Thanksgiving Party Design With Guest, Anders Ruff

Nicole SteegerContributor

Today we feature a special Thanksgiving celebration guest post from the party design specialists at Anders Ruff. Take a look at their fabulous Gobble Day decor and menu ideas: At Thanksgiving dinner, if you have children, you know that it’s hard to enjoy the fruits of your labor when the kiddies are crawling all over you.

We know that all too well and decided that this year we would put together a printable design collection that included plenty of designs, inspiration and ideas to keep the kiddies occupied and happy. You will be THANKFUL that you set them up in their adorable little “kiddie” table with what we are about to show you. We shot this collection at a beautiful timber frame home in the mountains of Asheville, North Carolina. It was the perfect setting with the timber beams and rustic charm along with the fall leaves in the mountain.

We styled a kids table with floor seating at a cocktail table to show you how easy it is to make a cozy, stylish and interesting seating option for kids at Thanksgiving. After all, if you have a big family, sometimes you run out of tables and chairs and need another option for the little tikes. We love how the look of floor pillows at parties (inspired by Me and Riley) so we had Made by Morgan make us coordinating floor pillows that matched our printable colors/patterns. 

Photo Credit: Anders Ruff

For the printable decor and design, we focused on the colors of browns, rusty orange, lime green and cream. Patterns include faux bois / wood grain, a fun gobble scallop pattern, houndstooth, herringbone and check. Our new “Happy Gobble Day” printable collection (available at Anders Ruff )includes some really fun new design concepts such as our pumpkin pie favor box printable, turkey crayon wrap and adorable printable pilgrim hats and feather headdresses.

Photo Credit: Anders Ruff

Instead of showing a dessert table, we focused on how to display treats and favors as a centerpiece on a children’s table. We wanted to incorporate a lot of natural elements so we used tree stumps of varying heights and widths as an abstract centerpiece. These were used as the treat and favor stands. This is a very easy DIY project. We also displayed a side table for favors and beverages as well as a decor table with custom pillows by MonMell Designs. The table also included a beautiful mum, as well as our printable “thankful for” cards.

We hung a “Happy Gobble Day” banner on the rail of the loft. The timber beams of the home were a wonderful backdrop and the kids felt like they were in their own “fort”. For the main seating table, the log centerpieces were topped with pies, cookie sandwiches, cookies, donuts and our new pumpkin pie favor box printable. We filled the pumpkin pie printable favor box with shred and various candy corns and pumpkins. Most kids don’t love pumpkin pie, but to keep it festive, we displayed a pumpkin pie box with candies that all kids love!

Photo Credit: Anders Ruff

We embellished the pies and cookies with fondant from Two Sugar Babies as well as printable party flags from our collection. We adore the gingerbread eggnog sandwich cookies from Red Bird Bakery and wrapped a stack of these cookies with ribbon and topped them with one of Two Sugar Babies fondant toppers. These fit perfectly on our log.

We also scattered festive felted acorns from Lebox Boutique. For the children’s’ place settings, we cut rectangles of burlap to mat our printable coloring placemat from the collection. We also show bundled crayons with our turkey printable wrapper around it. These were also displayed on various wood slices. We dressed up bamboo forks and spoons at the table to show how to spruce up your typical silverware. We added corn husks and tissue paper as well as printable feather and flag embellishments.

Photo Credit: Anders Ruff

A side table displayed beverages and favor bags where we embellished the items with our printable party logos from the collection. Gourds and felted acorns adorned the table.  We displayed mason jars for beverages and added a party logo and cinnamon stick on the tops of the glasses. At each place setting, we also displayed a fun take home favor by MonMell Designs that added such a cute touch to the table.  MonMell incorporated Anders Ruff graphics onto burlap envelopes sized to fit a printable perfect for writing all that you and your guests are thankful for. Or you can stuff the envelopes with Autumn sweet treats, crayons, or any other 'gobbly' goodies!

Photo Credit: Anders Ruff

After the inside party, we took the children outdoors to take a hike in the mountains and they loved throwing leaves at the top of the mountain. The kids brought some of their favors from the table to enjoy on our walk. The kids were sporting custom clothing from Made by Morgan.  The boys wore tie applique t-shirts and the girls had custom dresses. The “Happy Gobble Day” printables are available in our shop.  Happy Thanksgiving! 

Anders Ruff has given you tons of fabulous Thanksgiving dinner ideas to be thankful for. But remember, no event is complete without fun activities and entertainment. When putting together your Thanksgiving party, you may want to add a soloist to make beautiful music, or perhaps a balloon twister or magician to entertain the kids!


  • Complete Event Styling and Printable Decor Graphic Design by Anders Ruff
  • Photography by Becca Bond Photography
  • Luxury Mountain Home Rentals in Asheville, NC - Luxury Mountain Rentals available from Yonder
  • Clothing/Decor Sources:
  • Girls’ Custom Dresses, Boys’ Applique Tie T-shirts, Floor Pillows by Made by Morgan
  • Custom Burlap “Give Thanks” Envelopes and Custom Burlap Pillows (“Turkey Talk” and “Gobble Gobble”) by MonMell Designs (with Anders Ruff Graphics)
  • Felted Acorns by Lebox Boutique
  • Bamboo Forks/Spoons from Sucre and Spice
  • Baking Twine from The Twinery
  • Dessert Sources:
  • Thumbprint cookies and gingerbread/egg nog sandwich cookies by Red Bird Bakery
  • Fondant Pie and Cookie Toppers by Two Sugar Babies
  • Sugar Cookies by The Cookie Jar
  • Mini Donuts by Dough a Deer

 Main Photo Credit: Anders Ruf