Centerpieces for a kids' table shouldn't be fussy; they'll need to withstand possible spills and rough-housing, so opt for heavy vessels like ironstone pitchers and small mixing bowls. Fill them with mums, pumpkins, acorn squash or gourds and embellish further with raffia, ribbons and feathers.
Although the tradition of the cornucopia is ancient, its meaning is still relevant today. Because it symbolizes the bounty of life, it can help remind us of the bounty and blessings we've received throughout the year. As a modern-day take on the horn of plenty, ask guests around the Thanksgiving table to write down something they're thankful for and tuck the notes into a cornucopia centerpiece. Before enjoying dinner, read the notes aloud to give thanks.
A casual tablescape designed by Sande Beck for the Thanksgiving holiday uses brown basketweave chargers and napkin rings, green plates, a melamine botanical print dinner plate, green candleholders and a turkey decorative piece. It can be used for breakfast or serve as the kids' table.
Kids will love helping to assemble this large sailing ship centerpiece, which is reminiscent of the vessels that brought colonists to the new world. It's a cinch to make and will bring a boatload of fun to any Thanksgiving table.