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Thanksgiving Decorations - Ways to Make a Special Holiday

Updated on December 29, 2015

Thanksgiving Decorations

Thanksgiving decorations are the best of the year in my opinion. They aren't as complicated as Christmas, not that Christmas isn't beautiful, but Thanksgiving lets you use so much of nature's beauty. There are wonderful selections of Thanksgiving flowers, plus you have the beautiful color of the fall leaves. You can make beautiful cornucopias, use colorful apples, gourds and pumpkins for centerpieces. Plus there is a wide selection of choices for a nice autumn wreath for the front door.

Creative table settings mixing and matching beautiful colors of napkins, table cloths, charger plates, place mats and the list can go on and on. You can certainly purchase all of these things ready to go, but it is quite simple to make simple elegant center pieces as well. You can often find those things you need right in your yard to make centerpieces and to decorate your home.

Beautifully Color Coordinated Thanksgiving Table


Cornecopia for Autumn


Pumpkin Centerpiece


Gourd Vase


Frugal Decorating

We see these beautiful Thanksgiving tables in the magazines and on TV and wonder how we can afford to achieve that same look on a budget. First, you can look for tablecloths and napkins at the dollar store, discount stores, Hobby Lobby or Big Lots, as linens are expensive at the high end stores. You can even browse the Goodwill or Salvation Army stores and sometimes find a good deal. It is possible to make your own if you are good at sewing.

The decorations and the food are going to be much more noticeable than the linens anyway. Pretty center pieces can be fall flowers you've grown in your yard and you get to enjoy their fragrance. Small pumpkins, gourds and fall vegetables are very reasonable and can be arranged in an attractive way. Simple candle sticks always add an elegance to the table and you can add some colorful leaves and gourds near by as you will need most of the room on the table for the food.

The Butternut Squash arrangement is simple to make. Make sure you chose one that will stand up on its own; cut off the top then scrap out the inside being careful not to get too close to the outer skin. Use a small piece of floral foam to hold a few flowers steady for a simple but beautiful centerpiece.

Throwing a Thanksgiving Party : How to Decorate a Thanksgiving Coffee Table

Thanksgiving Centerpiece

Setting the Table

It is really nice to let your children get involved in setting the table. Sometimes you may have napkin rings and you place the napkin by the plate with a colored leaf, small pine cones or acorns. They can place name tags at each setting. You can adorn the back of the chairs with bows for a special look. Children are always excited at holidays and you create special memories by letting them be a part of the preparations.

Remember the Thanksgiving decorations are the best of the year!


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    Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

    Support Med, thanks so much for your comment.

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    Support Med. 7 years ago from Michigan

    Beautiful decorations. Obviously you like decorating a table for family. Voted/rated.

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    Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

    easylearningweb. Thank you so much for your comment.

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    Amelia Griggs 7 years ago

    Beautiful, and the butternut squash idea is quite practical!


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    Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

    Pakpub, Thank you so much for your comments.

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    pakpub 7 years ago from Ohio

    Your Thanksgiving decorations are just beautiful. They make a perfect atmosphere for the holiday.

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    Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

    Miata, It seems fall is coming up so fast now. Thanks for your comment.

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    prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

    They are beautiful, and your hub is in season now, Welcome to fall, Maita

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    Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

    rose, I'm glad you found the hub useful and thank you for the comment.

    LeanMan, I appreciate your comments.

    creativelycc, I'm glad to hear that. Thanks for your comments.

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    Carrie L. Cronkite 7 years ago from Maine

    You have inspired me to decorate more for thanksgiving! Very beautiful ideas!

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    Tony 7 years ago from At the Gemba

    Loved all of your pictures, great hub.

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    rose56 7 years ago

    Awesome thank you for this great hub. I can really use it for the holidays.

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    Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

    Quill, I am glad you had that experience because Thanksgiving is really a wonderful family time. Thanks for your comment.

