Thanksgiving decorations can embrace the beauty of the season, as well as evoke the gratefulness that the holiday brings out in all of us. Let the colors, scents, and textures of autumn fill your home to create a charming and cozy atmosphere. Your guests will surely be impressed with a well-decorated and festive fall home. Are you ready to transform your interior into an autumnal escape? We’ve got tons of Thanksgiving decorating ideas to help you get started.
Areas Around Home to Adorn with Thanksgiving Decorations
Decorating for Thanksgiving is a great way to warm up your home while bringing the beautiful colors and textures of the season indoors. You can create a cozy, charming atmosphere with carefully chosen décor items placed in each room. From actual pumpkins and gourds to DIY decorations to store-bought pieces that you love, there are so many ways to add simple fall touches throughout your home.
There’s also the opportunity to enhance your home’s curb appeal with decorations for Thanksgiving being placed out front in your yard, front porch, and entryway, as well. Here are some of the best areas to focus on adding autumnal décor to:
Front Porch & Yard
It’s the first thing that guests will see as they arrive for the Thanksgiving gathering, so why not make it stand out? Use pumpkins, gourds, and seasonal flowers to dress up the yard, walkway, front porch, and entryway area of the home. Even if you’re working with a small space, you can do a lot with the natural beauty of autumnal décor. Buckets of mums or a simple scarecrow bring the fall harvest vibes to any entryway.
If you have front windows, add décor and lighting to give a warm glow. Window clings are an easy way to add color or play up a chosen fall theme. You can use faux leaves, pumpkin cut outs, or even string tassel garland. The opportunities for adding charm to windows is endless!
Take advantage of a beautiful mantle by dressing it up with garland, candles, and other Thanksgiving decorations. It’s the perfect place to hang a gorgeous garland and layer items above. Be sure to use décor pieces of varying heights to add visual interest and add balance to your mantle display.
The dining room is presumably where a meal will be enjoyed, so add décor to warm up the room and create a festive feeling. You can do so with tablecloths, the tablescape, place settings, and centerpieces. The lighting for the dining room is also important, so be sure to have just the right glow to give off a warm and cozy vibe. Guests will be glad to sit down to eat in such a beautiful and well-done setting.
Living Room and/or Family Room
As guests gather and socialize in the living room or family room, make them feel those fall vibes! Use tabletops, shelves, and other surfaces to add carefully chosen décor items. Keep the lighting in mind, as well. Strive to achieve a welcoming and warm atmosphere that makes them want to settle in and stay for a while. A well-decorated living or family room can be the perfect place to gather and create memories.
Essential Thanksgiving Decorations to Use
When thinking about Thanksgiving decorating ideas, there are a few key items that come to mind. These décor elements can focus on the fall colors and natural beauty of the harvest season.
Here are some of the essential Thanksgiving decorations to include in your décor scheme:
Happy Thanksgiving Banner or Garland
A banner or garland can be strung across a wall, windows, or better yet, hung from a mantle or long shelf. You can create your own DIY banner or purchase a ready-made one. Garlands can be made with faux or real flowers and leaves. A DIY faux garland can be enjoyed year after year.
A “Welcome” Thanksgiving Wreath
Meet your guests at the door with a warm greeting by hanging a beautiful welcome wreath. You can include beautiful faux fall flowers, crisp leaves, and other touches like acorns and burlap. Even just a simple wreath can add an elegant touch and make a statement.
Thanksgiving Decorations for the Table
Dress up your tabletops with both decorative and functional items. You can use printed or patterned items that play up your Thanksgiving party theme or simply pull from the color scheme you’ve chosen.
Here are the must-have décor elements that also serve as essential items for both serving and dining tables:
Create centerpieces with seasonal flowers, faux fall leaves, and candles. If you have several tables for dining and serving, use the same or similar centerpieces on each. This creates a classy and cohesive look that ties each table together.
Plates (food & dessert)
Choose plates with a coordinating color that matches your scheme, or patterned ones that pair with other elements.
Cups/ Glasses/ Drink ware
Use disposable cups that are color coordinated to your chosen scheme. Real glasses can be used for an elegant look, especially wine or champagne glasses.
Forks, Spoons, Knives
If you’re using disposable cutlery, you can choose a color to match the other elements. Metallic options also give a classy and elegant look. For smaller gatherings, consider using real silverware for an upscale feel.
