1. LAY A BEAUTIFUL TABLE
Feasting is at the heart of Thanksgiving, and a beautifully decorated table will only help to make your Thanksgiving meal feel even more special. For a thanksgiving centerpiece that is beautifully seasonal and easy to create, arrange a selection of pumpkins in different sizes and colors along the center of the table and decorate with vases filled with autumnal foliage, as demonstrated here by OKA.
2. ENRICH YOUR OUTSIDE SPACE WITH SEASONAL FLOURISHES
Give guests a warm and seasonal welcome with a beautifully decorated door and porch. From hand-crafted Thanksgiving wreaths, made from cut fall flowers and foliage from your yard and garden, to beautiful faux foliage designs, as shown above with Balsam Hill's Autumn Abundance Foliage, these natural accents can add beautiful color and texture to your outside space – don't forget to decorate with plenty of pretty pumpkins, too!
3. MAKE A STATEMENT WITH YOUR MANTEL DECOR
If you're looking for thanksgiving craft ideas, why not create a show-stopping mantelpiece garland? A cascading design full of fall color is guaranteed to wow dinner guests, and will bring uplifting color during gray days.
4. CREATE A SEASONAL TABLE SETTING
Take inspiration from the colors and textures of fall to create a beautiful Thanksgiving table setting for guests. There's no need to go all out, just placing fruit and pine cones and twinkling tea lights along the middle is enough to bring the table to life.
5. DECORATE WITH PLENTY OF PUMPKINS
Undoubtedly the most popular Thanksgiving decoration of them all you, you can never go wrong with decorating with pumpkins. From real pumpkins and impressive faux pumpkin designs, to pumpkin-themed tableware – Pottery Barn's Thanksgiving collection has an impressive selection, this seasonal squash is guaranteed to had homey, harvest-inspired character to your Thanksgiving scheme.
6. CREATE A RUSTIC FARMHOUSE FEEL
For a subtle yet seasonal look that is also sustainable, try decorating with dried flowers and seasonal fruit that can also be eaten and enjoyed. Vases of dried flowers can also be used to style sideboards, mantlepieces and dotted along the table as a rustic centerpiece.
7. EMBRACE A MAXIMALIST LOOK
Why not go all out with your layering and create a fabulous tablescape full of color and texture? Featuring lovely brown and sage tones, this delicately patterned Turning Leaves tablecloth from Katherine Young sets a beautiful Thanksgiving scene, and is layered here with her chocolate rattan charger and bamboo plates. A beautiful velvet pumpkin makes the perfect finishing touch or table gift.
8. OR, KEEP YOUR SCHEME SIMPLE AND MINIMAL
For a pared-back, relaxed look, embrace decorations in more calming, subtle color palettes – think plenty of pastel pumpkins and elegant flower arrangements. We love the look of this fireplace, decorated with a collection of more minimalist pumpkins from West Elm and dried flowers, with the candles adding the perfect dose of coziness and warmth.
9. PLACE YOUR DINNER TABLE AT THE HEART OF THE FUN
‘Thanksgiving for us is three days of meals altogether with our grown children and their babies, plus various guests, on Bray’s Island in South Carolina,’ says interior designer Beth Webb. Feasting is arguably the most important part of the holiday, meaning that the dinner table should be where you concentrate your decor efforts.
10. WOW YOUR GUESTS WITH STATEMENT ENTRANCE DECOR
The floral flourishes shouldn’t stop at the wreath on your door – if you're going to be hosting lots of guests this year, consider greeting them on arrival with a statement piece of celebratory decor in your entrance hall.
11. RETHINK YOUR HALLOWEEN PUMPKINS FOR AN AUTUMNAL LOOK
‘It wouldn’t be fall without a pumpkin, but there are more possibilities than the typical orange ones,’ says Carmel Donohue, founder of Poppy Belle Florals. Pumpkins may have been central to your Halloween decor, but their time is not over. Think about how to make a pumpkin planter as a centerpiece to your Thanksgiving table, or consider styling your front porch or steps with stylish faux designs.
12. KICK OFF A SOIREE AT THE COCKTAIL STATION
Offering your diners a welcome drink on arrival is the first step in being a consummate host. But for times when you’re busy in the kitchen, keep your guests entertained and with a full glass in hand by creating a drinks station or small home bar.
13. SHAKE YOUR TAIL FEATHERS WITH BIRD-THEMED DECOR
While excitement brews for the turkey’s arrival at the dinner table, whet your guest’s appetite by dotting feathered friends around your decor. Birds make for a beautiful theme for fall decor ideas, too, and we can't get enough of the fun, feathered designs that feature in John Derian's Thanksgiving collaboration with Target, shop a few of our favorites designs below.
14. WARM UP BY A FESTIVE FIREPLACE
After all that dinner, you’re going to need a spot for a light snooze. There is simply no better spot to recline in the colder months than in front of the fireplace, so make sure this feels like an even more special part of the home with festive fall mantel ideas.
15. CREATE AN IMMERSIVE ATMOSPHERE WITH SCENTED DECOR
‘Fill your room with warming autumnal scents like pumpkin and cinnamon spice for the complete autumn experience,’ says Jessica Hanley, founder of Piglet In Bed. ‘You can light candles in your desired scent as well as use natural diffusers for a subtle scent that isn't too overpowering.’
16. CREATE A COZY AMBIENCE WITH SOFT, WARM LIGHTING
‘Everyone looks better in a warm glow,’ says interior designer Benji Lewis. ‘Lighting is one of the easiest ways to create a cozy atmosphere.’ Reaching for the dimmer switch and scattering your best candles throughout the living spaces is absolutely essential to creating a romantic holiday atmosphere in your home this Thanksgiving.
17. OPT FOR A MORE CONTEMPORARY LOOK WITH PAMPAS GRASS DECOR
‘Pampas has been a dominant trend throughout the summer, and this isn’t going to change anytime soon,’ says Carmel Donohue, founder of Poppy Belle Florals. ‘Bring the fall harvest feeling into your home with these tall fluffy stems, which add both texture and height to any area.’
18. LAYER YOUR SPACE WITH PLENTY OF TACTILE TEXTURE
There’s nothing quite like being pleasantly full and wrapped up in a blanket, with nowhere else you need to be for the rest of the day. To make that dream come true for all your guests this Thanksgiving, ensure your seasonal soft furnishings are ready and waiting to envelop them in comfort.