Thanksgiving is a week away and although much of the country is already setting up Christmas décor, some people really like to savor the fall season as much as they can until December rolls around each year. Whether you’ve got your entire extended family coming over or it will be a nice quiet Thanksgiving for you this year, here are some great ideas for preparing your home for Thanksgiving.
1) Mantel Decorations – One of the easiest ways to bring Thanksgiving into your home is to add decorations to your fireplace mantel. Don’t have a mantel? Any of these ideas could also be used on any surface in your home. If you’ve got uncarved pumpkins left over from Halloween, add in some Indian corn, squash and gourds to the mix to creative a festive fall display. Fill large vases with colorful fall leaves, sticks, popcorn kernels, acorns or other nuts and use them on each end of the mantel.
2) Tabletop Decorations – To decorate for your Thanksgiving Day meal, you could use a traditional fall-colored tablecloth or purchase several yards of black butcher paper from a school supply store. Then use chalk to outline “placemats” on the table, or trace outlines where all of the food should sit. You can also put a piece of chalk at each place setting and encourage others to jot down that for which they are thankful. Need to label where each person should sit? Grab a handful of small pumpkins, gourds, apples or squash, make a slice with a sharp knife and insert name cards.
3) Thankfulness Location – Create a place in your home where family members can write down their gratitude. Hang up butcher paper on the back of a door or tape up paper on the cabinet doors and supply markers to write with or hang up a twine clothesline on the mantel and supply pieces of paper to write on and then clip to the twine with clothespins.
4) Thanksgiving Smells – If the turkey in the oven doesn’t make your smell like Thanksgiving, you can always create your own smell! Just take orange and lemon peels and slices, a handful of fresh cranberries and a couple cinnamon sticks and put them into a pot of simmering water. Let the pot simmer throughout the day and just make sure to refill periodically with water.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!