Fun and Easy Thanksgiving Ideas

The experts at HGTV Magazine put together no-stress, no-sweat, smile-inducing ideas for turkey day.

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  • Disposable Plates and Napkins

    Save major dishwashing time with disposable plates and napkins in festive designs. Find more pairs in the November issue of HGTV Magazine. Sketch turkey custom paper napkins in orange, $55 for a set of 50, paper-source.com; Orange Ornamental Scroll paper plates, $2.50 for a set of 8, partycity.com

  • Plastic Wine Glasses

    These fancy glasses won’t break, and they can go in the dishwasher! Tritan plastic goblet, $13, madhousecollection.com

  • Coat Check

    Give guests a real place to hang their coats. Rigga 43 3/4\"W x 20 1/4\"D x 69\"H steel clothes rack, $13, ikea.com; Premium wood hangers, $3 each, containerstore.com

  • Touchdown Timer

    Lick off cooking with a football timer. Touchdown timer, $12, bwtc.com

  • A Cute Apron

    Dress up in an apron that won’t cover or clash with your holiday outfit. Cuisine Couture cotton apron, $32, anthropologie.com

  • Exclusive HGTV Menus

    Choose your favorite design, customize the menu items, download, and print. Get this template and more at hgtv.com/thanksgiving-menus.

  • Gobble, Gobble

    DIY this adorable turkey gourd. Click here to get the three simple steps for making this cute little guy.

  • Take a Stand

    Serve dessert on a snappy stand. Tropical Orange 12\"-diameter glass cake stand, $40, marshhome.etsy.com

  • DIY Centerpieces

    Turn recyclables into pretty centerpieces. Click here to see how to make each of these lovely vases.

  • Disposable Flatware

    Just like with the plates, napkins, and wine glasses, disposable cutlery can seriously shorten clean-up time. These durable metallic options won't ruin your holiday place settings. Heavyweight plastic cutlery in gold, $2 for a set of 24, papergoods.com; Towle Living ceramic caddy on wood tray, $30, mikasa.com

  • Storage for Leftovers

    Don’t get stuck without enough this year. Glass storage containers with Easy Find Lids, $26 for an 8-piece set, rubbermaid.com

  • Greet Your Guests

    Change up your welcome mat just for T-day. Give Thanks turkey 30\" x 18\" coir doormat, $33, tag2u.com

  • Give Thanks

    Prop up a chalkboard for thankful thoughts. Paint the frame a seasonal color. Chalkboard: Wood-frame 8 3/4\" x 11 1/2\" blackboard, $20 for a set of 6, save-on-crafts.com. Paint: Americana acrylic crafts paint in bright orange, $2.50 for 2 ounces, decoart.com.

  • Shake Up the Table

    New salt and pepper shakers that make seasoning fun. Clockwise from top left: Monogram ceramic shakers, $24, cwonder.com; Rocking Bird wood and ceramic shakers, $24, westelm.com; Polka Dot ceramic shakers, $18, poketo.com; Autumn owl stoneware shakers, $12, tag2u.com

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