18 Thanksgiving decor ideas – for a cozy and charming seasonal space

From stunning tablescapes to wreaths, candles and pumpkins, make your celebration extra special this year with our favorite Thanksgiving decor ideas

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Embracing beautiful Thanksgiving decor ideas will only help to make your home look and feel more cozy, characterful and unique for the seasonal celebration.

Whether you’re planning an intimate gathering and need help with finding Thanksgiving table decor ideas, or are hosting a large Thanksgiving party, the right decor will help to set the scene for the occasion.

From autumnal tricks to keep your guests feeling cozy, to spectacular decorative statements to dazzle and entertain, our inspiring Thanksgiving decoration ideas can make your fall gathering feel extra special. 

Explore our favorite Thanksgiving decoration ideas for a stand-out seasonal space

From Thanksgiving wreaths that can adorn doors, windows and walls, to beautiful tableware and Thanksgiving table settings used to create a magnificent tablescape, our design ideas can help to sprinkle the holiday spirit throughout your entire home, from the front door to the fireplace. 

1. Lay a beautiful table

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Feasting is at the heart of Thanksgiving, and a beautifully decorated table will only help to make your Thanksgiving meal feel even more special.

For a thanksgiving centerpiece that is beautifully seasonal and easy to create, arrange a selection of pumpkins in different sizes and colors along the center of the table and decorate with vases filled with autumnal foliage, as demonstrated here by OKA.

These may have to be moved off the table to make way for the all-important turkey and to prevent them from getting in the way of conversation, but that's no problem, as they will make a beautiful display on a sideboard or window.

2. Enrich your outside space with seasonal flourishes

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Give guests a warm and seasonal welcome with a beautifully decorated door and porch. 

From hand-crafted Thanksgiving wreaths, made from cut fall flowers and foliage from your yard and garden, to beautiful faux foliage designs, as shown above with Balsam Hill's Autumn Abundance Foliage, these natural accents can add beautiful color and texture to your outside space – don't forget to decorate with plenty of pretty pumpkins, too!

3. Make a statement with your mantel decor

floral garland on ornate marble mantel, glass and gold side table with lamp

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If you're looking for thanksgiving craft ideas, why not create a show-stopping mantelpiece garland? A cascading design full of fall color is guaranteed to wow dinner guests, and will bring uplifting color during gray days.

To create a similar design to above, first forage for foliage and then layer the individual stems into a long thin vessel filled with florist's foam. For best results choose an array of different types of foliage and stem sizes to create a whimsical look.

'If a traditional red and gold theme resonates, wintery red hydrangea adds both opulence and warmth, and pairs perfectly with burnt beech, and fresh pine which can be sourced locally or foraged in the garden. To complete a perfect garland, use a mixture of everlasting fillers, such as Pampas grass and pinecones, amongst the fresh foliage that will dry gorgeously by the fire to be enjoyed throughout the Christmas season,’ notes luxury florist Ronny Colbie.

4. Create a seasonal table setting

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Take inspiration from the colors and textures of fall to create a beautiful Thanksgiving table setting for guests. There's no need to go all out, just placing fruit and pine cones and twinkling tea lights along the middle is enough to bring the table to life.

On the Thanksgiving table above designs by Sarah Kostoris, founder of homeware brand Sarah K, jute placemats bring a rustic feel while copper tumblers bring a lovely warming glow in the candlelight. She says, 'we love making our tablescaping as natural as possible, and using pine cone decorations and beautiful fall-colored leaves is a great way to bring the beauty of the outdoors, indoors. Scatter them along the middle of the table and add candles of different heights to create a warm glow.

5. Decorate with plenty of pumpkins

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Undoubtedly the most popular Thanksgiving decoration of them all you, you can never go wrong with decorating with pumpkins.

From real pumpkins and impressive faux pumpkin designs, to pumpkin-themed tableware – Pottery Barn's Thanksgiving collection has an impressive selection, this seasonal squash is guaranteed to had homey, harvest-inspired character to your Thanksgiving scheme. 

Perfect for adding cozy character to you outside space, ideal for placing beside a front door or porch, or for adding seasonal decoration to your dining table or mantel, the more pumpkins (and pumpkin pie) you have in your home for Thanksgiving, we think, the better.

6. Create a rustic farmhouse feel

Pottery Barn Thanksgiving tablescape

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For a subtle yet seasonal look that is also sustainable, try decorating with dried flowers and seasonal fruit that can also be eaten and enjoyed. 

Vases of dried flowers can also be used to style sideboards, mantlepieces and dotted along the table as a rustic centerpiece.

