Creative Thanksgiving Decorations for Your Home

With the fall foliage as your backdrop you are sure to create beautiful Thanksgiving decorations that will be sure to get your friends and family in the turkey-eating mood.  To start, the best way to come up with Thanksgiving decorations is to let yourself be inspired by the fall color pallete and stick to that. This is something that won't be difficult given all of the great fall colors you'll have the chance to incorporate as part of your Thanksgiving decorations.  Since you will be using the outdoors as an inspiration for your Thanksgiving decorations, the best way to bring those colors into your home is to use things from the outdoors -- like leaves and pine cones -- and use them to brighten up your Thanksgiving decorations.

Creating your own Thanksgiving decorations is easier than you think!

We all know that the focal point of Thanksgiving is always the dining room table. Since it will be hard to move from it after eating all of that delicious food, it's important that the Thanksgiving decorations on your table -- from your place settings to your centerpiece -- look amazing.

Some important elements of Thanksgiving decorations include: great linens, creative place settings, a colorful centerpiece and even candles. Here are some great Thanksgiving decorations from MarthaStewart.com that will help you create Thanksgiving decorations your friends and family will rave about.

Thanksgiving Table Settings

Golden Harvest Thanksgiving Table

Long before the appetizer is served, your table will make a good first impression with these ideas for place cards, centerpieces, linens, and more.

Fabric glue, glitter, and masking tape are all you need to add understated glamour to your Thanksgiving table runner. Gold and copper glitter also add sparkle to the dried corn centerpiece.

How to Create the Golden Harvest Thanksgiving Table

Table Topper: In a Nutshell

Use a nutcracker to open whole walnuts just enough to slip in paper flags bearing guests' names. Coordinate the colors of the paper and ink to match your tablecloth or centerpiece.

How to Make the Nutshell Table Topper

Glimmer and Shine

Blue is not traditionally associated with the season, but highlight it with small touches of gold and the color can become a happy participant in holiday revels. These spray-painted miniature pumpkins and place cards written in gold ink do the trick nicely. A block-printed napkin and tablecloth and the marbleized plate add patterned richness, while a mix of mismatched contemporary glassware and classic flatware keep the feeling clean and modern.

Colors of the Season

For a splash of style, adorn your table with autumn's brightest accessories: vivid fall leaves. Simply clip sprays of young leaves from a tree in your yard (ours are from a maple). Arrange the clippings at each place setting, and top with transparent glass plates. Come dinnertime, you'll be basking in the oohs and aahs of your guests.

Pom-Pom Tom Decoration

The only turkey you won't want to gobble up this holiday? One of our comely yarn-and-felt creations. Perched on a mantel or arranged on a straw-covered tray on a sideboard, they are a fun, fanciful touch. You can also use them as place-card holders (glue name tags inside their beaks), and invite children to take their feathered friends home at the day's end.

How to Make the Pom-Pom Tom

There are so many great things that you can do to make these Thanksgiving decorations your own; you can even combine elements from each one of these Thanksgiving decoration ideas.  If you find yourself stuck right before the holiday without any Thanksgiving decorations, there are a few things that you can do to bring the outdoors in and still create festive Thanksgiving decorations.

One thing you can do is go out and buy small pumpkins and gourds that come in all shapes, sizes and colors, so that they're easy to incorporate into any Thanksgiving decoration scape.  Another thing you can do is go out into your backyard and collect pretty leaves and pine cones. You can place these down the center of your table to add a colorful touch to your Thanksgiving decorations.

Don't let the stress of entertaining on Thanksgiving get to you. Prepare ahead of time and be sure to utilize what is around you to create the perfect Thanksgiving decorations.