November 20, 2011

7 Simple Thanksgiving Decorating Ideas

I have collected seven Thanksgiving decorating ideas that are so simple you can easily pull together last minute.

1.Bittersweet Wreath. This large bittersweet wreath would look amazing hung by a wide chocolate ribbon over your dining room mirror. It's actually pretty simple to make.  I included the link to the instructions below the photo.  The key is to make it large and use lots of bittersweet for fullness.  Even more simple, call your local florist to make one for you.

2. Add a touch of holiday to your place setting without the Turkey motif.  I love the Carolyn plate by Ralph Lauren.
Ralph Lauren Carolyn Dessert plate via

3. Amber stemware adds warmth and color to your holiday table.
Williams Sonoma Amber Swirl stemware via

4. Pheasant feathers.  Pheasant feathers make a simple and chic centerpiece. 
Photo: Domino magazine


5. Branches of Fall leaves.  You can use chicken wire or floral foam to easily arrange the branches or just place the branches in a tall glass cylinder or bottle neck vase.  I recommend placing a large centerpiece like this on your sideboard instead of your table simply so you can all see each other during dinner.  A large footed urn is a beautiful container for this arrangement. 

6. Paint some pumkins white and group them in the center of the table. 

Photo: Elle Decor
7. Decorate with pears.  I think pears are beautiful grouped together as a centerpiece in a large low footed urn or placed on each individual plate as a place card as below.  They also make a delicious dessert.  I can't wait to make Giada's recipe for poached pears in honey, ginger and cinnamon.  I included a link to the recipe below.

Giada de Lauretiis poached pears via

Rachel Hazelton is an Interior Designer from Middleton, MA with design projects in Andover, MA, North Andover, MA, Lynnfield, MA, Boxford, MA, Topsfield, MA, Boston's North Shore and throughout New England.

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