16 Thanksgiving Table Settings From Hell

Sheri Reed | Nov 5, 2010 Home & Garden

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If you have the entertaining insanity gene (you know the one where you go insane the minute you find out people are coming over), then get out a small brown bag and start breathing into it -- Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away. Deep breaths, in and out, in and out.

Of course, if you do go a little insane and start carving everyone's initials into tiny gourds for the table, rest easy. People lose their minds in a lot worse ways on this big holiday. From atrocious centerpieces to ludicrous table decorations, there are lots of ways to fail big with your Thanksgiving table setting. And that's okay. Fear of failure is no reason not to try. Or is it?

Check out these Thanksgiving table setting fails and let us know.

Do you plan to decorate for Thanksgiving, and if so, how? 

Images via HGTV

  • This Turkey's Been Over-Served


    Image via firepile/Flickr

    Well, this is embarrassing. Can someone please grab the turkey a bucket?

  • All Eyes on the Wild Turkey


    Image via Jesse757/Flickr

    Funny, I imagined something else when Mary mentioned her Wild Turkey centerpiece.

  • Look Who's Here!


    Image via antonellomusina/Flickr

    Gosh, I sure hate unexpected guests. At least they don't look like they eat much.

  • Waste Not, Want Not


    Image via laszlo19/Flickr

    Hope you don't mind, but we're extreme minimalists here. We'll each get one delicious whole wheat roll.

  • Can We See Some ID?


    Image via mathewingram/Flickr

    Play it cool, and they'll never notice we didn't eat our peas -- or that we're drinking Grandma's wine.

  • Man, That's Cold!


    Image via Tracy Hunter/Flickr

    It took Linda five weeks to create this turkey ice sculpture. Unfortunately, she had wet hands when she removed it from the freezer.

  • Anyone Know the Heimlich?


    Image via mathewingram/Flickr

    (Girl in blue): Oh god, I think I just ate one of Mom's dang leaf decorations.

  • A Well-Spaced Holiday


    Image via jthetzel/Flickr

    The family will get along this Thanksgiving. But just in case, Cindy, put three feet between each of them.

  • Interesting Centerpiece


    Image via rmricci/Flickr

    Oh wow, a tangerine and cigarette centerpiece? I love the juxtaposition.

  • Nothing But Flowers


    Image via everyskyline/Flickr

    Jack knew the Smiths were vegetarians, but this seems extreme.

  • Hello Gourd-geous


    Image via HandsLive/Flickr

    One of these gourds is doing his own thing.

  • Hey, Where'd Everybody Go?


    Image via joguldi/Flickr

    Dan, finally alone in the house, closes the curtains. He lies to himself again that this will be the last time he plays with all the adorable pilgrim salt and pepper shakers.

  • Goin' in FOOOORE Turkey!


    Image via joguldi/Flickr

    Everyone smile and say Pebble Beeeeeach.

  • In Case We Run Out of Turkey...


    Image via E. Bartholomew/Flickr

    Peg really believed John would outgrow his wretched sssssssssssenterpiece tradition after 33 Thanksgivings together.

  • I Didn't Want to Look At You Anyway


    Image via Southern Accents

  • You Tell Us


    Image via jhetzel/Flickr

    And here's a final bonus photo for you to caption. What do you think this poor fellow is thinking at the Thanksgiving table?

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