In the same way that many Americans faithfully recreate the same Thanksgiving menu every year in the name of tradition, there's no imperative to chase trends or reinvent the wheel every time when it comes to Thanksgiving home décor. But even the most die-hard traditionalists like to riff on the classics from year to year. Just as there are endless ways to stuff a turkey or reinvent a sweet potato side dish, there are infinite ways to riff on fall color palettes and emblematic Thanksgiving decorations to adapt them to your taste and the style of your home.
Whether you're looking for something low key or wanting to go all out, check out these creative, stylish ideas for both traditional and modern Thanksgiving front door decorations, wall decorations, living room decorations, guest room decorations, table décor, and more. Remember that Thanksgiving décor is all about celebrating the beauty and bounty of the fall season, and many holiday-appropriate decorations can take you all the way from Halloween through Turkey Day and the end of autumn.
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Warm Amber Glass
Lucy Akins at Craftberry Bush dressed a fireplace mantel with a collection of warm autumnal amber glass in the form of a bulbous vase and votive candles to create a warm understated Thanksgiving feel. If you don't have a fireplace, recreate the look on a coffee table, floating shelf, or guest bathroom counter for a festive autumnal glow. This look works best with a mix of shapes and sizes, and don't hesitate to pair vintage and contemporary glass.
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Cheetah Is the New Black embraced the power of dark florals to create a sophisticated Thanksgiving table. A white tablecloth, black plates, a mix of white and black candles in brass candlesticks, and an artful floral centerpiece with hints of pink and purple creates a moody, gorgeous, decidedly grown up holiday table perfect for Friendsgiving.
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Cassandra LaValle of Coco Kelley used the memory of dining in a Parisian bistro to create a French-inspired take on the Thanksgiving table with a sepia-tinted palette of on-trend browns and creams. To create this gorgeous table, she used a linen tablecloth and napkins, fluted glass vases, tarnished vintage silverware, and a generous arrangement of flowers and wild grasses.
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Work That Thanksgiving Vibe
Thanksgiving décor need not be limited to the dining room or front porch, as demonstrated by this glamorously festive home office from Joan Berman of 2 Ladies & A Chair, decked out with a pumpkin perched on the rug (real or velvet renditions would work equally well here) and ceramic and metallic pumpkin accessories perched on the desk. It's a seasonal nod to fall and Thanksgiving that can keep the festive vibes rolling until Christmas.Continue to 5 of 55 below.
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Decorating the front door is a nice way to spread holiday cheer to passersby and give your home some extra curb appeal. But if your back door is your main door, adding a simple wreath and a jumble of pumpkins on the steps will remind you and your family that it's a special time of year, like this back door display from Emily Henderson Design.
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Leslie from My 100 Year Old Home used shades of cream and copper and a faux pumpkin vase filled with color coordinated flowers to create a festive centerpiece. A simple gray table runner adds contrast.
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For an effortless take on Thanksgiving décor, take a cue from Emily Henderson Design and prepare your living room for gathering family and friends with low key touches like a vase of bright leaves or berries and a holiday wreath placed nonchalantly on a side wall. Layer in extra pillows, blankets, and throws that will make your home feel extra cozy. Mix neutrals with rich fall colors such as rust, forest green, mustard, burgundy, and plum. Add candles, light the fire, and you've already set the mood.
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Copper Accents and Dried Flowers
Lucy Akins at Craftberry Bush created a gleaming Thanksgiving table setting with copper accents and dried flowers. Brass candlesticks and an effortless table runner made with eucalyptus leaves and fresh pears creates a festive ambiance that sets an inviting and beautiful stage for a memorable meal with family and friends.Continue to 9 of 55 below.
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Thanksgiving gets a chic monochromatic makeover with this neutral table setting from Amanda Saiontz Gluck of Fashionable Hostess. A mix of real and faux white pumpkins, white and gray dishes and glassware, and white linens is sophisticated and festive. Fresh eucalyptus branches strewn down the middle of the table prevents the white-and-gray palette from feeling cold.
