It's easy to get wrapped-up in the food aspect of Thanksgiving and forget the thankful part of the holiday. Many families will go 'round the dinner table and ask each person what they're thankful for. If that's not a tradition you have, how about giving thanks with a "thankful tree"? It's an easy DIY and could be a great way to make your gathering more personal and insightful.Vanessa Coppola over at Craft came up with this lovely tutorial based on a project she had done in her elementary school days.
What's great is that, if you use a synthetic pumpkin, you can store it for reuse, over and over. The leaves can be real or made of cardboard/cardstock. If you spray the cardstock with chalkboard paint, you can reuse them next year, as well. Use any branches you like, either from your own garden or from a floral supply store.