9 Thanksgiving Decoration Ideas to Try This Season

Update your home for the holiday with these favorite fall accents.

dried orange wreath on door
Photo: Jacob Fox

Thanksgiving is a holiday of sharing a table and spending time together. For many, the holiday involves traveling to be near loved ones. For others, hosting and cooking family recipes is tradition. Regardless of whether you host or are a guest, travel down the block or across the country, the holiday is all about togetherness, and so much of this comes from sitting around a table (or three) for a big family meal.

No matter what your holiday traditions are, having a festive centerpiece, creating a beautiful table setting, or featuring unique family traditions can make this season feel more connected. Here are some Thanksgiving decoration ideas to consider for your home this holiday.

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Fall Harvest Centerpiece

fall floral pumpkin table arrangement
Greg Scheidemann

Incorporate a centerpiece that celebrates the season with produce like squash, ornamental kale, dahlias, and artichoke. Use pumpkins as the base of your arrangement, then fill in gaps with smaller gourds and flowers in muted greens and pinks. Because gourds are long-lasting, your centerpiece can be arranged in advance of your gathering; just add flowers on Thanksgiving.

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Thankful Tree Accent

white branch in vase with fall leaves
Marty Baldwin

While some Thanksgiving decor can be quite literal, there are options that speak to the message of the holiday without overdoing it. This DIY branch accent works well as a focal point on a kitchen island, fireplace mantel, or coffee table. Simply cut out leaf shapes on construction paper and have your family write down what they're grateful for this year. Tie the leaves onto a small branch and place in a vase, using rocks to weigh down the arrangement.

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Magnolia Leaf Table Runner

Dining table with runner made of plants and oranges
Marty Baldwin

A table runner is a beautiful way to decorate a Thanksgiving table and can be easily customized to suit your place settings. This table runner is especially gorgeous with magnolia leaves, billy ball stems, and rich purple leaves. Place in-season citrus, like clementines or persimmons, throughout the arrangement for a pop of contrasting color.

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Dried Fruit Wreath

dried orange wreath on door
Jacob Fox

Wreaths are beautiful every time of year, and when you add fall colors—like oranges, reds, and yellows—they are perfect for welcoming the Thanksgiving holiday. Consider repurposing a winter wreath by adding dried orange slices. Or DIY a new wreath with just a few modifications. Pinecones, seeded eucalyptus, and berries (either real or dried) make great additions. Add your wreath to your door for a cheerful welcome.  

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Flowerbox Thanksgiving Centerpiece

Centerpiece made of white box with fall décor
Marty Baldwin

This easy Thanksgiving centerpiece utilizes a window box to keep items contained and from rolling away. When guests sit down to pass around food, simply lift away the centerpiece and showcase it on a coffee table. Consider opting for a color that matches your dishes or other Thanksgiving decor, whether that's traditional orange, yellow, and red palette or more muted seasonal shades.

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DIY Thanksgiving Place Setting

Natural Beauty leaf name rag
Carson Downing

You don't need fancy place settings to set a showstopping Thanksgiving table. Consider creating your own Thanksgiving place cards from dried leaves found in your own backyard. Add names with white acrylic paint or a white paint pen for a unique, personal touch. Complete the look with dishware, silverware, and place mats that complement the colors of the leaves.

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Thanksgiving Mantel Decor

fall living room
Kritsada Panichgul

Incorporate the colors of fall leaves into your Thanksgiving mantel with pumpkins and dried berries. Plaid burlap fabric wraps around glass vases with the help of vintage belts. Large branches of bittersweet add height and finish the fall focal point.

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Felt Mum Garland

felt mum garland
Carson Downing

For a nontraditional Thanksgiving decoration, make your own beaded garland. Not only can you choose the colors, but you can also use hang it anywhere that needs some seasonal style. Here, faux mums crafted from felt pair with natural wood beads. String the garland across a front porch, interior staircase, or as a banner in the room where you eat your holiday meal.

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Custom Menu

Framed menu

Better Homes & Gardens

A recipe card or printed menu not only adds a layer of sophistication to your Thanksgiving table setting, but it's also an elegant (yet simple!) way to share family traditions. If you opt for a recipe card, consider photocopying or recreating a dish that has been passed down for generations. The more you can preserve the original recipe text—including the handwriting, stains, or ripped paper—the better! Or simply type out your menu and place it in a glass frame. Garnish the corner with a festive ribbon.

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