DIY: Simple Tassel Napkin Ring

Written by Sara Albers and Melissa Fenlon of  Alice & Lois

We love creating simple, easy-to-make handmade details to add to your the holiday table (especially helpful if you’re pressed for time!). Last year, we made leather-cording napkin ties with fresh eucalyptus; this year, we created these super-simple yarn tassels to use as napkin rings. These fun tassels add a pop of color and a handmade touch to each guest’s place setting. We used a light-blue wool yarn for the tassels and stamped guests’ names on mustard yellow card stock—the colors really popped against our black-and-white patterned napkins (“Criss-Crossed” by Hooray Creative). Keep reading for the full tutorial.

DIY Simple Tassel Napkin Ring DIY Simple Tassel Napkin Ring

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DIY: Pumpkin Wine Stoppers

Written by Kathleen Ballos of  Snowdrop & Co

Thanksgiving is upon us—has November flown by or what? I always start the month with big plans to get ahead for the holidays, and every year I’m shocked when Christmas is a month away (whoa!) and I haven’t made a dent on my to-do list. But before I get ahead of myself, there’s Thanksgiving to celebrate. Whether you’re hosting dinner this year or heading out to celebrate with family, these simple pumpkin wine stoppers are the perfect way to add an autumnal touch to your Thanksgiving gathering. They literally take minutes to make, so they’re a great last-minute hostess gift or you could even whip up a bunch and give them as favors to your adult guests. Happy Thanksgiving!

DIY Pumpkin Wine Stopper | Julep
DIY Pumpkin Wine Stopper | Julep

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Printable: Thanksgiving Leftovers Labels

Thanksgiving is synonymous with delectable desserts, loved ones, and—of course—leftovers! We created these fun pie-box printables just for you and they’re sure to be the cherry on top to your Thanksgiving celebration. Just print the labels out and affix them to slice-shaped boxes so your guests can enjoy any leftover desserts the following day. Bonus: We’re sharing a favorite recipe for sweet potato pie (via Real Simple). Enjoy!

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Throw a Kids’ Friendsgiving Party

Written by Alicia Johnson and Betsey Hodge of  Happy Wish Company

Planning a playdate soon and not quite sure what to do with the kiddos? We’re serving up a big ole’ slice of thanks with this fun Friendsgiving playdate party! When we saw this “A Slice of Thanks” invitation, we knew it would be perfect for our playdate—it’s the perfect opportunity for your children to express how thankful they are for all the sweet little friends in their lives. Keep reading for all of our decor and activity ideas to keep the kids busy and having fun!

Friendsgiving Party Ideas

For the party backdrop, we spelled out “Friendsgiving” in gold foil balloons and layered in a tissue tassel garland in brown, tan, peach, and mint. We filled glass milk bottles with apple cider and used twine to tie on straws. We added tissue tassels to the back of each chair, which adds the perfect pop of color.

Friendsgiving Party Ideas

DIY Flower Arrangement
Make this Friendsgiving playdate a memorable one by setting up an interactive kids’ table decorated just for them! Start with fresh flowers, since they always add color and life to any tablescape. You might even be able to save these centerpieces for your Thanksgiving dinner. Here is a very simple centerpiece DIY that everyone can do.

1. Purchase fall-looking flowers. Here we used kale, hypericum (red berries), safflower (orange), and thistles (purple).

2. Line wooden flower boxes with wet oasis floral foam.

3. Trim flower stems and insert into foam.

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DIY: Wooden-Bead Trivet for Thanksgiving

Written by Sharon Garofalow of  Cupcakes and Cutlery

‘Tis the season for entertaining! Whether you’re hosting Thanksgiving dinner at home or are headed somewhere else, these wooden-bead trivets are the perfect accompaniment to your holiday meal. With all of the piping-hot dishes headed to the dining table, chances are you’ll be searching for something to set them on. These simple trivets are easy and inexpensive to make and look great display on the tabletop. Make several ahead of time or set up an activity table to keep the kids entertained while waiting for the meal to be served. You can also create an extra set and package them up as the perfect hostess gift!

