15 Of Our Best Thanksgiving Decor Ideas For Your Home

Thanksgiving is on its way! We all love decorating our homes and getting into the holiday spirit. Thanksgiving is often tied with making a warm and cordial family home, loaded up with energetic fall hues. It looks as if you have a lot on your to-do list. Don’t worry, we’re here to make it a lot easier with some Thanksgiving decor ideas.

Thanksgiving decor ideas
Thanksgiving decor ideas

1. When Should You Put Up Your Thanksgiving Decorations?

Okay, we think this is a very opinion-based question. So the answer is …it depends! Some people, they wonder about the decoration prior to approximately 15 days. Isn’t that too early? Not really.

Because they know the great importance of thanksgiving, and they just don’t want to mess it up by arranging everything at the last minute. After that, they start putting things up for decoration before a pair of or three days of the festival.

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Thanksgiving decor ideas – Image via Camille Styles

On the other hand, we have researched that many families decorate their homes for Thanksgiving once the trees start to turn, perhaps overdue September or early October. They say: “My fall decorations are also my Thanksgiving decorations. I know I may be told I decorate too early, but it is what works for me and makes me happy.”

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Thanksgiving decor ideas – Image via Kelly in the city

Pamela B. Zohar, living in Athens, Georgia, also has his home decorated with Thanksgiving decor very early. “I like gardening, and harvest, and the whole vibe of autumn generally – so I start as soon as Sukkot* is occurring in late September or early October. I leave that decorative theme going until shortly after Thanksgiving ” said he.

*Sukkot is a traditional fall holiday of Jewish people, which occurs usually in late September/early October. The theme of Sukkot is harvest and abundance. It lasts 8 days.

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2. Traditional Thanksgiving Decor Ideas And Symbols

2.1 The Cornucopia

The Cornucopia is a horn-shaped basket, filled with the bounty of harvest: fruits, grains, vegetables. So this traditional Thanksgiving decor is a wonderful symbol of abundance.

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Thanksgiving decor ideas – Image via Pinterest

A cornucopia makes an excellent centerpiece for your dining table in addition to a focus on your mantelpiece where it can be enjoyed by one and all.

2.2 Pumpkins

Pumpkins are a traditional Thanksgiving garnish because they are harvested around this time of year. It is said that if this seasonal vegetable is not used in the holiday feast, it will all be proudly displayed as the celebration of family crops.

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Thanksgiving decor ideas – Image via Unsplash

Harvested pumpkins are beautiful and rich in color. Do you like the idea of piling them into a wicker basket or bowl? Some can be carved to put candles or other decorative items in.

2.3 The Turkey

The centerpiece of any Thanksgiving celebration is the turkey. That’s why the holiday has a rather humorous nickname “Turkey Day”. It is a fact that even vegetarians have kept the turkey as the main focus of their holiday dinner by serving a Tofurkey instead of the actual bird.

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Thanksgiving decor ideas – Image via Good Housekeeping

2.4 The Pilgrims

Nowadays, paper cutouts and statuettes of both pilgrims and Native American adorn almost every American home during the Thanksgiving celebrations. Why so? 

The first Pilgrims and Native Americans are the true reason that we celebrate Thanksgiving today. The pilgrim hat is also the most widely used symbol of the pilgrims for decorating in modern times.

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2.5 Thanksgiving Gnomes

Gnomes are supposed to be the guardians of the land. They were believed to be household spirits responsible for the care and prosperity of a farm or family. And during Thanksgiving, they’ll keep an eye out for those grabbing a second slice of pumpkin pie. How cute these gnomes are!

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Thanksgiving decor ideas – Image via Etsy

So you can put a couple of gnome decorations in your favorite home corner, ours is over the mantelpiece. How about Gnome wall art in your living room wall? It’s kinda like gnomes are cautiously guarding your house.

