Thanksgiving decorating need not be extensive and elaborate. Just a few items here and there can make your home beautiful and bring in the spirit of the holiday. Some of it you can make yourself for free or very cheaply.
Plus, it’s a nice tradition to add to the season. You may have seen the “wrapped pumpkin” I made before Halloween. If not, you can find that post here: Dress Up Your Pumpkin. This is an easy, cute project that can you can keep in your home from the beginning of Fall, until you are ready to put the Christmas decorations up (as long as you are using a fake pumpkin, a real one would get pretty yucky).
Years ago, I bought a cute little plush Pilgrim couple at a craft show. Now at the beginning of November, I set them out on the sideboard in my dining room. On Thanksgiving day, they get to sit on each side of the centerpiece on the dinner table. My kids love seeing them every year and it’s become a family tradition.
You can even make your own decorations by finding things in your neighborhood such as pretty branches, acorns and other nuts, pretty colored leaves, gourds, etc. Just arrange them in a vase or bowl, and add a ribbon in a complimentary color, and it will look as good as anything you could buy.
You know those adorable mini pumpkins and decorative gourds they sell at the grocery store every year? I always want to buy some because they are just so cute, but I never know what to do with them. Well I started to think about it and a simple way to display them would be to just arrange them on a pretty tray and fill in with colorful leaves.
One thing my parents always did, and now I do too, is to put a bowl of nuts (still in their shells) out on the coffee table with a nut cracker. It’s a decoration and a snack!
Look around your home at your current deco and think about how you can dress it up for Thanksgiving. You can add Fall leaves to things, add Fall colored ribbons to other things, you get the idea.
You can add a Fall wreath to your front door. I wanted to get one this year for my front door, but waited too late. I really like the one in the picture above. I do plan on getting an Autumn wreath for next Fall. In fact I’m toying with the idea of getting a wreath for every season for my front door. There is just something so warm and welcoming about a front door wreath. What go you think?
If you don’t want to go the wreath route, how about a few stalks of that pretty colored corn (I believe it’s called Indian corn) hanging from your front door?
You can also find gorgeous mums in Fall colors at Walmart, home improvement stores and even grocery stores. The ones I got were pretty inexpensive too. I put them in a pot by the front door. I am really enjoying being greeted by these pretty flowers when I come home.
I’m sure there are oodles of Thanksgiving decorating ideas out there that I haven’t even touched on. Do you decorate your home for Thanksgiving? Or even just for the Autumn season? Please leave a comment and let me know how you decorate for this time of year.