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Organic Modern Farmhouse
For Thanksgiving, Cassandra LaValle of Coco Kelley dressed her farmhouse table with elevated terracotta planters filled with dried flowers, with plenty of room to add seasonal holiday products like mini corn and pomegranates to create a "modern cornucopia." Cork coasters, mismatched silver flatware and simple linens add to the "slightly Swedish farmhouse vibe," she says. "This table is proof that things don't have to be expensive or fussy to be beautiful, and that feels like a true expression of what this holiday is all about."
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Decorate Unexpected Corners
Decorating unexpected corners of the house keeps your holiday décor feeling fresh and relaxed. In this room from Emily Henderson Design, an upright piano becomes an unexpected shrine to the Thanksgiving holiday with a vase of greenery, decorative pumpkins in natural materials, and a vintage mirror to complete the vignette.
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Pampas Grass Centerpiece
A dramatic centerpiece made from a generous bunch of pampas grass was the start of this golden Thanksgiving table design from Ashley at Modern Glam. She completed the look by adding her mother's vintage glasses, plates with a turkey design, glittering golden pears, and votive candles.
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Rustic Dessert Bar
An adorable nature-inspired dessert bar from Eden at Sugar and Charm includes rustic wooden DIY cake stands and a dessert menu tied to a tree branch with twine and hung on the wall. If you don't have the time or desire to make your own cake stands, channel a natural aesthetic by using baskets, bowls and platters made from wood or rattan.
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Guest Room Refresh
Spruce up your guest room to make it even more festive for visiting friends and family. As this cozy room from Emily Henderson Design demonstrates, giving your guest room a little Thanksgiving flair can be as easy as layering some bed linens in jewel colors, festive plaids, and rich fabrics such as velvet and wool. Small touches like hanging a fall wreath above the bed and a scented pumpkin candle on the bedside table will make your guests feel pampered and at home.
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Punched Tin Votive Candles
Simple, effective holiday messaging and the warm glow of candlelight makes a striking minimalist centerpiece of punched tin votive candles from A Beautiful Mess.Continue to 17 of 55 below.
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Keep It Light
If your home has a light and airy neutral aesthetic, or you live in a warm climate where fall doesn't look like a New England postcard, adapt your holiday décor to your existing style. In this light-flooded contemporary living room from Emily Henderson Design, organic touches like a carved wood vase filled with leafy branches, and a pair of pale corn husk rope pumpkins adds a bit of seasonal cheer that blends seamlessly with the room's aesthetic.
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There's no need to stick to a traditional fall palette to create a celebratory Thanksgiving mood. These technicolor paper pumpkin and leaf decorations from The House That Lars Built would be perfect for a Friendsgiving or anyone who wants to create a fun, lighthearted festive mood.
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A casual wheat stalk wreath, a pair of candlesticks, and decorative white pumpkin storage jars give a country casual vibe to this vintage dish cabinet in a room by Emily Henderson Design.
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The Thanksgiving table from Cassandra LaValle of Coco Kelley really comes alive when the candles are lit. She used inexpensive brown fluted vases in varying heights as votives to create a warm diffused light that looks sophisticated and warm in daylight or after dark and testifies to the importance of good lighting when setting a mood.Continue to 21 of 55 below.
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Preserved Flower Turkey Gourds
Charming DIY preserved flower turkey gourds from The House That Lars Built are eco-friendly, will last throughout the season, and can be reused from year to year.
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Thanksgiving is about togetherness, but be sure to give yourself and your loved ones and guests a place to recharge. This neutral-toned reading corner from Emily Henderson Design looks autumnal with the simple addition of a round knit pillow in pumpkin orange and a darker orange throw. Swapping out accessories as the seasons change is an easy way to refresh your décor without making major changes.
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Leslie from My 100 Year Old Home brought the outdoors in with a pair of leafy fall wreaths hung in the windows, and a leafy centerpiece to match.
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Thanksgiving décor doesn't have to be a giant statement. In this thoughtfully styled bookshelf from Emily Henderson Design, a small holiday candle in a glass pumpkin container with a removable top is a subtle nod to the holiday, and won't look out of place once Christmas and New Years roll around.Continue to 25 of 55 below.
