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Creative Thanksgiving Decorations

Updated on September 24, 2014
Give Thanks with Style and Ambiance.
Give Thanks with Style and Ambiance.

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Consider more than just the recipes and dishes you will serve when planning for your Thanksgiving Day Celebration. Ever concentrate on the menu and cooking so much that you leave setting the table and decorating to the last minute?

Brighten up your entire home, inside and out, for the big Thanksgiving Day gathering. Find some unique but simple ideas here for decorations or gifts to brighten the home for the season.

Some of these Thanksgiving decorations for the home are stylish and creative with ambiance that would get Martha Stewart approval. Others are whimsical and funny, and even some outdoor Thanksgiving inflatables to jazz up your turkey day.

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Create your own Thanksgiving decorations Martha Stewart might envy.

While my friends are busy collecting recipes for Thanksgiving Day, I am busy collecting something very different for the festivities ==> home decorating ideas!

I've made a few turkey dinners over the years, but am really much better at setting up the party atmosphere and ambiance. I love planning parties but my mantra is ... you cook, I'll decorate.

Warm and whimsical surroundings really do add a lot to the celebration and make it memorable. So if you are planning to host a Thanksgiving meal, cook up some fun decorating tidbits here. You'll find some unique ideas to spruce up your home for the big Turkey Day.

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Thanksgiving decorations Martha Stewart would adore, make your mantle elegant.

Garland and Mini Pumpkin Mantle Arrangement

5-9 mini pumpkins or gourds

1 or 2 artificial fall leaf garlands

pillar or taper candles and candlesticks

Purchase a silk leaf garland in your choice of gold, green, red, brown, and even deep purple (link below). Lay the garland on the mantle. Use two garlands if desired, for added color or for additional length.

Next, line up the mini-pumpkins or gourds, evenly spaced all along the mantle. If you're not fond of the traditional orange pumpkins, try replacing them with little white ones or use green and yellow gourds instead.

Be sure to place circles of plastic under any items that may decay, such as pumpkins or fruit. Decorate the center or ends of the mantle with several pillar or taper candles in seasonal colors.

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A simple pumpkin idea to spruce up your turkey day party!

Got steps out front? How about sitting a miniature pumpkin on each one? Simple yet WILL get noticed.

No steps? Maybe put one pumpkin atop each fence post. Miniature pumpkins making quick and easy decorations.

Or...put a collection of different sized pumpkins all together on the front porch along with a few pots of colorful mums and maybe some gourds for an attractive fall display.

A hay bale or two would work great to set them on if you have space. The more the merrier, get sizes to fit your space.

Decorating with Fall Leaves

120 Artificial Fall Maple Leaves in a Mixture of Autumn Colors - Great Autumn Table Scatters for Fall Weddings & Autumn Parties
120 Artificial Fall Maple Leaves in a Mixture of Autumn Colors - Great Autumn Table Scatters for Fall Weddings & Autumn Parties

Use these as decorations, as a food safe parchment under cheese, desserts, bread, as a coaster. Use them as a place card or just scattered on the table. These colorful decorative leaves add a beautiful touch of elegance, color and whimsy.

If you have clear glass plates, put one underneath each plate at the table for a colorful fall look. You might even write a quote or a 'fortune' on each one.


Give Thanks Lighted Decoration

16" Lighted "Give Thanks" Pumpkin Thanksgiving Window Silhouette Decoration
16" Lighted "Give Thanks" Pumpkin Thanksgiving Window Silhouette Decoration

Here's a subtle yet very classy way to light up your home for Thanksgiving with ambiance.


Lighted Electric Window Decorations for Thanksgiving!

GIANT Inflatable Turkey Thanksgiving Decorations

Funny Stuff!

Hey, when you get the entire clan together, not a bad idea to add HUMOR.

See some fun ideas below sure to bring smiles.

Always add a dash of laughter. It keeps the tribe calm.

Bring Giggles with a Funny Turkey Hat

I know someone who bought several of these turkey hats and gets them out every year at Thanksgiving.

Amazon has a wide variety of funny hats in stock.

What if everyone in your clan wears a silly turkey hat while they give thanks on Turkey Day?

Celebrate laughter!

Bring BIG Smiles to your Turkey Table

Decorate for Turkey Day with a Turkey Mingo!

TurkeyMingo is a pink turkey flamingo.

Let this crazy bird greet guests with turkey day giggles.

A turkeymingo pilgrim yard art delight for Thanksgiving.

Clever Variations for Traditional Turkey on Thanksgiving - OK these turkeys are food, but my what creative food!

Creative turkey alternative!
Creative turkey alternative!
Another creative turkey alternative.
Another creative turkey alternative.

Remember the Candles!

Candles are festive and add ambiance to the party.

Just be safe and place them out of people traffic.

Candle Grouping Ambiance - Candles add sparkle to your Thanksgiving feast..

1 X Hanna's 3x6 Pillar Candle (White Unscented) - 3x6-Unscented
1 X Hanna's 3x6 Pillar Candle (White Unscented) - 3x6-Unscented

A group of candles of different heights delivers a creative luminaria design that's not only beautiful but calming. ...and if you are hosting your entire clan, then calming ambiance can't hurt, right?

Candle light always delivers a festive atmosphere (and low light makes dust invisible).

Candles are not just for birthdays, ya know. Think ahead with candles ready to light just before guests arrive. You'll be glad you did.


Pumpkin Pie Scented Candle

This candle smells like pumpkin pie! YUM!

So if you don't have time to bake your own pies, but want that delicious smell in your home as guests arrive, this candle is the easy peasy solution.

Just grab some pies from the local bakery and then light one of these pumpkin pie scented candles. ...and don't forget the whipped cream!

Please sign in, ya turkey. Yes, you! - So what's your favorite of these Thanksgiving decorations home...will you be hangin' with your homies on Turkey Day?

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      LoKackl 5 years ago

      Adorable ideas and beautiful Thanksgiving decorations!

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      WindyWintersHubs 6 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      I could use these fall decorating ideas for brightening up our home. My favorite holiday of the year is Thanksgiving (Canada) and I love cooking the turkey dinner. Cooking ain't my thing but I do enjoy preparing a turkey dinner for any holiday. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

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      Heather B 6 years ago

      I love the salt and pepper shaker! Very cute!

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      KimGiancaterino 6 years ago

      Oh, I must get one of those turkey hats! Fun ideas ... I too am much happier decorating than cooking. I like the pumpkins on each stair step. Very festive. Happy Halloween. Gobble gobble!

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      nbrandt123 6 years ago

      Yes me! Can't wait for the thanksgiving day to come. So excited! awesome lens!

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      Seeking Pearls 8 years ago from Pueblo West

      I too am a rather not cook lady-it has gotten worse since joining Squidoo.:)This is a nicely done lens. Love the wreaths and flags.

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      Wednesday-Elf 8 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      I'm a "I'd rather not cook" person too. Great group of Thanksgiving decorations. This lens fits right in with my Thanksgiving Themes lens for RocketMoms. Lensrolling.....

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      jgelien 8 years ago

      I love your decorating ideas. The hats are hilarious.The pumpkins down the steps is simple but effective and very pretty. I do that with poinsettias on my indoor stairway at Christmas.

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      Mary 8 years ago from Chicago area

      Heh-heh, I am a turkey at times ;) I think the T-giving flags are adorable. Nice lens!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Great idea for Thanksgiving! Have lensrolled to my Thanksgiving lenses.

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 8 years ago from Northern California

      Lots of fun ideas. I almost did a Thanksgiving Decorations lens, but glad I didn't. You've done a much better job than I would have.