Thanksgiving is a time for being together and being thankful. If you are the host of your family’s Thanksgiving dinner this year, it is a nice gesture to your guests if you take a little time to decorate your home. Festive decorations give a feeling of warmth and welcome, and make your house look nice and cheery. While not all of us are Martha Stewart’s in training, it doesn’t take much time, skill or money to get your house looking great this November. Here are a few musts to include in your decorating, as well as a few How To guides to create your own fun Thanksgiving decorations.
Table Centerpiece: Cornucopia. Cornucopias are a common Thanksgiving decoration and they are the perfect table centerpiece for your family meal. While you can purchase these, making your own is fun and simple! You will need:
A premade, ready to fill cornucopia (or cone shaped basket)
An inexpensive serving tray
Autumn leaves, use ones from your trees in your yard
Autumn fruits and vegetables
Begin by covering the serving tray with the leaves you collected from your yard. It’s best if you have several different colors of leaves, as this will create a much more attractive centerpiece.
Next, stuff the bottom of the cornucopia with the straw
Begin stuffing the cornucopia with the fruits, vegetables, and pumpkins. You can be creative with how these are sorted within the cornucopia, just try to have a good mixture throughout.
Place the cornucopia on the leaf covered tray.
Continue to pack the fruits, vegetables, and pumpkins into the cornucopia. You want these to spill out onto the tray because this signifies wealth and prosperity, and it looks very festive and nice.
Place the tray with the completed cornucopia on the center of your table.
Door Decor: Festive Thanksgiving Wreath. A beautiful, handmade Thanksgiving wreath will make your home look inviting and holiday happy before guests even enter. Hang one of these on the outside of your door and everyone in your neighborhood will know you have holiday spirit. You will need:
Plain wooden wreath
1 yard thick, holiday ribbon
super glue or hot glue
Using a plain wooden wreath, begin by gluing the leaves, pine cones, nuts, and berries all over the wreath. Try to get a good mixture of them around.
Tie the ribbon into a bow and glue this onto the wreath. It is your choice if you want it on the top or the bottom.
Your wreath is ready to hang on your door.
Indoor or Outdoor Decorations: Thanksgiving Garlands. These are a fun addition to your porch or inside your home. They are bright, fun, and creative. You will need:
Orange colored Christmas lights
Yellow colored Christmas lights
Super glue or hot glue
Twist the lights together so that you have a long strand of both orange and yellow lights
Glue the autumn leaves throughout the garland.
Plug in and voila! You have a light up Thanksgiving garland.
Some fun finishing touches for your Thanksgiving decor.
Turkey themed decorations
Orange, red, and yellow napkins
A Fall colored table cloth
Fall colored place mats
Thanksgiving is an easy and affordable Holiday to decorate for. Try some of these ideas out and your family will be sure to send you their compliments.