Quick-Fix, Inexpensive Thanksgiving Decorations

Want to impress your guests while you are entertaining this Thanksgiving? Are you looking for quick fix solutions to that harvest themed decorating dilemma? Are you determined your Thanksgiving decorations will be the best of the bunch? Of course! Enhance that painstakingly prepared Thanksgiving dinner with the perfect Thanksgiving decorations. Here’s how:

Creative Thanksgiving Dinner Table Centerpieces

Dare to be different this Thanksgiving with a handcrafted centerpiece that will set your dinner table apart from the crowd. The following ideas will help kick start your creativity:

  • Pillar candles: For instant effect, arrange a cluster of pillar candles in graduated heights on a bed of silk fall foliage leaves. Choose a single warm color for the candles and make sure that the shade of the candles complements your table setting.
  • Painted Fall-colored Gourds: Hand-painted gourds, each in a different fall shade, stacked in an earthenware bowl make stunning Thanksgiving centerpieces.
  • Raffia fall wreath centerpiece: Decorate a simple raffia wreath centerpiece with berry colored candles. Add a velvet bow in a rich fall shade.
  • Pumpkin pride of place: Ring the changes by draping a traditional pumpkin centerpiece with a trailing vine or Virginia creeper in glorious fall colors. Place the pumpkin on a plate in complementing autumnal colors.
  • Bowl of berries: Arrange clusters of different colored berries in a low-sided, preferably leaf-shaped bowl for a quick and simple Thanksgiving centerpiece.
  • Central runner: For a simple yet sophisticated look, lay a plain center table runner in fall colors, say golden, burnt orange, ruby red or russet. Strew with pine cones or dot with several small sprigs of everlastings such as dried herbs or fall flowers.
  • Contemporary Touch: Opt for miniature sage green or white pumpkins arranged on a plain monochrome platter for a funky, minimalist effect.
  • Potpourri: Potpourris make perfect Thanksgiving centerpieces. Mingle the spicy aromas of cinnamon and other sweet spices with pungent dried herbs such as sage or thyme.

Handmade Placeholder Thanksgiving Decorations

Create inexpensive, individual Thanksgiving placeholders for place settings using colored pieces of cardstock (or other stiff paper) cut in the shape of leaves. You will also need a glue gun, seasonal foliage and berries to decorate. Get the kids involved. Let their imagination run wild with all the glorious hues and natural textures of the fall. Help them cut out the individual cards in the shape of leaves and then leave them to it! Each place setting is guaranteed to have that individual touch that will make your guests feel special.

Create a Classy Thanksgiving Wreath

You can easily make Thanksgiving wreaths at home. The key to creating classy fall wreaths is to keep it simple, yet sophisticated. Most of the mass-produced fall wreaths that proliferate in stores at this time of year tend to be overpriced, lack inspiration, and, let’s face it, often, downright tacky!

If time is an issue, you could compromise by buying a plain vine or raffia wreath and then decorating it yourself. Add that personal touch with leaves, berries, pinecones, seasonal fruit, or even small vegetables from your own back yard.

Alternatively, you could decorate the base wreath with dried flowers, spices, herbs and sweet fragranced everlastings. Avoid fussy finishing touches at all costs. Remember, less is more when making an eye-catching fall wreath for your front door or Thanksgiving dinner table centerpiece.

Tips for Thanksgiving Candles

Carefully placed candles will add instant ambience to your Happy Thanksgiving dinner party. Switch off the main lights for the evening and, instead, rely on the warm glow of candles. Position the candles in alcoves, on side-tables, or as traditional Thanksgiving centerpieces on your dinner table. Incorporating a few scented candles, in harvest themed scents, will further help set the mood.

Trendy Thanksgiving candles this season come in a kaleidoscope of fall inspired colors and sensuous earthy scents, such as sandalwood or pumpkin spice. To add impact to the Thanksgiving theme, make a candleholder out of fresh apples or other suitable seasonal fruit and vegetables like miniature pumpkins!

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