7. Embrace a maximalist look

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Why not go all out with your layering and create a fabulous tablescape full of color and texture?

Featuring lovely brown and sage tones, this delicately patterned Turning Leaves tablecloth from Katherine Young sets a beautiful Thanksgiving scene, and is layered here with her chocolate rattan charger and bamboo plates. A beautiful velvet pumpkin makes the perfect finishing touch or table gift.

8. Or, keep your scheme simple and minimal

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For a pared-back, relaxed look, embrace decorations in more calming, subtle color palettes – think plenty of pastel pumpkins and elegant flower arrangements. 

We love the look of this fireplace, decorated with a collection of more minimalist pumpkins from West Elm and dried flowers, with the candles adding the perfect dose of coziness and warmth.

9. Place your dinner table at the heart of the fun

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‘Thanksgiving for us is three days of meals altogether with our grown children and their babies, plus various guests, on Bray’s Island in South Carolina,’ says interior designer Beth Webb. Feasting is arguably the most important part of the holiday, meaning that the dinner table should be where you concentrate your decor efforts.  

To enhance your Thanksgiving table, take inspiration from nature and look to harvest fruit, vegetables, or foraged items from your local woodland. Alternatively, keep it contemporary with unique colorways or a pared-back Scandinavian style. 

‘Adding your own style to your table setting is always important,’ says Jessica Hanley, founder of Piglet In Bed, who designed this tablescape in collaboration with Olive & Co. ‘It's an opportunity to showcase some new pieces you might have discovered recently, and helps create a vibrant atmosphere with pops of color.’

10. Wow your guests with statement entrance decor

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The floral flourishes shouldn’t stop at the wreath on your door – if you're going to be hosting lots of guests this year, consider greeting them on arrival with a statement piece of celebratory decor in your entrance hall. 

This stunning staircase display features seasonal flowers wound between the balustrades, with pops of warming autumnal color courtesy of berries, chrysanthemums, and roses, with foliage provided by on-trend eucalyptus.

11. Rethink your Halloween pumpkins for an autumnal look

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‘It wouldn’t be fall without a pumpkin, but there are more possibilities than the typical orange ones,’ says Carmel Donohue, founder of Poppy Belle Florals. Pumpkins may have been central to your Halloween decor, but their time is not over. Think about how to make a pumpkin planter as a centerpiece to your Thanksgiving table, or consider styling your front porch or steps with stylish faux designs.

12. Kick off a soiree at the cocktail station

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Offering your diners a welcome drink on arrival is the first step in being a consummate host. But for times when you’re busy in the kitchen, keep your guests entertained and with a full glass in hand by creating a drinks station or small home bar

Cover a console table with a colored tablecloth for understated grandeur, and set the scene by framing artwork – here, made from wallpaper panels – with generous limbs of greenery. 

‘I love to set up a Bloody Mary 'station' for Thanksgiving,’ says home decor designer Joanna Buchanan. ‘The drinks are just the right color and there are so many festive and colorful add-ins that guests can select from. Of course, be sure to add a fun selection of cocktail picks so people can mark their glasses.’

13. Shake your tail feathers with bird-themed decor

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While excitement brews for the turkey’s arrival at the dinner table, whet your guest’s appetite by dotting feathered friends around your decor. 

Birds make for a beautiful theme for fall decor ideas, too, and we can't get enough of the fun, feathered designs that feature in John Derian's Thanksgiving collaboration with Target, shop a few of our favorites designs below.

14. Warm up by a festive fireplace

Fall mantel ideas with white walls, grey marble mantel and autumnal leaves in vases

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After all that dinner, you’re going to need a spot for a light snooze. There is simply no better spot to recline in the colder months than in front of the fireplace, so make sure this feels like an even more special part of the home with festive fall mantel ideas

Here, the fire’s warmth is complemented by an array of fall foliage in deep, autumnal colors. Dressing and accessorizing the space around the fireplace can be key to making the best of it. A large fireplace, offset by a symmetrical arrangement of chairs, is a tried-and-tested classic and makes an inviting setting to sit in front of. 

15. Create an immersive atmosphere with scented decor

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‘Fill your room with warming autumnal scents like pumpkin and cinnamon spice for the complete autumn experience,’ says Jessica Hanley, founder of Piglet In Bed. ‘You can light candles in your desired scent as well as use natural diffusers for a subtle scent that isn't too overpowering.’ 

