

By blogger Melanie Blodgett of You Are My Fave

Initial Here

Say Thanks

Tell guests how thankful you are for them with a heartfelt thank-you note that doubles as a place card. Letter-stamp initials on the envelopes to mark guests' spots.

By blogger Melanie Blodgett of You Are My Fave

Say Thanks

Gourd-geous

Create a mod look by adding high-gloss spray paint (no need to stick to harvest hues!) to gourds. Spray-paint the stems metallic gold and scatter the squash across the table.

By Clinton Kelly, author of Freakin' Fabulous on a Budget

Gourd-geous

Apple Picking

Cut slits in the tops of apples and insert squares of card stock with a letter on each to spell out a sweet message.

By David Stark, author of The Art of the Party

Apple Picking

Color Wash

Gather mason jars of all shapes and sizes and paint the inside of each with a thin coat of Elmer's glue mixed with food color (about 5 to 10 drops).

By Erica Domesek, founder of P.S. -- I made this

Color Wash

Buffet Style

Clean a thrift-store tray with rubbing alcohol and scratch with sandpaper. Wipe the tray clean again, then brush on three thin coats of chalkboard paint.

By Danny Seo, author of Upcycling Celebrations

Buffet Style

Lace Up

Cut burlap (available at fabric stores in multiple colors) to the length of your table and half its width. Attach lace trim along the edges with hot glue.

By Caitlin Moran, Style Within Reach Blogger

Lace Up

To Dye For

Dip the bottom two-thirds of white cotton napkins into fabric dye for 30 seconds, then rinse in cold water and dry.

By Erica Domesek, founder of P.S. -- I made this

To Dye For

Cut It Out

Trace fall-inspired designs onto a 1/4-inch-thick cork roll (available at craft stores) and cut them out with sharp scissors.

By Bryan Rafanelli, Boston-based event planner

Cut it Out

Get our traceable templates here

Oodles of Doodles

Cut a piece of butcher's paper to fit your table, then draw in place settings with permanent marker.

By Alison Caporimo, author of InstaCraft: Fun and Simple Projects for Adorable Gifts, Decor, and More

Oodles of Doodles

Sweet Surprise

Glue googly eyes and paper beaks to the thumbs of kids' gloves. Stuff each with candy and tie with ribbon.

By Wendy Manwarren Generes of Wendy James Designs

Sweet Surprise

How Corny

Cover toilet paper rolls with bubble wrap, then coat with yellow spray paint and let dry before adding napkins.

By Danny Seo, author of Upcycling Celebrations

How Corny