Easy and Fun Thanksgiving Decorating Ideas For Your Home

Hosting a Thanksgiving party? We got you and a handy list of decorating ideas.

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Thanksgiving is about celebrating the harvest and the best of fall. However, as it's sandwiched between Halloween and Christmas, choosing your Thanksgiving decorations can be tricky. Whether you're celebrating with family or going for a less traditional Friendsgiving, there are many ideas for decorating your home that will impress your guests and make your home look like it belongs in a magazine.

As with any family gathering and meal preparation, Thanksgiving can be hectic. Organizing your decor doesn't have to be, especially if you plan ahead and use your decorations strategically. Let’s take a look at some easy and fun ways to decorate your home for Thanksgiving.

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Thanksgiving table decor

When it comes to decorating your table, the food tends to take center stage. But, with a few simple ideas, you can transform your guests’ culinary experience into one they won’t soon forget.

Lean into fall

As Thanksgiving is about the harvest bounty, don’t be shy about taking full advantage of the season. Fall is about rich, vibrant colors so use a lot of oranges, reds and greens on your table. Use dried corn cobs, gourds, dried leaves, straw and fall flowers to add some festive vibe to your table. You can easily repurpose your leftover Halloween decorations as long as they match your overall look. Skip the goblins and ghosts and go for the orange pumpkins instead.

Opt for solid black or white tablecloths with orange or natural fiber napkins. Use a straw ribbon or a piece of rope to hold your cutlery in place. Crisp white plates and glassware can also add some sophistication to your table decor while creating a cozy atmosphere and letting the food be the star.

Incorporate Christmas flavors

Choose quality decorations you can reuse for other occasions to save time and money. With Christmas just around the corner, you can get creative with red napkins, candles, dried pepper berries or other flowers. You can add some sparkle with gold and silver accents but use them sparingly, or you might end up with more of a Christmas vibe rather than Thanksgiving.

Go for classy white

Another great way to create that magazine-style Thanksgiving decor is to center your color scheme around white. You can easily incorporate other items into this aesthetic that can be reused for different holidays. Choose classic and quality pieces that will last for several years.

Thanksgiving centerpieces

You can use pumpkins, candles, dried flowers, or a combination of these to create stunning centerpieces for your Thanksgiving table. While creating your masterpiece, make sure that you keep the size in mind. If your centerpiece is too large or too wide, it might be difficult for people sitting across each other to have a conversation or reach serving plates.

Outdoor Thanksgiving decorations

Extend your Thanksgiving festivities by decorating outdoors. If you have stairs or a porch, use pumpkins and fall flowers like mums or ornamental cabbage and kale to add color and brightness. You can also create decorative wreaths with pumpkins, leaves and dried flowers and hand them over the door.


Thanksgiving is a time for family and friends to get together. Adding some holiday cheer to your decor can make it extra special. With our list of tips, decorating for Thanksgiving will be a breeze. Have fun and enjoy the compliments from your guests.

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