Thanksgiving is more than a time for increasing the size of your waistline. It’s a time to get creative. As a host, you can be as simple or as elaborate as you like. If you’re struggling for ideas this year, we’ve compiled a few cute Thanksgiving decoration ideas together. Here are just a few great ideas you could bring into this year’s celebrations.
Fall is the time of year where gardens across the US are covered in colors of burnished browns and radiating reds. Bring this design into your table runner. Use fake leaf garlands and stretch them out. You should never use real leaves for this. Although they might be more realistic, they bring a lot of germs into the house.
We know how prominent pumpkins are at this time of year. Use them in your design. Place some mini pumpkins on the tables with small little candles in or on them. The soft light of a candle really brings a room to life.
You have to be careful about safety, though. Children can easily knock them over. They’re a fire hazard. If you’re having any kids over for Thanksgiving, swap the candles for internal light sources. They still look fantastic and they don’t have the same fire risks attached to them.
Use napkins if you want to add a touch of class to things. Napkins are excellent for adding a cost-effective piece of decoration. Fold them beautifully and tie them up with a piece of French ribbon. White napkins work best for this. A deep purple piece of ribbon will always stand out.
We wouldn’t recommend messing around with origami. Making little animals with the napkins is quite immature and it might leave a bad impression on people who take Thanksgiving very seriously.
Don’t Forget the Mantel!
If you have a mantelpiece in the feasting room, or any other surface with nothing on it, decorate this as well. It’s easy to focus too much on the table and ignore everything else. The image of Thanksgiving is created by focusing on the entire room.
One idea would be to use some cinnamon-colored candles and hurricane lamps. Cover the surface with some fake autumn leaves and lanterns. Avoid using anything with a distinctive scent. You don’t want a sickly sweet smell from a candle to interfere with the aromas coming from your meal.
Feel free to use food in your centerpieces. It’s a cute way of decorating and it ensures nothing is wasted. One home used a variety of candies to create little figures of the pilgrims. The kids ate it all afterwards, but whilst it was up and untouched it looked awesome.
You don’t have to put this much effort into things. Simple uses of food could include adding place cards to dried artichokes or a little fruit platter towards the center.
You can essentially do anything with food. Make sure they don’t go bad quickly, though. There’s nothing worse than a pungent rotting smell invading the main course.