Thanksgiving is certainly the time to get out your best reed diffusers or fill bowls with scented pine cone decorations and dried orange peel, but it might be that all that cooking helps to do the job for you. ‘If artificial scents aren't your thing, you can create your scents naturally by baking a seasonal cake, cooking some nuts, or even mulling some wine,’ says Hanley. ‘Get in the kitchen and make your favorite autumnal dish.’ 

16. Create a cozy ambience with soft, warm lighting

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‘Everyone looks better in a warm glow,’ says interior designer Benji Lewis. ‘Lighting is one of the easiest ways to create a cozy atmosphere.’ Reaching for the dimmer switch and scattering your best candles throughout the living spaces is absolutely essential to creating a romantic holiday atmosphere in your home this Thanksgiving. 

‘If you don’t have a fireplace to hunker down next to, try using ambient lighting in the form of table lamps and floor lights,’ adds Lewis. ‘The only reason you should ever use an overhead light over the coming months is to get ready in festive sequins. 

17. Opt for a more contemporary look with pampas grass decor

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‘Pampas has been a dominant trend throughout the summer, and this isn’t going to change anytime soon,’ says Carmel Donohue, founder of Poppy Belle Florals. ‘Bring the fall harvest feeling into your home with these tall fluffy stems, which add both texture and height to any area.’ 

For an on-trend look, pampas grass is a great addition to dried floral displays, or as a standalone statement, that can work all across the home and, as demonstrated here, among your fall porch ideas

‘Suitable for a mantlescape, shelfscape, tablescape, or a larger display set on the floor, this subtle stem is a seasonal must, and the neutral shades will flatter your existing décor,’ says Donohue. 

18. Layer your space with plenty of tactile texture

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There’s nothing quite like being pleasantly full and wrapped up in a blanket, with nowhere else you need to be for the rest of the day. To make that dream come true for all your guests this Thanksgiving, ensure your seasonal soft furnishings are ready and waiting to envelop them in comfort. 

Blankets, throws, and cushions that embrace the shades of traditional fall color schemes are a must-have in your living spaces, for the evening’s relaxed festivities. Ensure you swap your lighter summer blankets for heavier fall ones in wool or similar for maximum coziness. 


What is Thanksgiving, and why is it celebrated?

Thanksgiving, which occurs on the fourth Thursday in November, is based on the colonial Pilgrims' 1621 harvest meal. 

In 1621, the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Native Americans shared an autumn harvest feast that is acknowledged today as one of the first Thanksgiving celebrations. 

For more than two centuries, days of thanksgiving were celebrated by individual colonies and states. It wasn’t until 1863, in the midst of the Civil War, that President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national Thanksgiving Day to be held each November.

The holiday continues to be a day for Americans to gather for a day of feasting, football and family.

How should I decorate my home for Thanksgiving?

At Thanksgiving, your guests always come first – so think about what you would want and need from the day if you were the visiting party. Firstly, a bit of otherworldly dazzle and the occasional surprise is a great way to take your guest’s minds away from work and into the holiday spirit. Welcome them with a wreath or floral display in the entrance hall, and dot low-key elements of fun around the living spaces, or leave little gifts in the guest bedrooms. 

The center of your attention should, however, be the dinner table. Think about adding a centerpiece or runner to elevate it from your usual dinner party decor, and include candles or just a little touch of sparkle to create both warmth and the sense of a special occasion. 

What are the most common Thanksgiving decorations?

Sitting between Halloween and the Christmas season, Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to embrace fall and harvest decor ideas. Using pumpkins to decorate is popular but also looks to nature and decorate with foraged foliage, pine cones dried oranges and fall fruits.

'It is all about celebrating the beauty and bounty of the season so do lots of layering and use different heights of serving plates and candlesticks to create a welcoming, homely, yet glamorous setting,' says Sam Hood, co-founder of Amara.

Seasonal wreaths and garlands are perfect for both indoors and outdoors, plus you can't go wrong with lanterns and candles.

As well as exploring our inspiring decoration and design ideas for Thanksgiving, be sure to take a look at our top 5 Thanksgiving decor mistakes to avoid, according to interior designers, so you can create the perfect seasonal scheme.

Ailis Brennan
Contributing Editor

Ailis started out at British GQ, where a month of work experience turned into 18 months of working on all sorts of projects, writing about everything from motorsport to interiors, and helping to put together the GQ Food & Drink Awards. She then spent three years at the London Evening Standard, covering restaurants and bars. After a period of freelancing, writing about food, drink and homes for publications including Conde Nast Traveller, Luxury London and Departures, she started at Homes & Gardens as a Digital Writer, allowing her to fully indulge her love of good interior design. She is now a fully fledged food PR but still writes for Homes & Gardens as a contributing editor.