Select paper napkins that match the plates for a coordinated design. Offer both cocktail and dinner napkins and be sure to have plenty of extras on hand, since there’s likely to be a lot of eating going on! For sit-down meals with a more elegant vibe, consider using cloth napkins.
Tablecloths can be white, colored, or patterned. They should all match for a cohesive look and should complement the overall style of the party. Keep in mind that they’re likely to get dirty so you may want to choose a color that will hide stains and spills for the duration of the dinner.
Skirting is a simple way to add more visual interest and texture around any table.
Table runners are great for layering with a table cloth. They can also be used alone on tables for a more minimalist and rustic look.
Place Cards & Place Card Holders
Step up your table settings with place cards and place card holders. It gives a personal and welcoming touch to each spot at the table.
Add a little more whimsy and color to tables with seasonal confetti. You can sprinkle it on serving stations, dessert tables, or even the main dining table.
Serving Basics – Thanksgiving Decorations to Consider
Turn your meal and dessert serving items into functional décor pieces. They can serve double duty, helping to get the food onto plates and also adding a visual touch to the tabletops and serving stations you set up. From the main meal to the dessert to snacks and appetizers, there are so many stylish serving opportunities not to be missed!
Here are the items you may need that can also be styled as part of your Thanksgiving decorations:
Serving Knife (Cake Cutter)
A classy cake cutter will add to an elegant look. Keep in mind that you may need a few cake cutters if you’re serving more than one type of pie or cake for dessert.
Electric Knife (To Carve the Turkey)
Don’t forget the electric knife to make turkey carving as easy as possible. It will certainly come in handy if you are serving turkey to a large gathering.
Have plenty of serving dishes on hand to plate and pass around the food. You can choose matching dishes for a coordinated look, or go for a shabby chic feel with mismatched dishes. It all comes down to your preference for the look and feel of the Thanksgiving décor.
Chaffing Dishes or Buffet Server/Warming Tray
For a buffet-style meal, chaffing dishes are a must. Warming trays will keep food hot throughout the meal. You can set up a serving station or use them in the kitchen to keep everything at the proper temperature.
Candy Dishes or Apothecary Jars
Offer self-serve sweets and snacks in cool apothecary jars. Another idea is to place cute candy dishes around so guests can grab some whenever they have a sweet tooth.
Color-coordinate your serving utensils for a cohesive look. Be sure to have enough on hand for each dish, since you’ll likely have a lot of side dishes and desserts.
Cake Topper/ Figurines
If you’re serving cake for dessert, add a cute touch with a seasonal cake topper. You could use pilgrim figurines, a pumpkin, a cornucopia, etc. Choose a topper that matches your party theme.
Cake and/or Cupcake Display
Create a cool display of cupcakes to place on the dessert table. You could use a tiered cupcake tray or simply arrange them nicely on the table.
Floral Arrangements as Thanksgiving Decorations
The fall season is focused on a bountiful harvest and the beauty of the changing colors in nature. While fall runs in the Northern hemisphere from September to November, a vibrant array of crops is ready to be harvested and enjoyed at this time. As the leaves change colors and begin to fall from the trees, many stunning flowers are also coming into full bloom during the crisp and cool autumn months.
A great way to bring these beautiful colors and textures of the season into the home is with gorgeous flower arrangements. Fall flowers can be an essential part of your Thanksgiving decorations. Consider combining different fall flowers to use in vases, on tabletops, wreathes, and much more. They can be placed in containers outdoors, as well as inside of the home.
Autumn flowers in bloom around Thanksgiving include:
- Baby’s Breath
- China berry
- Gerbera Daisy
- Kangaroo paw
- Misty Blue
- Pepper berry
- Queen Ann’s Lace
- Rowen berry
- Star of Bethlehem
Thanksgiving Celebration Lighting
While it’s easy to overlook when you’re planning your Thanksgiving decorations, the lighting in your party place plays a crucial role in creating just the right autumnal ambiance. From soft candle light to colorful or white string lights, there are many ways to use lighting strategically throughout your celebration. You can use lighting to enhance the atmosphere in every room of the home, as well as outdoors.
Here are some excellent lighting options to consider using to achieve just the right look, indoors and outside:
Flameless LED Candles
A safe option for adding soft light is flameless LED candles. You’ll find them in a variety of sizes and styles. They can be used on tabletops, in candle holders, and as a part of centerpieces.
Add just the right amount of autumnal twinkle with delicate fairy lights. They’re perfect for use in vases or as a part of a décor piece, such as a wreath or centerpiece.
