Decorating for Thanksgiving shouldn’t be a stressful task. You should have fun with it and let your imaginative and creative side take over. You don’t have to overdo it, pretending to be Martha Stewart and have papier mache pumpkins and turkeys all over your house. Let your Thanksgiving decorations be representative of your style and your home’s decor. There are many decorative options that will fit your traditional, modern, contemporary, country or eclectic style. You don’t have to do what you think is “normal,” and you don’t have spend a lot of money to make your decorations look good.
Decorate on a budget
Want to know how you get free Thanksgiving decorations? Follow these instructions: go out into your yard, grab a few of leaves and pine-cones, rinse them off and let them air dry. You now have decorations that can be creatively spread across your kitchen, coffee, and side tables. Who needs to go to the store and spend any money when your decorations are already in your backyard? Poke a few holes and string them along your fireplace mantel and staircase. Place them in your guest bedrooms or on a console table in an entryway along with pumpkin spice or cranberry scented candles to spread the Thanksgiving feeling throughout your entire home. Don’t forget to check your attic or storage space for decorations. There’s a reason why you saved those pilgrim drawings and hand print turkeys your kids made when they were in elementary school. Those keepsakes make for great decorations and add a sentimental personal touch. For more information on DIY decoration ideas check out our blog post on DIY craft ideas.
If you don’t have time to DIY your Thanksgiving decorations and you have to take a trip to the store, make sure you go with a plan in mind. There’s nothing is worse than going to a store with no clue as to what you’re looking for. To save time, choose a color scheme. Are you going to go with the traditional Thanksgiving colors, reds, oranges, and yellows or are you going to do something a bit more modern with metallic golds and silvers? Whatever color scheme you choose, you will likely find suitable decorations at your local dollar stores. Pick up a few ready-made leaf garlands, foam pumpkins, and a cornucopia basket and you’re all set!
Setting the table
The most popular place to be during Thanksgiving is the kitchen table. It’s where the most interesting conversations take place, but most importantly it’s where we stuff our faces with turkey, macaroni and cheese, that good ole canned cranberry sauce and all of the other fixings. If you’ve traded the cornucopia centerpiece for the turkey with all of the trimmings that’s okay. Using food to set your table along with place settings is a more traditional way of doing Thanksgiving. Use placemats with rich, warm tones and complimentary cloth napkins with embellished napkin rings. You can even take things a bit further with little personalized thank you notes at each setting that tell your guests how thankful you are to be able to spend this holiday with them. But don’t forget about the kids table! Turn the kids table into an arts and crafts table where the kiddos can create their own festive tablescape before dinner is served. It will be a good way to keep them entertained.
If you’re opting for a buffet style serving arrangement, that will free up some space on the table for you to create an amazing tablescape using floral arrangements, candles, pumpkins, squash, corn, lanterns, or whatever you choose. Remember balance and symmetry is essential. Whatever you decide to create will be amazing as long as you’re happy with it; you will certainly have a picture perfect Thanksgiving!
Need more ideas on decorating for Thanksgiving? Pinterest and eHow will be your go-to sites and will help you get the look you desire. Post pictures of your thanksgiving decorations on our Facebook page, we would love to see what you create!