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We know that Thanksgiving can really sneak up on you, especially when you’re hosting.  Suddenly you find yourself a lot to do, and very limited time to prepare for your guests. If you’re doing most of the meal planning and cooking, it’s easy for the decorations to fall by the wayside. But don’t fret, we’re here for you so you can set just the right tone for a celebratory day.  

Here are a few of our easy and affordable Thanksgiving decorating hacks.

Bring the outdoors inside

The fall is one of the prettiest times of the year. If you are from the north, you are surrounded by so much beautiful foliage. There are many ways to incorporate nature into your decor! Place colorful fallen leaves in mason jars, trim a few branches off of your evergreen, and bring in the fallen acorns or pine cones.

You can incorporate these items on your living room mantel or scatter them on your dining room table. It’s a great way to get creative!

Use your food as decor

One of my favorite ways to use food as decor is by layering nuts in different-sized glass vases or candle holders, like The Food Network did in this image. It’s a simple way to bring color into your space and perfect for your coffee or side table decor. Bonus: it will keep your guests from getting hangry!

Warm up with candles

When you are expecting guests — especially when the weather starts to drop — candles can bring a lot of hygge into any room. Not only do candles contribute natural light, but they’re a great way to maintain a cozy and inviting atmosphere.

Make a message board

What better way to bring a family (or your friends) together than by giving them a visual representation? There are so many creative ways to make use of a message board. One of our favorites is taking a polaroid of each guest throughout the day and having them write what they are thankful for on the back. By the end of the night all of the polaroids will be pinned on the bulletin board, available for everyone to see as they leave!

Placement cards

A table is not complete on Thanksgiving without placement cards! The options for creativity are endless, and your guests will appreciate the personalized touch. This article in Country Living has some great ideas for DIY placement card ideas. Our favorite is the pine cone card holder, which brings us full circle to where we started — bringing the outdoors inside!


If you try one of these hacks, we’d love to see it! Snap a pic and post it here or on our Facebook page.

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