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Mini Pumpkins Under a Glass Cloche
This colorful mantel display from Lucy Akins at Craftberry Bush is as easy as some mini pumpkins piled into glass cloches alongside pussy willow branches in a clear vase, perched on and around stacks of white paperbacks. It's a fun, achievable way to add traditional Thanksgiving cheer to even the most contemporary of spaces.
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Vintage Napkin Rings
Dressing the mismatched plate settings with neutral linen napkins decorated with a mishmash of vintage and antique silver napkin holders like Leslie from My 100 Year Old Home makes each place setting feel unique while creating a cohesive look for your holiday table. Collecting something small like antique silver napkin holders can help you build a holiday stash that can be used for every occasion and passed along to the next generation.
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Swapping baby pumpkins for bright, fresh mandarins gives this cheerful DIY indoor wreath from A Beautiful Mess a festive look that works throughout the holiday season.
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The Front Porch
For this country style front porch Thanksgiving table setting, Leslie from 100 Year Old Home kept it light and casual with a bare table, simple flowers, a seasonal wreath, clear glassware, and mismatched china.Continue to 29 of 55 below.
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Fall Floral Garland
A DIY fall floral garland like this one from A Beautiful Mess can be adapted using your favorite flowers, and creates a happy, boho vibe that will make your guests feel relaxed and welcome.
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DIY Place Tags
Simple DIY placeholders made with personalized chalkboard name tags from Leslie at My 100 Year Old Home can be used from year to year. Change it up with decorative rosemary or thyme sprigs, eucalyptus leaves, or anything else you have on hand or growing outside.
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Cozy Up the Back Porch
Weather permitting, there's never been a better time to host your Thanksgiving dinner outdoors. To create a festive atmosphere, dress a simple table in the backyard or on a back porch with a table runner, add pillows and throws in festive fall colors for extra comfort, and string up plenty of outdoor LED lights that will encourage people to linger.
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Light and Airy Dessert Bar
Amanda Saiontz Gluck of Fashionable Hostess created a light and airy dessert bar with simple everyday cake stands and decorative elements in natural materials that blends in seamlessly with the atmosphere both indoors and out.Continue to 33 of 55 below.
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From Thistlewood Farms, an antique hutch filled with simple white dishware is the perfect blank canvas for a cluster of pumpkins perched on shelves, cake stands, and under cloches that works as well for Halloween as it does for Thanksgiving.
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Birch Brand Placecard Holders
Annie Diamond of Most Lovely Things painted sweet DIY watercolor Thanksgiving placecards held up by placecard holders made from a fallen birch branch.
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If there are children at your Thanksgiving table, be sure to include kids size silverware and dishware like this cute turkey place setting from Danielle and Michael of Clark + Aldine. "I want to make sure to keep the table aesthetically
pleasing for everyone but additional fun for the kids," Danielle writes on her website. "Be open to letting your kids explore the table. A hands-on table allows for some interesting conversations and even longer time at the table."Continue to 37 of 55 below.
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Graphic Black and White
To create a holiday table that fits in with the style and color palette of her open-plan dining room, Annie Diamond of Most Lovely Things used a graphic striped black and white table runner and added pops of color to create an effortlessly chic and festive mood.
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Faux Flowers and Real Silver
This refined harvest-style Thanksgiving table from Fashionable Hostess mixes Christofle silver candlesticks and flatware, a lush centerpiece made with faux green ivy garlands and plum-toned faux florals, and glass pumpkins.
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Casa Watkins Living created a maximalist tablescape by mixing colorful glasses and plates from her collection of dinner sets and glassware. Maroon candles in assorted candlesticks of varying heights, some scattered buds in single glass vases, and a mix of live and dried flowers bring the Thanksgiving vibes.
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Seasonal Pillow Covers
For a minimalist take on holiday décor, Danielle and Michael of Clark + Aldine like to set the mood with pillows that broadcast a seasonal vibe. "I am big on buying pillow covers," Danielle writes on their website. "This way I can reuse my pillow inserts from season to season, which is a major cost saving over time. And it saves a ton of storage space too."Continue to 41 of 55 below.
