This past Thanksgiving, I was asked to put together my church's annual Thanksgiving dinner. I only had 8 days to get everything together and was on a very tight budget. Also, even though we had over 150 people attending, I still wanted it to feel special and like a family gathering. We had 7 rows of tables set up and each row had their own plates of food. Turkey, stuffing, yams, salad, rolls, mashed potato's, etc.
To keep the cost and work down to a bare minimum, I layed brown paper down instead of table cloths. This allowed me to draw place mats for each person for a fun special touch. The plates and cups are from Von's and I thought the orange/tan color was perfect. The napkins are from the Dollar Store and they were green and cream. I loved the fall colors!
Because there would be so many kids and we all know how restless kids can get, I made Pilgrim Hats out of black paper cups and construction paper. These held the crayons and the brown paper served as their drawing board, as well as a table covering. These turned out to be a huge hit!
For the centerpieces, I cut some branches off of trees, put moss in glass vases and had the children of our church trace/cut out their hands and then write on them what they were thankful for. Another way to incorporate children into your festivities!