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Make Your Thanksgiving Home Décor Fun and Fanciful

Quick Tips for Making Your Home the Center of Attention this Thanksgiving


One of the most traditional family holidays, Thanksgiving is also one of the most popular when it comes to exterior and interior décor.


Originally a harvest festival, Thanksgiving was first observed in 1621. It continues to be a day for the family to get together, catch up, watch parades and football, and eat turkey and stuffing. The weeks before the holiday are spent planning the dinner and making the home warm and inviting both outside and inside.     


Wherever your home is—and whatever style it is—here are some ideas on how to make it even more festive and fun for everyone.



A Splash of Colors Makes a Festive Country Home


A quiet country home nestled in a wooded area will come to life long before the laughter and chatter of the family gathering—by adding a splash of color to the steps and the front porch.  


Pumpkin "floral" baskets for the porch. Main image for house plan # 11457         

Two wire baskets filled with pumpkins, plus flower arrangements, flanking the steps will add a splash of color to this classically simple and attractive country home. (Plan 153-1871)



Porch with brightly cushioned rocking chairs. 

Bright cushions on the chairs, flowers, and plants make the front porch a lively sight. Add to the atmosphere with this pumpkin floral arrangement for the table at the end of the porch. (Plan 153-1871



Have Fun with Thanksgiving Wreaths


You can be as artistic or as simple as you want in picking out or making your own Thanksgiving wreath. If you have a Craftsman or Arts and Crafts style home, the artsy edge may be to your liking. Others may prefer a simple wreath of dried autumn flowers for their front door.


Whatever you choose, a Thanksgiving wreath is a delightful touch to the home’s exterior.


 These wreaths turn any front door into a remarkable entry for fall and Thanksgiving.

A Thanksgiving wreath provides the finishing touch to the exterior décor of this two-story Craftsman home, which includes two sets of flowerpots with blooms in autumnal Thanksgiving colors. (Plan 153-1781)



  As dusk arrives, I love the warm glow of this home's Craftsman-style front door.   This front door is all set for Thanksgiving guests to arrive.

Add to the curb appeal of the five-bedroom Texas-style home on the left (Plan 161-1054) by hanging a Thanksgiving wreath on the beautiful wood door with glass panes and adding an arrangement of fall plants—like the door décor of the home on the right.




Be Creative with Hors d’Oeuvres and Dessert Stations


And now, for the table décor: start with hors d’oeuvres and dessert stations. You can do a quick makeover of your kitchen. Deck the top of the kitchen snack bar with gourds and pumpkins set on elevated trays. Use the trays to set plates with cheese and crackers as well.  


Wood trays are also popular—fill them with candles of varying heights, fresh fruit, small acorn squash, or dried berries.


Don’t overdo flower arrangements—choose one that makes the most impact to highlight the table.  



A Thanksgiving buffet feast at home.  White really brightens this country-style kitchen - and makes it seem much larger.    

This attractive array of desserts on the left with a flower arrangement, pumpkins, and a small gourd, will look great on top of the snack bar of the country home on the right. Change the colors of the candles, and you’ve set the tone for a really festive time. (Plan #126-1287)



Country-style kitchen with large kitchen island.  Thanksgiving feast with pumpkin theme.

Move the fruit rack on the kitchen island to the side (left, Plan #161-11036), and make room for an assortment of pumpkins and gourds topped by plates of cheese and crackers plus trays with fruits and nuts (right).



… And Now for the Thanksgiving Table


The highlight of Thanksgiving celebration is the meal—turkey, fixings, sides, pies, and all that delicious food set on the dinner table. Some people go all out with their table décor, and others keep it simple and elegant. While all the décor enhances the party atmosphere, the company and food are most important.


Take a look at what you may want to do with your dining space and table.


Formal dining room with Craftsman decor. So yummy! Love this dessert table full of delightful sweets.

Add a dessert or hors d’oeuvres table (right) at one end of the dining room of this country home (left) to set the mood for the Thanksgiving festivities.(Plan #161-11036)



Here are some table settings that can work in any home—from the casual to the simple and homey to the more formal décor.  



   From country casual to formal Colonial - Thanksgiving is a celebration of family and home.

On the left is a casual table setting with multi-colored leaf cutouts and candles on small acorn pumpkins as the centerpiece. Candles, tea lights, and white roses are the focus of the table décor on the right.  


Great ideas for Thanksgiving centerpieces on the dining table.


Pumpkins, gourds, and fall leaves give the table on the left a colorful touch. On the right is a more elaborately decorated table with contrasting hues—beige place mats, place cards in orange tones, amber candles, and a vase surrounded with dried berries.



Now that your home has the feel and smell of Thanksgiving, get into its joyful spirit, and bask in the convivial warmth of family and friends!



Footnote: The lead image in this article is from a country home, Plan #146-2810. To view, click here.



November 25, 2014

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