Autumn and Thanksgiving Decorations
Autumn and Thanksgiving decorations are more or less interchangeable, although anything with a turkey on it can be safely assumed to pertain only to the latter holiday. Decorations can range from the subtle to all-out, and depending on your living space, how you want to spruce things up is completely up to you. Keep your home looking cheery and bright with a range of decor suitable for the season.
Space: Consider how much space you have to work with. You don’t want to overload your shopping cart and then find you can’t fit everything in your home.
Fake or Real? If you are buying a wreath made of fresh flowers, keep in mind that you will have to buy one the following year also. If you find shopping tedious or time-consuming, maybe you want to consider fake flowers or fruit so your pieces will last you a few autumns.
Budget: Seeing so many pretty decorations can make you want to overspend–save yourself the headache by planning out your budget ahead of time.
Set Up: Make sure your outdoor decorations are in place before it gets too cold. Also, mid to late September is usually a good time to start putting things up, indoors and out.
Indoor Autumn Touches
Seasonal colors are always a good inspiration when it comes to decorating. If you’re not big on bright orange or red, try deeper shades, like burnt sienna or crimson. Other dark, rich colors are also appropriate–hunter green, royal purple, espresso brown. Glints and gleams of shiny gold add a little sparkle; just don’t overdo it. Don’t go too dark, either–you don’t want your living space to feel claustrophobic. Cream-colored accents lighten up an area, candles will add a homey touch, and mirrors can make a room seem bigger. You don’t have to switch up everything in your house to acknowledge the change of seasons; a few touches here and there will do just fine. Also, don’t forget about texture; try tassels or fringe for an interesting look that doesn’t involve a lot of fuss.
Autumn-colored throw pillows on the couch or dining room chairs make a room pop without you having to redecorate everything.
Curtain tassels add a little bit of pizazz to your decor. Fall colors will bring warmth to your home even on the cooler days.
Candle holders will add a nice touch to your Thanksgiving dining setup.
Wall mirrors work in your favor. Metals, especially gold, are a lovely accent to fall colors.
Fruit bowls can be decorative and useful. Fill the bowl with nuts and cranberries for a tasty fall snack.
Outdoor Autumn Decor
Not all autumn evenings are bone-chillingly cold; on indian summer nights, you might be outside until the wee hours. And even if you’re mostly entertaining indoors, the outside of your house should be appealing too. Many of these decorations work well indoors or out so you’ll have a consistent theme. However, make sure your outdoor versions are weather-resistant.
Pilgrims are a common symbol associated with the first Thanksgiving. Get some window decals or a flag to get in the spirit.
Sheaves of Wheat
Wheat sheaves can be a nice table centerpiece or accessory for the front of your home. Put them on the front steps, in the yard, or on the porch.
String lights make any holiday feel more festive! You don’t need to wait for Christmas to have an excuse to hang lights outside.
Scarecrows aren’t just traditional: you can count on them to help out if you have pesky crows hanging around.
Terra Cotta Pumpkins
Going with terracotta decorations are a no-mess way to have pumpkins you can reuse every year. They’ll never go bad!
Inquisitive, sociable and beautiful, turkeys are the enduring and edible mascot of Thanksgiving. For a little something extra, try adding a few turkey tail feathers to a dried flower arrangement. A framed print of a realistic turkey is beautiful year-round. If you prefer more whimy, there are plenty of stylized turkey items on the market as well. Gobble gobble!
Turkey feathers can be added to anything; wreaths, centerpieces, wall decorations, and table layouts.
Artwork is always a welcome sight in a home. A seasonal print will have people admiring it–in curiosity or hunger.
Get your guests ready for din with a turkey centerpiece. These cheap, easy-to-find accents add a little flair to the table.
Inflatable lawn turkeys work as an outdoor decoration as they tend to be rather large. Share the Thanksgiving spirit with the whole neighborhood.
Turkey Candy Bowl
Serve sweet treats in this candy bowl and bring the theme straight through to dessert.
Flowers and Fruit
Don’t forget about all the growth that’s happening around you this fall. Pine cones,acorns,pumpkins,squash,gourds and cranberries are some of the hottest trends when it comes to decorating. Maple leaves, asters, crown of rays, and red or orange roses also complement the season. You can be creative when it comes to these decorations; some people may choose to make their own crafts and combine some of these elements, while others may buy premade items. Either way, keep in mind that elegant flower arrangements or artfully assembled fruit can add some life to your fall display.
Wreaths can be absolutely beautiful for the fall, with a medley of colors that will match the changing leaves.
Roses work any time of year. Pick them up in reds, oranges, and yellows to match the theme.
A symbol of food and and abundance, cornucopias are a good luck charm; having one in the house is a promise of fortune.
Pumpkin lights and candle holders are a cute and different idea for setting a table, and a unique way of using pumpkins in your decorating.
Garlands can be used almost anywhere: along the ceiling or floor; around banisters, cut short and used to line tables and counters; or anything else you can think of.