Add light to a small area with simple mini lights. Often found in plain white, they can be used on indoor plants or as a part of a mantle display, just to name a few ideas.
String lighting is great for both indoor and outdoor party settings. They add a little sparkle to any space. You can use them in garland, on wreaths, along railings, etc. Choose a soft white string light for a gentle glow.
Luminaries give off a soft glow and add an elegant touch to tabletops and outdoor entertaining areas. You can create beautiful DIY luminaries using the paper of your choice. For enhanced safety, use flameless LED candles and flameless tealights.
Candles & Tealights
Since it gets dark outside earlier, candles and tealights are perfect for use at dining tables on Thanksgiving. They add a soft, warm glow to create a cozy and inviting atmosphere. Scented candles are also a great way to bring the scent of fall indoors.
Have fun with these Thanksgiving Decorations
While you may aim to create an elegant and classy atmosphere, it’s okay to have a bit of fun with the décor, too. Bringing decorations into unexpected areas or adding them to otherwise ordinary areas of the home will enhance the charm.
Add some playful touches with these Thanksgiving decorating ideas:
Thanksgiving Window Decorations
Don’t leave your windows empty and bare. Bring a little fall fun to them by using window clings or hanging Thanksgiving decorations from them. You can use faux leaves, pumpkin cut outs, cornucopia cut outs, etc. Your home will be giving off the fall vibes from the street with nicely decorated windows.
Pumpkins are one of the defining natural elements of fall, so include them in your décor, both indoors and outside. You can find a variety of sizes and colors, not only in real pumpkins but faux ones as well. If you’re unsure about what Thanksgiving decorations to use, you simply can’t go wrong with pumpkins of any size, color, and type.
Thanksgiving Noise Makers
Let your guests get loud by providing them with fun and festive noise makers. Set them out on tables or leave one at each place setting. They’re the perfect accessory for game time, too.
Add to the excitement of the event with colorful confetti poppers. The younger guests will definitely get a kick out of these! If you can find them with fall colors, that’s even better.
Thanksgiving Yard Décor
Greet everyone who comes by with beautiful thanksgiving yard décor. Include natural elements like pumpkins, gourds, hay bales, corn stalks, etc.
Dessert or Buffet Table Backdrop
Dress up the dessert or buffet table with a beautiful backdrop. It’ll create a visual focal point.
Photo Booth or Scene Setters
Scene setters will help you create a very specific look in one area, and can be the perfect backdrop for a photo booth. Guests will love the opportunity to take silly pictures and have keepsakes to take home with them from the holiday.
Photo Booth Props
If you do set up a photo booth, be sure to include props like sunglasses, funny hats, mustaches, and more.
More Thanksgiving Decorations Worth Considering
Still searching for Thanksgiving party ideas? We’ve got plenty more to consider.
These Thanksgiving decorations will add a personal touch to your celebration and can bring out your chosen theme with style:
Photos of Thanksgivings’ past
Guests will love reliving treasured memories of Thanksgivings past when you set out old photos. You can hang them up or create a collage. It’s a sweet way to remind everyone of the importance of friends and family on the holiday.
Create your own tassel garlands with either paper or fabric. It’s a perfect way to match your party’s color scheme and add a little extra oomph to shelves, walls, or a mantle.
Set out a simple guest book so that each guest can record their name and share a special thought. It can become a treasured keepsake that you’ll enjoy reading through year after year.
Balloons & Balloon Weights
While not typically thought of as Thanksgiving decorations, balloons are an easy way to add a festive touch. They add height and volume to fill up otherwise empty areas, and they’re just plain fun! Kids will especially love seeing colored balloons. Secure them in place and keep them from floating away with coordinating balloon weights.
Hanging Decorations & Streamers
Bring the fun with colorful streamers and hanging decorations. Hanging décor can be strung from light fixtures, window frames, or even just the walls.
Wall Décor & Cut-Outs
Dress up bare walls with décor and cut outs. If you have a specific theme for your Thanksgiving get-together, cut outs are a great way to play it up, especially if you’ve chosen a character or symbol.
Sound the Party Horns!Beautify your home this holiday with thoughtful Thanksgiving decorations. The colors, scents, and textures of the season can be used to enhance the atmosphere of your fall feast. Guests will love the warm and cozy vibe you create with carefully chosen decorations for Thanksgiving. From the exterior to the interior of your home, opportunity awaits with bountiful fall décor ideas.
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