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3. Inspiration For Thanksgiving Home Decor

3.1 Thanksgiving Front Door

3.1.1 Thanksgiving Wreaths

Thanksgiving wreaths come in all shapes and sizes, from simple to elaborate. Given that your door is the first thing anyone sees, hanging wreaths sets the right attitude for the season of gratitude.Our recommendation is using dried flowers and leaves because you can leave them up all season long.

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Thanksgiving decor ideas – Image via Pinterest

3.1.2 Thanksgiving Door Hangers

Wreaths are great, but door hangers are even better for someone looking to switch it up a bit and who wants a DIY project. So you can unleash your creativity and create your own hangers.

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Thanksgiving decor ideas – Image via Tavico Home

3.1.4 Fall Veggies And Fruits

Pumpkins are the number one thing to decorate for fall and Thanksgiving. You can display natural or faux ones of any color that matches your decor along the entryway. Moreover, it would be an awesome concept to rock faux berries, gourds, peppers, corns, apples, pears and many other veggies and fruits creating intentional arrangements.

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Thanksgiving decor ideas – Image via Pinterest

3.2 Thanksgiving Mantelpiece

3.2.1 Thanksgiving Wall Art

Thanksgiving is the time of year when attention will be drawn to the dramatic heat source in living rooms – the fireplace. As a matter of fact, decorating your mantelpiece for Thanksgiving isn’t as hard as it sounds. A piece of thanksgiving wall art will help a lot!

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3.2.2 Thanksgiving Chalkboard Signs

Chalkboard signs always carry a sense of rustic charm somehow. You can write on the chalkboard your favorite Thanksgiving quote such as: “There is always, always, always something to be grateful for”, “Give thanks with a grateful heart”, just to name a few.

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Thanksgiving decor ideas – Image via Iron Orchid Designs

Or sometimes, family members may come up with humorous messages. You can make use of these lines to create a welcoming chalkboard. We bet guests will definitely smile at the words.

3.2.3 Thanksgiving Window Frames

Window frames are another top pick for a stunning yet rustic mantelpiece. You can let the frames sit with other decorating pieces on the mantelpiece such as wheat in a jug, bold pumpkins and fruits, etc.

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Thanksgiving decor ideas – Image via Pinterest

In case you are too shy for an old vintage window frame, a Thanksgiving faux window canvas is an alternative option we think you should consider.

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3.3 Thanksgiving Dining Table

Thanksgiving is all about sharing a festive meal with family and friends you love.It’s no wonder that the meal is the center point of the entire celebration. But there’s something else on the table that matters just as much as food: your Thanksgiving table decor.

3.3.1 Flower Centerpiece 

It is said that the food may take the day, but a gorgeous Thanksgiving table starts with flowers. So don’t overlook the floral centerpiece, which will get plenty of attention.

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Thanksgiving decor ideas – Image via Cristin Cooper

Fall brings several colors and flowers that are well recognized at this time of the year. Some flowers are traditionally found every Thanksgiving across the United States including orange roses, yellow lilies, sunflowers, and red carnations.

3.3.2 Autumnal Dinnerware

The color scheme is everything when it comes to setting up your dining decor. A Thanksgiving-themed dinnerware set or flatware in other autumnal colors will easily make your family’s Thanksgiving experience just that much more festive.

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Thanksgiving decor ideas – Image via Pottery Barn

3.3.3 Candles

Candles instantly bring an elegant touch to any room. Once you light them, you’ll enjoy a cozy glow as your family gathers around the table. While some are just for decoration, some fill the dining room with a pleasant fall aroma. 

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Thanksgiving decor ideas – Image via Better Homes & Gardens

Whether you want to use the candle as the focal point of your table, or simply blend them together along with your other table decor, they are sure to create a warm atmosphere for your Thanksgiving meal.

Let’s wrap this blog post up by answering this question: ”Do you realize what to do with Thanksgiving this year?” If you want us to recommend more Thanksgiving decor ideas, just leave a comment below. We always hunger for your curiosity! 

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