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Style Tips for Elegant Thanksgiving Decorations

Here's a glimpse of our Thanksgiving feast, as well as tips to make decorating for your own holiday celebration!

Thanksgiving decorations are often inspired by family traditions. For our holiday feast this year, we decided to incorporate the traditions we've grown up with into a more modern looking table.

To help guide our reinvented approach, we turned to our holiday invitations. The Elegant Gratitude invitation by Pear Tree Greetings was a great source of inspiration for greeting our guests decoratively and in setting the Thanksgiving table this year. 

Start with the Front Door

The first sight your holiday guests will see is your front door, of course! Make the entryway festive and inviting like we did by placing a metal planter filled with miniature pumpkins and colorful mums in front.

The bright orange, red and yellow colors paired with fall florals and gourds provides a warm welcome to your guests before they even ring the door bell. And the addition of the "Give Thanks" message will put them in the holiday spirit.

Like the invitation, our Thanksgiving tablescape was elegant, yet modern. Small pumpkins tied with satin ribbon and a gold leaf sat atop square yellow and orange plates.

We used a rich brown table runner, embellished with embroidered leaves, to anchor our wheat bundle centerpiece and several small votive candles. We love the idea of using a runner if possible. It's clean, will support hot platters of food, decorative without distracting from our centerpiece and easy to maintain at a busy table.

For name cards, guests names were written on the leaves that were tied to the pumpkins. We tied a loose knot in the cloth napkins and then tucked a single piece of wheat inside the knot to pull in our centerpiece.

A beautiful bundle of gold wheat tied with brown organza ribbons took center stage on the table. Slender branches of glimmering leaves, like those on the Pear Tree invitation surrounded the wheat bundle.

Floral picks and stems are a great way to bring elegance to the center of the table.  We selected fall stems and leaves in various colors with gold highlights and lots of sparkle and placed them around the centerpiece and candles on the tablerunner.

A beautiful tea towel was tied to the back of each of the chairs and embellished with a glittered orange leaf. The artichoke graphic on the towels tied in with the artichoke candle holders on the table.

A plain glass mason jar was decorated to match our Thanksgiving scheme and then filled with spiced nuts for each guest to take home.

Thanksgiving Decorating Tips

Make sure your guests receive a warm and festive welcome! Decorate your front door with a wreath or potted arrangement like we did.

Keep table decor organized, simple and seasonal. You can jazz up your table however you want, but bear in mind there's a feast to be had! Don't let your decorations stand in the way of the bountiful meal you're about to serve.

Natural elements like gourds, wheat grass and leaves make for the perfect Thanksgiving decorations. They conjure thoughts of a harvest and bring the natural seasonal beauty to the table.

Coordinating colors like those featured in our invitation and throughout the table are great choices when you're looking for a Thanksgiving decoration starting point!

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Jennifer Geddes
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Jennifer Kelly Geddes has hosted Christmas cookie swaps, New Year's open houses, Thanksgiving for 22, and all manner of dinner parties in her Manhattan and Ghent, NY homes.

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