Thanksgiving Home Decorating Ideas

by Rachel Laurendeau on November 12, 2012

With Thanksgiving less than two weeks away, my mind keeps drifting to thoughts of preparing for the house full of guests that we are expecting. Of course, my brain goes into overdrive and starts thinking about all sorts of home improvements that I’d like to complete before then, but let’s be serious, there is no way I’m going to have time to hang wallpaper in the guest bathroom before the big day!

Instead, let’s stick to some simple projects and decorating and save the home remodeling for another time. First things first, let’s try to remember that Thanksgiving is about giving thanks, celebrating the autumn harvest and getting together with friends or family. This isn’t a holiday about keeping up with the Joneses so try to be true to yourself and the holiday when you prepare your home. Let’s look at a few nature-inspired crafty home improvement ideas to help you spruce up your home and make it more inviting.

Simple floral arrangements are lovely, but why not take it a step further and use flowers in fall colors or even use cut branches from the shrubs in your yard? If you are putting vases on the dining table, be sure the arrangements are low enough that you can see above them. Who wants to be trying to talk to Aunt Shirley across the table and staring at a big orange dahlia?

Depending on how formal your gathering, you may want to make place cards for the table. You can try your hand at calligraphy, stamping or use your home printer. A nice touch might be to write sayings of thanks on each place card. These can easily be made ahead of time and are a fun craft for your kids to help out with.

Make your front entry more welcoming and festive by hanging a seasonal wreath or cluster like this simple pinecone cluster from

Take a look at our previous blog post Budget-Friendly DIY Home Decorating for Fall for lots of other seasonal decorating ideas.

Whether you recreate a horn of plenty to place on your buffet, set out candles in a bowl of cranberries and acorns or brighten up your doorstep with a beautiful potted mum, your guests will surely appreciate your handmade and thoughtful decorating this Thanksgiving.

Resources: Encyclopedia Smithsonian and Better Homes and Gardens 

“We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures.” – Thornton Wilder

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