Thanksgiving Decorations | How To Wow Your Guests

thanksgiving table decor ideas

The guest post was written by Chloe Taylor

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Every season has its own dos and don’ts when it comes to decorations, and this is especially true for the holiday season.

With Thanksgiving coming our way, lots of people have already started making plans and thinking about decorating their homes, while most of them pay special attention to the dining room.

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Thanksgiving decor ideas

After all, this is where the family comes together and spends time, so the atmosphere and décor have to be absolutely perfect.

If you’re still looking for ideas and aren’t sure how to decorate your dining room for Thanksgiving, here are a few suggestions that could help you set the right mood for the entire day and give your family a nice surprise.

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Thanksgiving Decor – A Welcoming Sign

Although your guests already know where you live and what your home looks like, welcoming them with a festive sign is always a good way to start the celebrations.

There are two ideas most people opt for – the Welcome sign you hang in front of your home, or the Give Thanks sign you can hang in your dining room – so whichever you opt for, it’s going to look amazing.

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If you pick the latter one, though, make sure you place it strategically in your dining area so that everyone notices it walking in.

This way, your guests are going to embrace your Thanksgiving spirit and get prepared for making a speech before the meal, stating who and what they’re thankful for.

You can purchase this sign beforehand, or make it on your own, which is an even better way to greet your guests and help them feel welcome.

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Thanksgiving Table Decorations

Thanksgiving is all about the family getting together and spending the day enjoying each other’s company, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do your best to make your dining table as special as possible.

Again, just because everyone knows what to expect doesn’t mean you can’t think out the box for a while and surprise them a bit.

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Adding lots of fresh green herbs on your table is an amazing way to introduce something different into the mix and enhance the visual and aromatic appeal of the dinner at the same time.

Rosemary, sage, eucalyptus or thyme will work wonderfully with your meal and take it to a completely new level, while a few ivy leaves here and there will seem like the classiest and most elegant décor ever.

Moreover, these things are quite cheap and you can probably get them in your backyard for free, so just look for them and add them to your dining table.

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Tablecloth And Table Runners

This is another effective way to add a dose of charm and elegance to your dining room, and if you manage to find decorative tablecloths and runners that match the colors of your dining room walls, you’ll create a décor everyone is going to love.

Luckily, cloths and runners come in all shapes, sizes, colors and patterns, so you can easily pick the ones that will work best with the other parts of your décor.

Another element that will bring everything together and accentuate your tablecloth is your dining room rug.

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Very few people give it enough attention, thinking nobody will notice it because they’ll be focused on the meal in front of them, but you have to remember that rugs are extremely important.

What you need to do is find a visually appealing and intriguing rug you can color-coordinate with your tablecloth, thus creating a perfect unity between every single piece of décor in your dining room.

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Cozy Additions

Since the focus of Thanksgiving is on the food and the family, it’s important to give everyone a chance to take a break from eating and catch their breath.

Some people watch NFL games that take place on Thanksgiving, while the others prefer checking out the Thanksgiving parade in New York.

The rest, however, just relax in their chairs and enjoy a conversation with their family.

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Whatever your guests opt to do, you need to ensure they’re relaxed, and that’s why might want to consider bringing out your coziest knitted blankets that take everyone’s comfort to a whole new level in a matter of seconds.

Sharing your favorite throw blankets, pillows and other wonderful fall décor you love so much with your family is the best way to make everyone feel welcomed and show them how much you appreciate their company.

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Everyone loves decorating their homes for the holidays, no matter how old they are and where they live.

Since Thanksgiving is one of the rare occasions when the entire family comes together, it’s important to pay special attention to every inch of the dining area and make sure everything is perfect.

Once you’ve taken care of the décor, you can enjoy your meal and spend quality time with the people you love.


Chloe is a graduated journalist from Adelaide and a regular contributor to Smooth Decorator. She loves everything related to decor, aesthetic and lifestyle topics. She is also passionate about photography.
Her biggest dream is to travel the whole world and take some stunning photographs of beautiful places. Beside all this, she enjoys drinking coffee and reading a beautiful book from time to time. If you would like to work with Chloe please email –

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  1. Emma Pratt
    November 23, 2018 / 12:09 pm

    So many wonderful ideas! I love the green centerpiece – natural yet very stylish and wonderful colours.

    • handylittleme
      November 26, 2018 / 10:11 am

      Hello! I too love the greens in any home decor! They look so festive and fresh. Thanks for reading 🙂

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