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Thanksgiving Decorations and Décor

Updated on October 17, 2011

Fall decorations and décor

Autumn is my favorite time of year. I enjoy summer and going to the beach, swimming in my pool every day, and sunbathing, but by the end of August, I’m ready for fall! Before September ends, I usually have my fall decorations up. The day after Halloween, my Thanksgiving decorations go up.

Versatile fall and Thanksgiving decorations

The great thing about fall decorations and décor is that you can keep them up so long. If you put them out at the beginning of September and leave them up until Thanksgiving, you’ve gotten almost three months of enjoyment from just one decorating session! After all, many of the decorations used for Halloween are also perfect for Thanksgiving decorations, or for fall, in general. These include pumpkins, gourds, Indian corn, chrysanthemums, and scarecrows. I use all of these. At Thanksgiving, I’ll usually add a couple of Pilgrim and Native American figurines, but other than that, my house is already decked out with Thanksgiving decorations. This gives me more time to spend cooking for the annual feast!

I love the colors of fall – red, orange, yellow, rust, gold, brown, and forest green. I also love pumpkins, and I use them all over my front porch and in my home. I also use gourds, both inside and out. I usually use a mixture of real and artificial pumpkins and gourds. The same goes for chrysanthemums in beautiful fall colors. All of these make great Thanksgiving decorations.

Scarecrows for Thanksgiving decorations and fall decorations

I also have a collection of scarecrows that I use outdoors, near my front door. They range in size from about a foot tall to almost five feet tall. I place a couple near a bale of hay, and I place another one sitting on a bench on the front porch. One medium-sized scarecrow pushes a small wheelbarrow filled with apples, gourds, small pumpkins, and fall leaves.

The grandkids love helping me decorate for fall because they know that means that Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas aren’t far away. I usually let the kids place the pumpkins and scarecrows wherever they want to, then after the grands leave to go home, I rearrange some of them. Funny, the kids never seem to notice that I’ve re-done their handiwork!

Decorating for fall and Thanksgiving helps me to enjoy the autumn holidays more. It seems like they come and go so quickly, especially as I get older. I guess the decorations are one way to “stretch out” the wonderful fall holidays for me and my family. And besides, the fall and Thanksgiving decorations are just so varied and colorful!

Where to buy fall decorations and Thanksgiving decorations

If you want to go the natural route with autumn and Thanksgiving decorations, check out your local farmers' market. You can usually find a wide assortment of pumpkinds, gourds, and winter squashes. Some farmers' markets also sell potted mums, and these make great Thanksgiving decorations. The mums can be used as outdoor Thanksgiving decorations or indoor Thanksgiving decorations. I've used them as Thanksgiving centerpieces before.

I’ve purchased fall decorations and Thanksgiving decorations from numerous sources, including department stores, dollar stores, craft stores, and online. The best ones seem to sell out quickly, however. For some great deals and a large selection, search online. To start with, check out the Thanksgiving decorations, Thanksgiving décor, and fall decorations and décor below.

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Pumpkins, scarecrows, and grandkids - oh, my!
Pumpkins, scarecrows, and grandkids - oh, my!


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      7 years ago

      I love decorating for all holidays. First I ease into it the week after Labor Day by putting an autumn themed house flag and removing all summer décor. Then the last week of sept I add some hay bales with pumpkins and some colorful faux leaves,acorns ,pine cones,etc. and a scarecrow then on October 1st I add Halloween flags,inflatable witch and other halloweenish décor. Then day after Halloween all Halloween stuff comes down but I leave the hay bales,pumpkins, Indian corn,and scarecrow and change the flags to thanksgiving theme. Inside I put fall tablecloths and cornecopia center pieces out and I'm set till Christmas!

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      9 years ago from California

      Love the fall too habee! I have never liked the hot weather much so for me, it is the beginning of cooler weather, the holidays, spice, apples, the smell in the air!

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      9 years ago

      Our spring was so lovely and cool this year, but summer hit suddenly with a vengeance. Now it has gone just as suddenly, literally overnight, and we are enjoy some fabulous fall weather. All that to say that we are definitely in the mood to decorate for fall. Thanks for some lovely ideas.

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      10 years ago

      Great Thanksgiving decorations!

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      Holle Abee 

      10 years ago from Georgia

      That sounds like fun, Nancy! I love being outdoors in the fall.

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      10 years ago from Georgia

      Great hub. I love to decorate for fall. My kids and I usually go on a nature walk and find things to decorate with. Last year my oldest girl enjoyed finding pine cones and acorns.

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      Holle Abee 

      10 years ago from Georgia

      Nah, Laurel - I was born in June. Good to see ya!

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      10 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks, Buckie! Of course, I think all of them are cuties!

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      10 years ago from Georgia

      Deb, always good to see you, my friend!

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      10 years ago from Georgia

      Katie, thanks for your kind words!

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      10 years ago from Georgia

      HH, we've already had lots of summer!

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      10 years ago from Georgia

      Awww...thanks, Bpop!

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      10 years ago from Georgia

      Hi, Wendy! Thanks for visiting!

    • habee profile imageAUTHOR

      Holle Abee 

      10 years ago from Georgia

      Oh, Chris, so do I?

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      Laurel Rogers 

      10 years ago from Grizzly Flats, Ca

      Autumn is the best! Someone once told me that the season you're born in will tend to be your favorite. 'Tis true for me-September baby-how about you?

      Excellent ideas and that photo is adorable!

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      Audrey Kirchner 

      10 years ago from Washington

      Darling pic! Oh my is right - no one should be that cute except grandkids - and I guess our kids, too. Great info but ya know - I really don't want to think about fall yet since we just finally got spring/summer! I guess I'll have to start pretty soon though!

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 

      10 years ago

      Habee, I am still enjoying this beautiful summer! But I believe in planning in advance! I am loooking forward to a Lovely THANKSGIVING! as well! Thank you for sharing these Great ideas! Cute picture! In His Love, Peace & Blessings

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      Katie McMurray 

      10 years ago from Westerville

      I love autumn too, its such a nice time, family and friends. Great pics of the grands! Thanksgiving decoractions are the hardest to find shopping, you just don't get as many to choose from as other holidays, thanks for the tips on Thanksgiving decorations and deco I love it! :)

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      Hello, hello, 

      10 years ago from London, UK

      Slow down, we haven't a summer yet. Another thing, it is very nice you put me out near your frontdoor. Not very nice at all.

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      10 years ago

      The fall is my favorite time of year. Thanks for a wonderful selection of decorating ideas. Your grandchildren are gorgeous!

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      Wendy Henderson 

      10 years ago from Cape Coral

      I love the Fall as well. Love it!

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      carolina muscle 

      10 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Autumn is one of my favorite times of year!

      Fine post, Habee !!


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