Homemade gift idea for DIY wood bead trivets.Wood Bead Trivet DIY

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DIY: No-Sew Thanksgiving “Grateful” Banner

Written by Sara Albers and Melissa Fenlon of  Alice & Lois

Thanksgiving prep, for our families, involves a number of things: planning festive holiday-weekend activities, menu planning for the big day, and, above all else, practicing being grateful. Thanksgiving is a time to pause from our busy schedules and reflect on gratitude, and today we are delighted to share this simple fabric banner project showcasing the word “grateful.” This no-sew banner only requires an iron and fusible hemming tape; we used a neutral grey linen for the banner paired with mustard yellow for the hand-painted word.

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Recipe: Sawdust Pie with Bananas and Whipped Cream

With Thanksgiving right around the corner, my mind is on PIE! I’ve never been a huge pumpkin-pie fan, so it’s always a good excuse to explore other delicious pie flavors for turkey dinner. One of my favorite pies to make at this time of year is Sawdust Pie—I was first introduced to it a few years ago while browsing Baked Explorations by Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito. I made the pie a couple of times that year, including for Thanksgiving at my parents’ house, and I’ve been itching to make it again ever since.


Sawdust Pie is filled with chocolate chips, pecans, shredded coconut, and graham cracker crumbs. Topped with banana slices and fresh whipped cream, it makes a delicious addition to the Thanksgiving dessert table!

I like to think of Sawdust Pie as Magic Cookie Bars in pie form. Magic Cookie Bars are those delicious, ridiculously easy bar cookies made with chocolate chips, shredded coconut, and pecans on a graham cracker crust, all held together with sweetened condensed milk. They’re a childhood bake sale favorite, and Sawdust Pie captures all of those magical flavors, stuffs them in a pastry crust, and tops them with fresh bananas and piles of whipped cream. Take a walk on the wild side this Thanksgiving  and add Sawdust Pie to your dessert lineup!

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DIY: Mini Honeycomb-Paper Turkeys

Written by Kathleen Ballos of  Snowdrop & Co

I love looking at retro party supplies for inspiration. When browsing online recently, I noticed tons of honeycomb-paper turkeys in all sizes for Thanksgiving. Some looked pretty neat but most were a bit dated, so I decided to put a modern spin on the idea with these mini DIY turkeys! Use them to add a pop of color to your centerpiece, put one on each place setting, or even use them to top your pumpkin pie!

DIY Mini Honeycomb Turkeys | Julep DIY Mini Honeycomb Turkeys | Julep

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Holiday Decorating Inspiration: Into the Woods

Now that it’s officially fall, I’ve been dreaming up all things autumnal. This tabletop look features deep berry and bordeaux tones mixed with woodsy details like faux bois and dappled doe fur. Add to the mix different textures like faux burnout velvet and seasonal fruits and berries and you’ve got yourself an earthy, autumnal spread that’s perfect for this year’s Thanksgiving feast or your next dinner party.


FOR MORE HOLIDAY DECORATING INSPIRATION:

thanksgiving flowers for minted by kelli hallThis deep berry-toned centerpiece includes dahlias and kangaroo paw.

thanksgiving table top by kelli hall

IT’S ALL IN THE MIX
Fall is all about warmth—translate that coziness to your dinner table by mixing and matching different patterns. Aim to combine pieces that create richly layered colors, depths, and feel. I chose a berry shade of the “Soft Florals” fabric to evoke the feeling of a carpet of fallen leaves, then complemented it with a trompe l’oeil doe print. I like to experiment with the vibe by tossing the fabrics on the table for a layered effect and then stripping them away if it starts to look too busy. And, speaking of busy: To balance some of the jewel-like colors, I’ve paired them with a neutral, gravelly grey. I’ve also kept the menus and place cards relatively simple to act as a bold counterpoint to the energy of the patterned fabrics.

thanksgiving linen A simple folded linen for the bread bowl.

thanksgiving take home boxes by kelli hall Boxes and stickers make pretty takeaways for leftovers.

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DIY: Last-Minute Thanksgiving Decoration Idea

Written by Sara Albers and Melissa Fenlon of  Alice & Lois

Need a super fast and crazy simple Thanksgiving decor idea, pronto? We’ve got the perfect idea and all you need are foraged leaves and a paint pen, that’s it! Gather leaves and write down things you’re grateful for, then display them on your Thanksgiving table with some candles for a simple-yet-totally-personal centerpiece. You could even invite guests to write what they’re thankful for on the leaves, and the project takes mere minutes to make. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

DIY Quick Thanksgiving Decor Idea by alice & lois for Julep DIY Quick Thanksgiving Decor Idea by alice & lois for Julep

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