If you like to go all-out when it comes to Thanksgiving decorations, you have come to the right place! Before you go out and start looking for your Thanksgiving party supplies, we have a couple of tips to make your decorating this year much more fun and festive. Whether you are throwing a classy and sophisticated Thanksgiving, or a casual and classic Turkey Day, we can help you get your house and table ready for your guests and for your delicious meal.
1. Go natural.
The fall season is all about rich colors. From brown, to orange, to deep greens and reds, most of fall’s colors come from the changing greenery and the outdoors. Bring some of those colors in from the outside, with natural branches or pinecones in a vase, pressed red and yellow leaves adorning the walls, and gourds in yellow, orange, and green on your mantle, fireplace, or piano. Take a walk around your neighborhood and pick up some decorations to compliment the Thanksgiving decorations you choose from the store.
2. Go rustic.
There is something about the fall that makes us want to hearken back to our traditions and to the “good old days.” When it comes to decorations, which usually means that we break out the metals and deep woods. Just as metallic colors are almost always in for fall fashion, they are in for Thanksgiving decorations as well. Look for banners, wooden or metal lettering, etc. in rustic materials.
3. Focus on the pumpkin.
Pumpkins aren’t just for Halloween. Uncarved, they are just as great for Thanksgiving as they for Halloween. You can make the pumpkin the focal point of your table, playing off of its colors for the rest of your décor. A pumpkin, surrounded by a couple of other gourds, makes a perfectly fine centerpiece, without any other embellishments necessary. If you do want to dress them up a little, you can paint your entire pumpkin or even just stencil a word or monogram on the side.
4. Make your own turkey.
While you probably already have plans to make the real turkey, when Thanksgiving rolls around, in order to get your home ready for the big day, make some paper turkeys for the walls to complement the meal. You can do the classic hand-tracing and coloring design for some paper turkeys that are reminiscent of your childhood, find a stencil online to trace onto red, yellow, and brown construction paper, or find cutouts and other turkeys in our store.
5. Set your table.
Thanksgiving dinner is a special meal and it should have a special table! Look for placemats in fall colors or that match your theme. If you are having a rustic Thanksgiving, for example, burlap rectangles could make charming and inexpensive placemats. Use twine to hold together your utensils and serve drinks in mason jars instead of fancier glasses. For a fancier affair, metallic placemats and dishes brighten a room and a beaded utensil holder will pull all of the décor together.
6. Decorate with food.
Pies and candy can be just as decorative as anything else. Because pumpkin pie is a staple in most households and the color of the pie matches the season so well, setting out your gorgeous pie can make the room look and smell beautiful. Fill a jar with candy corn or other fall-colored candies and set them around the house for quick snacking and a festive feel.
7. Don’t forget the place cards.
Whether you are throwing a fancy affair or a classic and rustic one, or if only your immediate family is attending and you know exactly where you are supposed to sit, there is something especially festive about a place card. This is another great place to slip in a turkey or a pumpkin on your table. A turkey silhouette, cut from metallic paper, is both festive and fancy, while one from craft paper will be infinitely charming.
8. Go untraditional.
If you hold on to a few traditional elements, like seasonal flowers or branches from the outdoors, you can throw in a few unexpected colors and really spruce up a room and turn the whole season on its head. Just because it’s fall doesn’t mean you have to decorate will fall colors, especially if they aren’t exactly your favorites. A classic blue and white tablecloth will hearken back to family meals in farmhouses and antler decorations will speak to the season and to the bounty about to be placed on the table.
9. For the table, keep away from tall centerpieces.
If the centerpiece is too tall, it will be impossible for your guests to talk to one another, which is the point of a Thanksgiving meal, to come together, discuss what you are thankful for, and eat together as friends or family. A few pumpkins or some short dried-flower centerpieces will be preferable to branches or stacked pieces that make it difficult to see who is sitting across from you.
10. Go candlelit.
The pilgrims didn’t have electricity and they ate just fine! Opting for candles over full-lighting will make the setting more intimate and encourage discussion between your guests. Plus, they are a great way to highlight the great meal you’ve prepared.
The most important tip of all is to have fun! If you spend too much time worrying about whether or not your dinner is going to go off without a hitch, you are likely not going to have very much time to be thankful for your friends, family, and blessings of the year.