With Thanksgiving right around the corner, now is a perfect time to start thinking about how to decorate your holiday table. Whether you are having a large or simple gathering, a bit of thoughtful decoration added to your table is a great way to elevate your event. If you make this tablescape even one or two days before Thanksgiving ,it will give your kids some time to start thinking about and get excited for the holiday (plus you get one more thing checked off your day-of list!).

Thanksgiving + Kids: Thankful Tablescapes with Local Color Flowers and (cool) progeny

First step: Gather Your Materials. Go to your local Farmers’ Market and pick-up gourds, indian corn, mini-pumpkins, medium-sized pumpkin, and anything else fun. {The medium-sized pumpkin will be the anchor in your tablescape — so don’t forget it!} If you can, take your kids with you and let them pick out gourds that they like or the mini pumpkins. All these natural fall decorations come in beautiful colors and sizes and kids love choosing out their favorite ones! Your backyard is also a great place to look for natural elements. Searching for pinecones, acorns, seed pods etc. is a great kid activity that gets kids outside and exercising. Make finding these natural treats a scavenger hunt!

Thanksgiving + Kids: Thankful Tablescapes with Local Color Flowers and (cool) progeny

Second Step: Carve Your Pumpkin. If you don’t have a pint, use any glass vase you have that will fit into the medium-sized pumpkin (or gourd) you purchased. Flip whichever vase you are using over and trace the top onto your medium sized pumpkin. Then, carve out a hole in your pumpkin that is the size of your vase. The vase should fit snugly into the pumpkin. If the lip of the vase is a bit taller than the pumpkin, don’t worry about it.

If you have a child who is old enough to help your carve the pumpkin you can get them involved in this step, just make sure they have supervision and are being safe! Note: if you don’t have time to carve out a pumpkin, no worries. Simply make an arrangement in any vase you’d like!

Thanksgiving + Kids: Thankful Tablescapes with Local Color Flowers and (cool) progeny

Third Step: Make a Fall-Themed Arrangement. Since Fall is such a beautiful time for flowers, try to buy your flowers locally from the Farmers Market or even use flowers from your yard. Foliage such as grasses, leaves or berries work, too. Choose colors that you love and flowers that will make you smile as you prepare for the holiday. Flowers are a great cure for stress! For a general rule, use ⅓ foliage and ⅔ flowers for your design.

Thanksgiving + Kids: Thankful Tablescapes with Local Color Flowers and (cool) progeny

Fourth Step: Teach Gratitude. In my family, we always go around the table at Thanksgiving and give each person a chance to say what they’re grateful for. I even like to start thinking about what I’m grateful for before Thanksgiving dinner. As part of this tablescape project, get your kids to start thinking about what they are grateful for by writing it on the mini pumpkins or gourds in your decoration. If your child is old enough they can write the words themselves, or you can do it. A sharpie works well. Writing and thinking of words of gratitude is such a fun way to get kids involved in your tablescape, and in the holiday. It will get them excited about the holiday, and I bet they will be excited to point out what they wrote to family members.

Thanksgiving + Kids: Thankful Tablescapes with Local Color Flowers and (cool) progeny

Fifth Step. Assemble Your Tablescape Once your arrangement is made, all the natural elements are collected, and the pumpkins are decorated with words of gratitude, it’s time to assemble your tablescape. Place your centerpiece in the middle of the table, and then build out the natural elements. If you have a table runner, this creates an easy guideline for your kids. Then let them have fun!

Thanksgiving + Kids: Thankful Tablescapes with Local Color Flowers and (cool) progeny

Thanksgiving + Kids: Thankful Tablescapes with Local Color Flowers and (cool) progeny

The best part about this Thanksgiving tablescape is that it is meant to look natural. It doesn’t need to be perfectly symmetrical and it will actually look better if you just let the kids place things where they want (as long as they are in the middle of the table of course). Let the kids create a miniature scene with the gourds, indian corn, acorns etc.. In the end, you’ll have a beautifully decorated table and a great conversation piece.

Thanksgiving + Kids: Thankful Tablescapes with Local Color Flowers and (cool) progeny

Happy Thanksgiving!