As Thanksgiving approaches, we at DIY Home & Garden have a whole lot to be grateful for. In the spirit of gratitude and appreciation, we tantalized our female readers last week with tons and tons of decorating and arranging ideas for the Thanksgiving table. Curious and a ‘little bit’ interested in how it all went down? Do check out our awe-inspiring Thanksgiving tablescape inspirations right here!
Now, while the table is an essential (oh sorry, the most essential) part of Thanksgiving, other places in the home also need to be spruced up in preparation for this thankful season. That’s why today we are (somewhat) taking our attention off the table and the accompanying feasts and rather, focusing on the overall home decor and key themes of hospitality and conviviality. From your front porch to your mantel, let your abode show indeed how thankful you are.
1. Fireplace mantel decor
Keeping with the season, this fall-themed decor deftly combines gourds, pumpkins, dried wheat, hay, and cute baskets to achieve a Thanksgiving piece reminiscent of harvest. The biggest eye-catching feature of this decor would have to be the symmetrical arrangement of inexpensive plates on the wall above the mantel. It immediately captures and holds the attention of guests, and let’s face it, it is downright elegant! If you’re really keen on the plate-decor idea, then scroll on down the list. (Psst! It’s No. 6)
Want something a bit more celebratory? Then banners and garlands would make a colorful display above the fireplace.
Or you could go with a strictly leafy decor on your mantel: leaves in vases, garlands of leaves, and a picture of leaves in autumn:
Faux leaves sprinkled with glitter is another dazzling option for your fireplace:
White gourds, wreath, and yes, a garland of leaves give this fireplace an antique and yet classy feel.
2. Front porch decor
Before guests step into your home to admire the beautiful tablescape or the mantel decor, the front porch should already set a welcoming and celebratory tone. This Thanksgiving, choose from this impressive array of wreaths for your doors:
Not a big fan of wreath? Then this DIY wooden tag made from ply wood, jute rope, and black acrylic paint is just what the doctor ordered!
Or this cute pinecone collection:
You can also decorate your porch with pumpkins decorated with colorful ribbons and displaying warm thankful messages:
Alternatively, get an antique chair, a chalkboard sign, some pumpkins and leaf branches, and voila!
3. Chair decor
It’s funny how we all concentrate on making our tables beautiful and forget about the chairs. This year, show some love to your dining room chairs and your guests would be grateful.
4. Pumpkin-themed decor
Decorating with pumpkins never fails! Whether it’s a giant pumpkin set on a flora-lined pedestal:
Or serving as a floral-vase centerpiece for your tablescape, pumpkins remain a true-and-tried Thanksgiving decor piece:
How about we forgo the usual pumpkin arrangement and try something unique like this ‘pumpkin tree’:
Small gourds can also be placed in glass containers and topped off with a pumpkin vine to achieve a brilliant effect:
You can achieve an even more colorful effect with tangerines and pinecones:
If all you have are small pumpkins, then you can place them in a bell jar, cover with a plate and turn the jar upside down. The result is one unique decoration.
A variation of this is the flowers-under-glass-flutes decor:
5. Traditional decor
The cornucopia is one of the most iconic symbols of Thanksgiving and fall. Including it in your home decor is a traditional and yet stylish option. From fruits, vegetables, gourds, pumpkins and Indian corn to cookies, jams and chocolates, let your horn of plenty overflow with abundance.
While the cornucopia symbolizes the old Thanksgiving tradition, the thankful tree is becoming a new tradition for the season. Handwritten notes of thanks are attached to tree branches, and the tree is then used as a symbolic and memorable decor piece.
6. Something quirky
An antique secretary featuring as a food-slash-produce stand:
Or a dessert buffet station using display cabinets. Yummy!
If you’re proud of your china, then display them this Thanksgiving, accompanied by little touches of ceramic pumpkins and cabbage plants:
Or arrange said china on the wall for a quirky and appealing touch to your Thanksgiving decor:
After Thanksgiving is said and done, another huge holiday approaches. Yep, Christmas!!! I’m excited, quite alright. How about you put special touches of Christmas in your Thanksgiving decoration with these few decor ideas:
- Subtle hints of Christmas with green plants and white cotton. Scatter these around your home and guests with a sharp eye would catch your drift!
- Or secure sprigs of sage to pillar candles with twine:
- Paint Thanksgiving pieces a warm shade of gold