Decorating for Thanksgiving goes beyond dusting off that old cornucopia and placing it on the table until the turkey is ready–we’ve gathered a collection of decorating ideas guaranteed to really wow your guests this year. These innovative and welcoming seasonal ideas incorporate the colors and textures of a bountiful harvest and are designed to have a big impact on your home, but take a limited amount of time to prepare. From simple DIY to taking a fresh look at the seasonal items you already own, these ideas will help you love your home this holiday season.

Take a Fresh Look at Color

Pick a color scheme for your Thanksgiving décor that suits your home–and the items you have on hand. While traditional harvest colors are always a hit, this white pumpkin and pale botanical arrangement shows that you don’t have to be tied to a single color palette to make a splash on Thanksgiving. Create a harmonious look for your table and home by choosing a palette of colors that works for you and using it throughout the home for a cohesive look.

The bountiful harvest celebrated on Thanksgiving includes more than just the bird. Symbolize the other foods involved in the holiday with a full and lush sheave of wheat. The arrangement of the stalks and the addition of a textural burlap bow elevates wheat from a humble grain to a holiday worthy centerpiece for your Thanksgiving table.

Display Nature’s Bounty

Layer dried corn, lentils and colorful beans in an apothecary or hurricane jar for instant harvest appeal. Using these natural, easily acquired items as fillers for the container allow you to fill up even a large glass vessel for a minimal cost. Add a rustic pumpkin candle and burlap or raffia tie for added Thanksgiving appeal.


Set the Scene with a Seasonal Entryway

Give your home a festive feel and set the stage for your interior décor by staging your entryway for fall. A loose scatter of straw topped with traditional fall mums and potted flowers and a mixture of pumpkins and gourds is all it takes to give this entryway a Thanksgiving makeover. As an added bonus, straw, harvest florals, and pumpkins drop dramatically in price the day after Halloween, making this fall entryway an ideal project if you are on a budget this Thanksgiving.

Seasonal entryway

Dress Up Your Turkey

Not the one roasting for hours in the oven, but an over-sized plaster, ceramic, or plastic turkey adorned with some colorful botanicals to mark the season. Love the white turkey, but can’t find your own? Combine a few blasts from a can of gloss white spray paint and a plastic turkey to get a near instant centerpiece you’ll love. Once dry, you can accent some feathers or features with a sweep of burnished gold paint and embellish your bird with faux berries and fall leaves.

White turkey

Dazzling DIY Place Cards

Expecting a crowd? Make sure everyone knows where to sit with these delightfully metallic corn cob place cards. The gold adds an extra touch of glamour and style to your table, while the dried corn allows you to incorporate a Thanksgiving staple in a whole new way. A simple blast of metallic spray paint and a metallic paint pen are all you’ll need to give dried corn a Thanksgiving table worthy makeover.

Don’t forget your littlest guests–and let your imagination run wild by creating a fun pint sized table for kids this Thanksgiving. Opting for paper décor allows you to stock the table without worrying about breakage, while choosing a sweet theme like this one creates a welcoming zone for little ones of all ages. Crayons, finger puppets, and soft toys make this a spot the kids won’t want to leave when the meal is over.

Rethink the Napkin Ring

Instead of breaking out the usual napkin rings this year, use easily sourced and seasonal items like acorns, leaves and even wishbones to make a statement. These delightful accessories blend beautifully with the Thanksgiving table and add an extra layer of whimsy to each place setting. Simple DIY projects like these two napkin ring options allow you to easily personalize your table without spending hours crafting.

Give your Mantel a Makeover

While your fireplace mantel may be ideal for hanging stockings or displaying a menorah, it is also an ideal focal point for your Thanksgiving decorations, too. Choose items that look great from the side and that fit the seasonal theme or the color scheme you’ve chosen. Your mantel can help pull the whole room together and give a warm and cozy fall look to your décor, whether you use the fireplace on the big day or not. No mantel? No problem! This type of display works well on a shelf or sideboard, too.

Fall Mantel

Images courtesy of: A Pumpkin and a PrincessUncommon DesignsAmanda Jane BrownBetween Naps on the PorchFreutcakeFrog Prince PaperieMartha StewartToday’s Fabulous Finds


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