9 Thanksgiving decorating ideas to try this season

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Update your home for the holidays with these favorite fall accents.

Jacob Fox

Thanksgiving is a holiday where we share a table and spend time together. For many, holidays involve traveling to be close to loved ones. For others, entertaining and cooking family recipes is a tradition. Whether you’re the host or the guest, whether you’re traveling around the neighborhood or across the country, holidays are all about togetherness, and a lot of that comes from sitting around a table (or three) for a large family meal.

Whatever your holiday traditions, having a festive centerpiece, creating a beautiful table setting, or showcasing unique family traditions can make this season feel more connected. Here are some Thanksgiving decorating ideas to consider for your home during the holidays.

Fall Harvest Centerpiece

Greg Scheidemann

Greg Scheidemann

Incorporate a centerpiece that celebrates the season with produce like squash, ornamental kale, dahlias and artichoke. Use pumpkins as the base of your arrangement, then fill in the gaps with gourds and smaller flowers in muted greens and pinks. Because gourds last a long time, your centerpiece can be arranged before your gathering; just add flowers for Thanksgiving.

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Grateful Tree Accent

Marty Baudouin

Marty Baudouin

While some thanksgiving decor can be quite literal, there are options that speak to the holiday message without overdoing it. This DIY branch accent works well as a focal point on a kitchen island, mantel, or coffee table. Simply cut out leaf shapes from construction paper and have your family write down what they are grateful for this year. Tie the leaves to a small branch and place them in a vase, using rocks to weigh down the arrangement.

Magnolia Leaf Table Runner

Marty Baudouin

Marty Baudouin

A table runner is a beautiful way to decorate a Thanksgiving table and can be easily customized to suit your place settings. This table runner is especially gorgeous with magnolia leaves, billy ball stems and rich purple leaves. Place seasonal citrus fruits, such as clementines or persimmons, throughout the arrangement for a pop of contrasting color.

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Wreath of dried fruits

Jacob Fox

Jacob Fox

Wreaths are beautiful any time of the year, and when you add fall colors– like oranges, reds and yellows – they’re perfect for welcoming the Thanksgiving holiday. Consider reusing a winter wreath by adding dried orange slices. Or DIY a new wreath with just a few modifications. Pine cones, seeded eucalyptus, and berries (real or dried) make great additions. Add your wreath to your door for a warm welcome.

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Flowerbox Thanksgiving Centerpiece

Marty Baudouin

Marty Baudouin

This easy Thanksgiving centerpiece uses a window box to keep items contained and keep them from rolling around. When guests sit down to distribute food, simply lift the centerpiece and display it on a low table. Consider opting for a color that matches your dishes or other Thanksgiving decor, whether it’s a traditional palette of orange, yellow, and red or more muted seasonal shades.

DIY Thanksgiving Square Setting

Carson Downing

Carson Downing

You don’t need fancy decorations to set an exceptional Thanksgiving table. Consider making your own Thanksgiving place cards from dried leaves found in your own garden. Add names with white acrylic paint or a white paint pen for a unique and personal touch. Complete the look with dinnerware, silverware and placemats that complement the leaf colors.

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Thanksgiving fireplace decoration

Kritsada Panitchgul

Kritsada Panitchgul

Incorporate the colors of fall leaves into your Thanksgiving fireplace with pumpkins and dried berries. Checkered jute fabric wraps around glass vases using vintage sashes. Tall bittersweet branches add height and complete the fall focal point.

Felt Mom Garland

Carson Downing

Carson Downing

For a non-traditional Thanksgiving decoration, make your own bead garland. Not only can you choose the colors, but you can also hang it anywhere you need seasonal style. Here, faux mums made from felt are paired with natural wood beads. String the garland on a porchinterior staircase, or as a banner in the room where you take your festive meal.

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A recipe card or printed menu Not only adds a layer of sophistication to your Thanksgiving table, it’s also an elegant (but simple!) way to share family traditions. If you opt for a recipe card, consider photocopying or recreating a dish passed down from generation to generation. The longer you can preserve the original recipe text, including handwriting, smudges, or torn paper, the better! Or just type your menu and place it in a glass frame. Decorate the corner with a festive ribbon.

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