Tips and Tricks for a successful Thanksgiving!

Tips and Tricks for a successful Thanksgiving!

A time of thanks and family, this famous tradition is all about reflecting on the past year or the past in general and giving thanks for what you are grateful for in your life. Whether you are all about the food, all about the gathering, or all about the season, there are ways you can incorporate this holiday into your interior.

Nestled between the Fall season and Winter, Thanksgiving allows you to not only celebrate in your own special way but to decorate and design your home in your own way, also. Here are some tips and tricks to transform your home for this Thanksgiving season!

Seasonal Colours

Thanksgiving - like any other holiday, is all about the festive spirit with the added bonus of cosy vibes. Colours play a big part in any decor and are an important part of any interior design project. As we all know, the psychology of colours is a big factor when it comes to decorating so it is important to use them correctly as well as keeping on theme for the season.

Colours such as red always work in kitchens and dining rooms as these are strong colours and can stimulate hunger, however over the festive season this would work really well as it would tie in with the seasonal colour palette with the bonus of being a colour that psychologically aids in hunger - perfect for Thanksgiving dinner!

Other colours that work great and stay on theme for the holiday are yellows, oranges, and greens as they are all naturally occurring throughout the Autumn season and the Winter season that follows. Should you wish to go all out and overhaul your colour scheme at home, then these are the colours to keep in mind.

Soft Furnishings

If you don't want to go the route of paint or paper, you can add colour through fabrics and soft furnishings to keep on trend for Thanksgiving! Soft materials are always on trend for this season as it is, afterall, the season of comfort and cosiness.

Blankets and throws are perfect for both the bedroom and living room and it is so easy to find a blanket or throw in any colour so finding one in a Thanksgiving/seasonal colour such as red, yellow, orange, or brown should be no problem. This is another way you can add that pop of Autumnal colour into your living room, bedroom, or other areas but avoid having to lift a brush.

As Thanksgiving is in the middle of Fall and on the precipice of Winter, it's important to keep in mind the themes for these seasons and use these in your interior to stay on trend for not only the season, but for the holiday. Think about plaids, checks and patterns that immediately give off Thanksgiving vibes. This is a great way to not only add patterns to your home but to also add some of the necessary pops of colour.

Pillows are a great way to add Autumn colours to your room and also keep in theme of cosiness during the holidays. Like blankets, they can be found in every colour and pattern and will therefore be an easy and effective addition to your home to elevate your Thanksgiving style. Who knows, you might even find a turkey shaped pillow!

Thanksgiving Decor

Home decor is a way to show off your individuality and creativity so decorating for Thanksgiving should be no different. There are many different ways you can add some style to your home and elevate the current style for the holiday season so it's down to you to get creative with the ideas and go in the direction that suits you!

First, let's talk about dinner. A main part - if not the main part, of Thanksgiving and it's easy to see why. Thanksgiving dinner usually entails the family and/or friends settling in around a table and sharing a meal together while giving thanks for the things they are grateful for, so why not make it as memorable as possible. With table decor, you can pretty much go in any direction - from formal to casual and from traditional to modern, and everything in between. A more simplistic idea if you are not a fan of vibrant season colours is to decorate in a more neutral way. Keep the tablecloth, dishware, cutlery and anything relating to the preparation and serving of the food neutral with whites, blacks or greys and add your featured item or pop of colour in the form of a centrepiece. This allows you to have interesting decor but not in an overwhelming or cluttered way.

If you are a fan of the traditional, why not go all out with the Fall/Thanksgiving coloured and themed decor. Think red napkins, red tablecloths, flowers, straw turkeys and over the top iconic seasonal additions that will no doubt be the talk of the party and the attraction of all eyes. It's a time to celebrate, so why not go crazy!

If you want to go in this direction but are trying to add a little more uniqueness, how about a table runner focused on apples and seasonal fruits. Spread apples, pears, and oranges down the table, mix in some candles of varying heights and some greenery and ferns, and you have an interesting and natural centrepiece that is definitely unique. This is just one of the many ways you can take classic Thanksgiving decor ideas and transform them into something of your own that could maybe even become tradition in your home.

Pumpkin Party

Pumpkins are famously used for Halloween but over the last few decades they have crossed over into another holiday: Thanksgiving! Pumpkin pies, pumpkin spice, and pumpkin decor are some of the ways this fruit has become more and more popular over this season and there are ways that you can utilise them to elevate your style and decor for a successful Thanksgiving.

Go for a twist on this classic and try the trend of painted pumpkins. Instead of carving the pumpkin, simply paint it and decorate it in a variety of colours as you please to match your home or the decorating vision you are going for. You can add designs to this, glue on berries, glitter, or let the kids go wild and you can create a fun atmosphere all while creating a beautiful piece of decor. A big bonus of this is that these pumpkins will last longer as you haven´t carved them and removed the insides, therefore they wont rot as quickly meaning you can keep them for longer or use them once they have fulfilled their decoration purposes. You can use them to make a pie, soup or whatever you choose. If you want to go the glam route, try metallic paint for an eye catching take on this alternative to the standard pumpkin.

Having already spoken of Thanksgiving dinner, another take on pumpkins that can elevate your party is to use miniature painted pumpkins with names as placeholders for a Thanksgiving dinner party. This is a unique way to personalise these holiday staples for your loved ones. Surround these with overflowing ferns, greenery and candles like we have mentioned before and here you have a nice and simple yet intimate take on a holiday classic.

First Impressions

Whether it's an apartment door, porch, or entryway, the first thing your guests see is important as first impressions set the mood for the remainder of the night. There are many classic ways of making your guests feel welcome the minute they walk to your door, so it's all about adding your own touch.

If you are a traditionalist, you can go for the classic holiday wreath - usually a mix of leaves and other seasonal, natural elements, you can go in this direction as a safe bet of being welcoming, or you can add a wreath with a twist. Incorporate feathers in varying “turkey” colours to give the guests an idea of what they are in for or add lights for an even more unique interpretation. If you want to ditch the wreath altogether but keep some elements like the flowers or the feathers, how about getting crafty and wrapping them around a welcome sign.

On the topic of welcomes, festive doorsteps are a great way to go. Elevate your boring welcome mat area by surrounding it with seasonal classics. Use those painted pumpkins we spoke about earlier and stack them around the porch for a cute and stylish welcome. Surround these with electric candles and/or flowers, and here you can give your guests an illuminated (and non-dangerous) first impression!

The most important part of this holiday is to surround yourself with the people you love and those that you care about in life. It's all about giving thanks, however, thanks can be given in style.

Get creative, go traditional, or even just go crazy, this is another great season that can be as amazing as you make it. By following our tips and tricks for elevating your Thanksgiving we hope you are able to pull off a successful holiday and enjoy every minute, whatever you plan to do!