Last-Minute Thanksgiving Decorating Ideas

Last-Minute Thanksgiving Decorating Ideas

Lessen holiday stress with our simple, last-minute home embellishments.



By Megan Arquette

While the holidays are truly about togetherness and bringing your family around the table for quality time, sometimes you just need to set the scene to get everything in order. Use our tips for great last-minute Thanksgiving décor ideas sure to be a big hit and get everyone in the mood.

Adorn with Acorns
Toss the messy bars of soap and opt for soap dispensers in the bathrooms and kitchen. Tie acorns to pieces of twine and place them around the dispensers to add a sweet, seasonal touch. Acorns also look lovely in a mason jar with an LED tea light nestled in the middle.

Fill Stemmed Glasses
Fill the bottoms with a handful of nuts or acorns. Cut leaf shapes out of brown paper bags, write guests’ names across them and place inside the glass to serve as place cards.

Use Fall Foliage
If you live where the foliage is gorgeous, go outside and collect a few fiery orange leaves, add small pumpkins, and you have a simple centerpiece. This is a fun mission for the kids too!

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Branch out
Collect branches or wheat sheaths and place them in a tall glass vase filled with green apples, cranberries or other seasonal fruit.

DIY Candle Centerpiece
Take a quick inventory of candles around your home — a collection of any one thing has a much bigger bang when grouped. A grouped candle display can work on a coffee table as well as a centerpiece. Scatter cranberries around the display to add some color!

Pencil Place Settings
Place pencils and slips of paper that say, “I am thankful for…” at each place setting. During dinner, pass a large jar around to collect the messages. Later, as pie is being served, pass the jar again for each guest to pull out and read a message to the table.

Take the Ordinary up a Notch
Spray small pumpkins, apples, branches and leaves with gold or silver paint to create dazzling yet easy tablescapes or mantel decorations.

Upcycle Old Burlap
A length set out as a tablecloth or runner immediately calls forth a rustic, cozy look, and you can usually find it for under $5 a yard. Creating the same look with inexpensive Butcher paper is another fantastic tablecloth alternative.



Megan is a Los Angeles-based interior designer and creator of the design blog Beach Bungalow 8. Her design work and freelance writing has appeared in several national design publications. Megan currently lives in a bungalow at the beach with her husband, two kids, three dogs and five fish.

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