Thanksgiving Décor That’s More Class Than Kitsch

Ideas for Thanksgiving Decor – Some people love the summer. With its endless days and warm nights, who doesn’t enjoy backyard BBQ’s and seashore adventures? But some people believe that autumn is the time to come alive and thrive. With cooler temps, that warm sweater and those suede boots just beg to be displayed.

Thanksgiving Decor

When it comes to décor, your home goes through its own seasons. Cool, crisp blues give way to warm tones of mustard and burnt sienna as well as this fall’s hottest color for accessorizing your home: copper. As you replace your seashell-filled bowls with woven cornucopias filled with autumn leaves, and your “summer wish” candle with one appropriately called “harvest,” you begin to wonder how to decorate for Thanksgiving without looking too kitschy. Paper turkeys have their place, but it’s not in your living room.

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Coziest Candles

Candles are still the classiest way to upgrade you décor without looking cheap. To make them holiday worthy, try tapers in earth-toned colors in holders that are metallic; gold, pewter, and the color-of-the-moment, copper. When the flames flicker, you’ll see just how much prettier it is reflected off of something shiny.

Glass votive holders can be wrapped in dried corn-husks that overlap and are tied with rustic raffia.  Trim to fit and tuck a small feather into the band to complete the look. Or, simply tie a few springs of extra sage from your dinner around a plain white pillar with kitchen twine and you’re ready to go au natural.

Though your scary Halloween pumpkins have long been hauled away, a freshly carved pumpkin is the perfect centerpiece. Carve out the middle, add a glass hurricane, and place a candle or two inside to create something special.

Beyond The Paper Turkeys: Thanksgiving Décor That’s More Class Than Kitsch

Get And Give The Message

Message boards are all the rage this holiday and for Thanksgiving, it could not be more perfect. A simple chalkboard in the entryway welcomes your guests with a warm message and a bounty of autumnal branches surrounding the edges.

Cork boards can be covered with autumn-themes fabric, or even a simple run of burlap, and placed near where your guests will congregate. Cut out fall leaves from construction paper and provide felt pens and push pins. Invite your guests to pick a leaf, write what they are thankful for, and pin it to the board to create a design that would make a sugar maple jealous.

Beyond The Paper Turkeys: Thanksgiving Décor That’s More Class Than Kitsch

Preparing The Pumpkins

Small pumpkins and gourds get a new life when you chalk-paint them in colors of sage green and deeper forest. Mini white pumpkins need no painting when their gorgeous glow is seen spilling out of a dark cornucopia.

Mod podge is perfectly appropriate when placed on a pumpkin. Look for vintage designs and rustic papers that channel your inner farm-girl spirit.

Inexpensive plastic pumpkins or even Jack o’ lanterns can be sprayed with gold or copper paint for a lavish looks; be sure to top with ivy greens or nestle planted succulents inside for a pop of freshness. Ceramic pumpkin tureens can be filled with mini cabbage plants and placed on the table or in your China display.

Going With The Glass

Is there anything as elegant as a glass vase? Gone are the days when clear cut crystal was the only option. Look for amber hues, orange glows, and red glass that brings out the tones of the season. Place different shapes and sizes on a mantle or side table for simple elegance, or line up taller bottle-like versions filled with branches that bring the outside in.

Mason jars are still in style and we hope they never go out again. For a quick and classy decorative idea when you have only minutes before company arrives, fill clear jars with natural items, such as mixed nuts still in their shells, dried beans, or even rich-toned ribbons. Or, paint the jars white and fill with mums or any fall flower.

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Be Thankful For The Light

Finally, as the nights get longer, you need to find ways to keep the scene merry and bright. Wildwood makes some gorgeous lamps that will fit right in to your festive fall décor. The Chelsea House Oak Leaf Lamp has a lovely iron base with a staggered leaf design, an antique gold leaf finish, and is the perfect size for your buffet .

For a lamp that can create a conversation, Wildwood’s Antler Hall Copper Lamp  fits in well with the colors and the theme of the fall season, adding a rustic touch.

This fall, make sure that your house is well lit, cozy, and well decorated. Skip the paper turkeys and stick with the tried and true. You, and your guests, will be thankful that you did.  Visit for a wide array of table lamps, floor lamps, wall mirrors and other home decor.







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