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    "Quill" 7 years ago

    Years ago I had the opportunity to celebrate Thanksgiving in the US while in SC... unforgettable as I recall the love and the friendship extended to Canadian.

    What I recall the most was the importance of family gathering and the sharing of the blessings of the season, the decorations and the love centered around this holiday.

    Well dome Pam and well done USA.

    Blessings as always

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    Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

    Hello, I like decorations to be simple too. Thanks for your comments.

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    Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

    I certainly enjoyed it. There were very decorative ideas and they are so simple to make. Thank you.

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    Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

    Saddlerider, You listed all the things I like. Thanks so much for your comment.

    Audry, I thought that was cute also. Thanks for your comments.

    Diamond, Thanks so much for your comment.

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    Bob Diamond RPh 7 years ago from Charlotte, NC USA

    One word. "Beautiful," Pamela.

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    Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Washington

    Great pics indeed and video. I kinda like that butternut squash vase - how clever!!

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    saddlerider1 7 years ago

    Beautiful pictures, videos and magical hub. I loved it all, Thanksgiving is a favorite of mine. Love all the beautiful rustic colors, leaves, nuts, candles, turkey and all the trimmings.

    We are now experiencing Fall weather and our leaves are falling all around our properties, What a delightful time we have so much to be thankful for even in these very trying times. Peace and hugs to you Pam, thanks for this great share.

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    Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

    Prasetio, Thanksgiving is always fun because usually all my family gets here so any time I spend with my sons is a good time. Thanks for your comment.

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    prasetio30 7 years ago from malang-indonesia

    Great hub, Pamela. Although I am not living in USA, but I really interest with kind of celebration in USA, like Thanksgiving. You have good information about thanksgiving decorations. I hope the celebration will be more interesting. Thank you very much. Vote up as usual.


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    Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

    Patriot, I am glad you enjoy the holidays and I feel the same way, particularly if my husband fries his famous turkey for Thanksgiving.

    Shilo Eagle, It is a wonderful time. Thanks for your comment.

    BPOP, I'm glad you enjoyed this hub and I know you've mentioned dining by candlelight every night. Thanks for your comments.

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    breakfastpop 7 years ago

    I love this hub. Setting a beautiful table is very important to me so thanks for some wonderful ideas.

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    Shilo Eagle 7 years ago from United States

    Fall is coming and my favorite time of the year...I love Thanksgiving and getting together with my family. Great Ideas. Thumbs up for me.!

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    PARTISAN PATRIOT 7 years ago


    Finally a non-political hub I feel excited to opine on (sorry I know never end a sentence with a preposition)! Anyway, the aire of exhuberance I feel during the Holiday season in general is something I wish I could hang onto throughout the year!

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    Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

    Money Glitch, Thanks for your comments.

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    Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

    Great idea Pamela, Thanksgiving is just around the corner and will be here before we know it. Thumbs up! :)

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    Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

    RTalloni, It is certainly getting close. Thanks for your comments.

    Minnetonka Twin, I'm glad you enjoyed the hub and I appreciate the comments.

    Tom, I thought it was beautiful also and I have never had it look quite that nice but I guess that can be my goal. Thanks for the comments.

    Ladybird, I am glad you found some new ideas Thanks for your comments.

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    Ladybird33 7 years ago from Fabulous USA

    Wow, I am in the process of decoating my house for fall and it does not look like this but the ideas you have given me! Thanks for sharing, this is awesome!

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    Tom Whitworth 7 years ago from Moundsville, WV


    The Thankgiving table presentation at the top of the page is the most beautiful I've ever seen!!!!!!!

    Great Hub!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Linda Rogers 7 years ago from Minnesota

    Thanks for a very fun and informative hub. I really enjoyed the video! I really liked the leaves on the thanksgiving day plate. UP and Awesome

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    RTalloni 7 years ago from the short journey

    Very nice...beautiful ideas. 'Tis the season to prepare for the season! Thanks for good ideas.