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Easy Thanksgiving Decorations

Updated on October 23, 2009

Hosting Thanksgiving for family and extended family can be stressful. With all the cleaning and cooking to be done, decorating the house can seem like a real chore. But decorating does not need to be complex. Here are some ideas for easy decorations that will make your house look festive without overworking you.

Pumpkins and Gourds
Pumpkins and gourds make fantastic decorations, and require very little effort. Get a variety of sizes of pumpkins and different shapes and colors of gourds. Place around your house in entryways, beside fireplaces, or in the kitchen. Very small gourds or pumpkins also make great centerpieces, and cost very little compared to other decorative options. If you have children, you can use jack-o-lanterns they make as decoration. If carving pumpkins is not your thing, you can have your kids paint the pumpkins instead. Fabric paint works well.

Candles
Use red, orange, and yellow candles to mimic fall colors. These look especially nice in windows and on tables. These are as easy as lighting a match. If you’re placing them on tables, use different heights of candles for variety. If you want to add an extra touch, tie a bit of decorative ribbon around the candle to match other décor.

Silk Leaves
These are easy to find at any crafts store. Use red, orange, and yellow leaves and sprinkle on tables and countertops. Fill large glass vases of varying shapes and sizes with the leaves to show them off. Combine with the candles for a serene effect. You can also use glitter spraypaint on leaves you rake up in your backyard.

Linens
Inexpensive tablecloths, potholders, towels, napkins, and other linens can be found at department and discount stores. Select complimentary colors and styles. You need not buy a large amount of them to be effective; one brightly colored table cloth or a few well-placed hand towels complimented by a few candles or pumpkins can make a great coordinated décor. Concentrate on decorating the parts of your house that your family and guests are most likely to see, such as the kitchen or living room.

Spider Mums
Spider Mums are in full bloom around Thanksgiving, and a few of them can make great centerpieces. Simply gather a few glass bowls and fill with the flower petals. The red, yellow, and orange colors will match any other Thanksgiving décor you use.

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    RTalloni 

    7 years ago from the short journey

    Nice perspective on decorating for Thanksgiving.

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