Thanksgiving Touches for Your Home

A cluster of Thanksgiving gourds and candles.

Thanksgiving is a wonderful time of year. Friends and family gather to renew friendships, share time together, and celebrate the season with a traditional Thanksgiving feast (and maybe a football game). Hosting a Thanksgiving celebration can be a lot to tackle, though. Don't let decorating be the thing that drives you over the edge. Add these simple Thanksgiving touches to your home décor and then you can concentrate on the food.

Start with Fall Colors

Build your home's Thanksgiving decorations around a fall color scheme of golds, yellows, reds, browns, and greens. One easy way to add fall color to your home is to place appropriately-colored throws or small blankets on the arms or backs of chairs.

Display bright, red cranberries in a clear glass vase, or provide more neutral but natural color by doing the same thing with pecans or acorn in their shells. Alternatively, picturesque bare branches can be arranged in a vase and tied together with fall-colored ribbons.

Arrange Your Thanksgiving-Dinner Table

The table is the centerpiece of your Thanksgiving decorating. One way to minimize your stress level is to follow this easy plan. Keep the decoration simple, keep it low (so it won't impede conversation) and don't use anything with a scent (candles, potpourri) that will compete with your dinner.

To give your table that Thanksgiving look, start with a neutral-colored tablecloth and then simply add a table runner in gold or yellow. Complete the look with neutral, cloth napkins and napkin rings color coordinated with the runner. Add low standing (and inexpensive) light to your table using tea lights or votive candles in clear glasses.

With freshly fallen leaves, some bare branches, and a glue gun, create a simple, seasonal center piece. Glue the leaves and some small branches to a larger branch, add some candles in glasses to the middle, and finish up with some brightly colored Indian corn or small gourds.

Make Some Finishing Touches

Give your home a welcoming scent by placing some cinnamon in a warm oven. Alternatively, you could place scented candles (pumpkin pie, pecan pie, nutmeg) around your home so your guests will slide into the Thanksgiving mood. Just be sure you don't put any of these scented candles near where you will be eating, because the scents could overwhelm your dinner.

If you have a fireplace, light it or turn it on. The sight of a crackling fire gives everyone a warm, comfortable feeling. If you don't have a fireplace, you can still stack some logs or pine cones in a large basket to give your home a fall feel.

As a final Thanksgiving touch, place wheat sheaves tied with fall-colored ribbons in the corners of your rooms.