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The same playful holiday accessories that work for the kids also add a bit of seasonal cheer to this minimalist fireplace mantel from Emily Henderson Design. With its vintage broomstick, pumpkins, wreath, and turkeys, it's a holiday mashup that works from fall through Christmas.
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Terracotta dishware works for any occasion, but used on a Thanksgiving table as it is here by Cassandra LaValle of Coco Kelley it lends an earthy organic feel and a subtle take on traditional orange that looks modern and effortless.
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Mix and Match
If you tend to host big holiday dinners for friends and family, you might find yourself needing to dip into more than one set of dishware. Make it seem intentional by mixing and matching sets of vintage china like Leslie from My 100 Year Old Home.
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Al Fresco Table Setting
If you're celebrating Thanksgiving in a mild climate, take the party outdoors. This sophisticated fall harvest table is decorated with architectural flower arrangements in earthy fall colors that bring an indoor elegance to the outdoors with simple tableware and glasses that keep the focus on the wine and food.Continue to 45 of 55 below.
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The same hutch from Thistlewood Farms becomes an ode to the fall harvest with corn husks and wheat stalks.
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If you don't have time to make a wreath or a centerpiece, decorate your place settings with a bright and festive mandarin. This eco-friendly edible extra adds color and instant cheer to simple place setting, and can be eaten after the meal is over and you're still sitting around the table.
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Pumpkin Soup Bowls
A light, fresh, and sophisticated table setting from Fashionable Hostess has the perfect amount of holiday kitsch with pistachio green pumpkin soup bowls at every place setting.
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Seasonal Book Display
Nobody loves a holiday more than kids. Get them in the spirit of the season by displaying their favorite holiday and seasonal books on floating shelves, and add a simple felt ball garland in Thanksgiving colors to remind them it's a special time of year.Continue to 49 of 55 below.
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DIY Napkin Rings
Leslie from My 100 Year Old Home made DIY Thanksgiving napkin rings using twine and fresh cranberries. The simple, festive design would work just as well at Christmas.
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Front Door Floral Wreath
This bold autumnal DIY floral front door wreath from A Beautiful Mess would work just as well hung in a window inside or as a centerpiece on a round table filled with pillar candles.
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Small Space Thanksgiving Shrine
If you live in a small space, you can still create a modern minimalist shrine to the holiday of gratitude by decorating a floating shelf with an assortment of mini pumpkins. Add votive candles to amp up the hygge vibes. If you aren't hosting Thanksgiving, think about hanging a wreath or a seasonal garland in an unexpected place—the back of a door, an empty spot in a hallway, from a hanging light fixture or chandelier—to remind you to celebrate the joys of the season.
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In the run-up to Thanksgiving, decorate a sideboard with cake stands and plates in varying heights and styles with a variety of pumpkins. You can swap in real desserts and any extra pies brought by guests when the day arrives. And once Thanksgiving is over, you can repurpose the same arrangement of cake stands, platters and vessels to showcase the impending joys of Christmas.Continue to 53 of 55 below.
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This low slung bookshelf from Emily Henderson Design is a place for kids to store books and toys. Make it fun for Thanksgiving with holiday touches like decorative stuffed pumpkins, a turkey figurine, and a felt leaf wreath in fall colors that works all season long.
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Shocking Red Berries
Sometimes all you need to create a festive holiday atmosphere is a tall vase full of towering branches, like the centerpiece of vibrant energizing red berries that is the star of this Thanksgiving table. Add in some crystal glassware, autumnal table linens, leaves, pumpkins, and kumquats scattered on the white tablecloth to create a casually inviting holiday table.
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In turbulent times there is a certain comfort and beauty in keeping it classic and focusing on the timelessness of the holiday and the good fortune of having enough. A linen tablecloth, crystal glassware, and an antique candle holder filled with with tapered candles is a holiday table setting for the ages that never goes out of style.