The Thanksgiving meal is the most important part of the day—and a great opportunity to decorate your table. Decorated farm tables are great for Thanksgiving, as you can use a country theme and decorations inspired by autumn colors, textures, plants, and leaves. Decorating farm tables or dining tables doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. Use a country decorating style to create a rustic, simple Thanksgiving table for all the family to sit around.
First, choose a suitable Thanksgiving tablecloth for your farm table. There is a large range of festive tablecloths in the stores, many of which are decorated with embroidery or make use of fall colors. Or you could use a tablecloth you already have, in a plain color, and embellish it with a handmade table runner. A table runner is a piece of fabric that runs the length of your table. You can make a table runner by measuring the length of your table, finding two pieces of fall fabric the right length, and sewing them together on the wrong sides; leave one end open to allow for "turning" the runner right-side-out for use.
The next thing to consider is the decoration of your place cards. Place cards are a good addition to the table, even if you're not hosting many guests; they're inexpensive and can be decorated to suit the holiday season. Individual mini-pumpkins make great Thanksgiving place cards — simply write your guests’ names on the pumpkins with gold marker pen. Or hand-write the names of your guests on cards in autumn colors and decorate them with Thanksgiving-themed stamps. You can also replace an ordinary rectangular card with a pilgrim hat made from rolled up black paper or card stock, decorated with names in gold or silver on the hat brim—or, wrap a chocolate bar with festive paper and add the guest’s name to the front for a great "take-home" place card treat!
Next, you'll want to make a centerpiece for your Thanksgiving table. The centerpiece can be simple, with mini-pumpkins acting as candleholders for candles in fall colors. Or you could fill a tall, wide glass vase with water and cranberries, then top with white flowers. Depending on the size of your table, you could go for something larger and more decorative; often, however, simple is best.
If you have children coming to the Thanksgiving celebrations, make them their own small table. Cover the table with a white paper tablecloth, and provide crayons and pencils for children to color and draw on the tablecloth during the meal. Small toys at the table will also keep kids occupied during the feast.