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5 decor ideas for a beautiful Thanksgiving party

Get inspired to do something different with your decor this holiday with these easy ideas.

1. Use blankets and faux-sheepskin throws. Not everyone has the luxury of spending Thanksgiving dinner at a beautiful barn, but if it’s a nice day, try hosting your party outdoors. It’s easy to re-create this cozy, rustic look — simply throw blankets in autumnal colours over dining chairs and stack extra blankets in a wooden crate nearby. Tip: Not enough chairs for your guests? Use a long bench or crates as seating and cover them with faux-sheepskin for added comfort.


Photo, Sian Richards.

2. Use chargers instead of placemats. A great alternative to placemats, the large plates look great layered with additional tableware and are easy to clean once the night’s over. Tip: Your tableware doesn’t have to match. Try mixing up the colours and textures of your plates, chargers and napkins.


The charger sits at the bottom of stacked plates. (Photo, Sian Richards.)

3. Decorate with gourds and pumpkins. Have some fun with traditional fall decor. We love the idea of dip-dying pumpkins, gourds and other festive fruit in gold. Check out our easy DIY.

Photo, Roberto Caruso

We love the look of non-traditional centrepieces. (Photo, Roberto Caruso.)

4. Handwrite place cards. Make your table warm and inviting with place cards. Attach them to the stem of your DIY gold-dipped gourds or simply write names on pretty craft paper and place them on top of your guest’s napkin.

Roberto Caruso and Angus Fergusson

A simple place card will instantly make your table feel warm and inviting. (Photo, Roberto Caruso and Angus Fergusson.)

5. String up small lights. Fairy lights are a fantastic decor item because they’re an inexpensive way to instantly transform both indoor and outdoor spaces.


Not just Christmas decor! Fairy lights can be strung anywhere, during any season. (Photo, Sian Richards.)

Feeling inspired to re-create the looks above? We’ve selected the following items to help you get started.

A colourful (and easy!) Thanksgiving centrepiece idea
4 simple ways to set the table
Six ways to decorate with pumpkins and squash