Dagmar Obert | Balsam Hill Design Consultant

Thanksgiving Decorating Ideas: Little Touches of Welcome

Thankfulness or gratitude is a wonderful attribute that makes us reflect on our blessings and the happenings of the year. It’s a sort of harvest of our toil from the year before the ‘busyness’ of Christmas. It also makes us generous as we pause to be thankful for what we have, and not just mull over what we do not have. Welcome family and friends and be thankful for their presence in your life through a Thanksgiving gathering.

The small efforts you employ to make guests feel welcome make up an inviting atmosphere in your home. Here are unique touches and easy ideas you can work on to create warmth for your friends and family this Thanksgiving.

Welcome with a Wreath

This autumn wreath helps express a warm welcome for guests

Putting up a wreath on your front door is one way of adding interest to what lies inside your home. It allows one to take a peek into your personality through the wreath’s design. Select a wreath that indicates the season and encourages your visitors to relax and simply have fun reminiscing about the happenings in their lives and their growth from their experiences. Adding a greeting or a message to the wreath gives it a warm and personal touch.

An elegantly structured welcome wreath gives the impression that the household is ready to impress its guests. The special orange pumpkins around this wreath hint that a pumpkin pie will be served for dessert. This piece made up of the small orange accents is a striking spectacle that highlights your front door, enticing visitors to come in and join the celebration. It is also a good way to tie in the look of your home with other fall-inspired décor for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Thanksgiving Decorations and Signage

Autumn accents and a handwritten sign graced this mantel

A well-decorated living room will leave a good impression on your guests as they enter your home. Bedeck your dresser, table, or piano with picturesque harvests, such as pumpkins, gourds, and autumn flowers. Throw in a scented candle to add a fragrant air and warm glow to the setup. Complement your Thanksgiving decorations with a signage fit for the season: “Welcome”, “Give Thanks”, or quotes about autumn add layers of meaning to your decorations.

Set an Autumn Tablescape Spread

Set up a cheerful Thanksgiving tablescape. Complement an all-white ensemble with the bright hues of acorns and orange pumpkins to reflect the warm visage of the outdoors during fall.

Balsam Hill's Fall Harvest Garland as a centerpiece

Balsam Hill’s Fall Harvest Garland as a Thanksgiving centerpiece

Gather items that can be used to embellish your home with the lively colors of autumn, or purchase ones from craft stores. Focusing on Thanksgiving with earnest energy will be rewarding, as evident in this mantel adorned completely for Thanksgiving.

A Basket of Autumn Bounty

Flowers, magazines and a pumpkin in an ironstone bowl on display

Put together a bowl or basket of autumn’s blessings, such as flowers, pumpkins and similar knicknacks. Appetizers would certainly fit right in, too. Display fruits of the season and Thanksgiving-themed such as turkey candies. This is a great way to infuse the colors of fall into your home, and can also serve as appetizers that guests can pluck while you are preparing the Thanksgiving feast.

Let these ideas help you make your home more inviting to your loved ones. With little, but significant touches of welcome, celebrating Thanksgiving with your family will be a memorable experience for everyone. For more ideas for utumn holidays, please a look at Balsam Hill’s products for the season.

About the Author
Dagmar Obert is a designer with over two decades of experience transforming homes into spaces that reflect comfort and elegance. Her sophisticated style emanates from her love of color, forms, and textures. From her choice of fabric to her selection of accent pieces, Dagmar pulls together the look of a room to deliver a statement of class. Surrounded by family and friends, Dagmar takes delight in turning her own home into a venue where wonderful occasions are made more memorable. Her how-to guides and inspiration articles on decorating and entertaining provide readers with unique ways to create the perfect setting for life’s cherished moments.