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Published on November 16th, 2015 | by Kristen Swain


My Thanksgiving Table

 This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #ForTheLoveOfHam #CollectiveBias

Get into the season! It’s almost Thanksgiving and I bought some new goodies to decorate my table. I was so excited I decided to preview what My Thanksgiving Table will look like this year. And I wanted to share my decor with you, including a little bonus place setting name tag ornament.

I don’t change up my Thanksgiving decor as much as I do my Christmas table. This year I was excited to find a few pieces and put together a simplified centerpiece.


How sweet is that ornament. Let me tell you, you can make this in a few minutes and it looks like you spent hours!


Not only did this fun little ornament come together as a name tag, but your guests may take them home to hang on their tree. Dinner and a keepsake!


I also had been making Sunday dinner, and couldn’t resist showing off my beautiful ham. Doesn’t that look yummy?

One secret it to make sure your glass and silver  sparkle, wash them in hot hot water, then rinse with hot water and little vinegar mixture.


While I was out shopping at Walmart, I found this wood look tray, and these matching chargers.

I adore the colors, and the embossed leaves. In the tray I added in my dollar store cake stand,you don’t have to spray paint them.

I also tucked in two pumpkins I had found at Walmart for about $3 dollars each. Along with that, I added two candles I had around the house, and some big pine cones ( free).


Last, I tucked some dollar store colored leaf stems in the tray and under the tray. So pretty!

Always try to have a soft light and several lit candles, so that your service sparkles and shines!


The table cloth is our holiday cloth, and I added a new table runner and napkins.

Wanna know my secret? I bought a curtain on clearance, cut it down the middle and used a bonding new sew glue to seam the cut side.

I also cut the napkins from the other half of the curtain and gave them a quick edge turn and seam to make four beautiful napkins.


Just in case you want to get to Walmart and  get one of these delicious hams, they are over in the meat section. Better beat me there!!



I found this amazing Hormel Spiral Sliced Smoked Cherrywood Ham.


It’s delicious and ready to eat right out of the package. Cooking intensifies the smoke flavor and believe me, I adore spiral ham, they are so easy, just pull off a slice of ham, no struggling with it.

Everyone just loved our ham dinner, and I’m looking forward to getting another Hormel Ham this week!


To make these super fast ornament/name holders. Begin by either slicing wood logs at 3/8 inch on a compound mitre saw, or shopping at the craft store in the wood section where there are small slices that are pre-cut for your ease.

You will need one each for your place settings. I am an artist and was able to freehand some fancy lettering. Not everyone can do this. If you can’t, just go on Google images, look for a fancy word, name, or lettering style, save it and print it out. To make your own tracing paper- turn the back of the printed paper over, use a lead pencil and scribble to cover the underside of the image. Turn the paper over, place on top of the ornament, and trace. This will leave you pencil lines to trace.

Use a sharpie thin marker to trace the letters- add the date too!


Then all you have to add is an eyelet screw and a little twine for a hanger, then pinch the eyelet closed.

A small name tag ( mine is coffee dipped) and a little red bow from the dollar store ( glued on with hot glue).


Very do-able in a small amount of time, and your guests will always have a keepsake to remember your amazing dinner.

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What’s you favorite item decor item in your Thanksgiving decor? And what’s your favorite idea to make with leftover ham? Take a look here for more ideas for your Thanksgiving Ham.



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4 Responses to My Thanksgiving Table

  1. Lovin’ the lettering you did on those coasters! A true artist’s hand! Just beautiful. Have a blessed Thanksgiving!

    • cmiy says:

      Hi JD, thank you so much, you can achieve the same effect by copying a quote or word from the net and tracing it onto the wood! kris

  2. What a lovely table…the ornaments are such a special touch for sure. #client

    • cmiy says:

      Hi Kristi! thank you so much, as a hostess, I love to make items for my guests to keep to remember our time together!

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