Tips & Tricks

DIY Details For Thanksgiving

Want to make your Thanksgiving even more memorable? We’re sharing a few tips and tricks to turn your holiday into a unique and welcoming event. You don’t need to be an expert crafter to master these quick and easy DIY details. Each one takes only minutes to complete and will leave a lasting impact on each of your guests. Here are some ideas to get you started…

Strike Up A Conversation

Get your guests mingling with these custom conversation starters. Buy blank place cards and put each guest’s name on the outside. On the inside, add a question that leads to a compelling story each guest can tell: “If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be?” or “What’s the last book that you couldn’t put down?” and “If you could have dinner with one fictional character, who would it be?” To keep the conversation flowing, pick one random (or the most interesting!) person to answer their question first. Once they’re done, they can choose who answers next. Pepper in questions throughout the course of the meal and let the conversation begin!

Send Them Home With A Recipe

When life gives you leftovers…turn them into soup! Give each of your guests more than just turkey to go home with by preparing this recipe card. This easy detail ensures your title as Most Thoughtful Host. It’s simple: just take down our recipe for our Turkey Tortilla Soup. Pick up a few blank cards and write the recipe on each card. At the end of the night, when your friends and family are packing up, hand them the recipe cards so they can make their own Thanksgiving leftover soup tomorrow!

Make Your Gourds Glow

Here’s a crafty décor trick that takes only a minute to do! Pick up a few round gourds to spread out around your table. Take a small serrated knife and carefully cut a circle around the center of each gourd to create your opening. Clean out the center so it’s completely empty. Next, put a tiny tealight at the center of your gourd. Dim the lights and let the candle glow to create a warm ambiance in your home before dinner.

How do you create an inviting Thanksgiving table? Is it a coloring mat for the kids’ table? An embroidered tablecloth with the family name? Do you add each person’s painted handprint to your runner? We want to see your family traditions! Tag us @lenox on Instagram and Facebook.

Need help setting up? Read our Thanksgiving styles post to figure out what kind of dinnerware (and delicious food!) to put out for the holiday.