Decorating Your Home for Thanksgiving Guests

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It’s time for friends and family to gather and your home deserves to be at its best as you welcome everyone. Here are some tips for decorating your home for Thanksgiving guests. Remember to keep it simple, keep it fresh, and most of all: KEEP IT YOU!

However you choose to decorate always add your own personal touch and help your guests feel welcome.

First Impressions: Your Front Door

Your front door is the first thing guests see when they come to your home, so make it welcoming. Add a lovely fall wreath on the door and some pumpkins on either side of the door.

How to Stage Your Door For Thanksgiving Guests

Thanksgiving is when we gather with family and friends near and far, to enjoy home cooking and being around our loved ones. If you’re like me, you want to make sure they feel welcomed before even stepping through the door. So, I like to stage my entryway. Here are some tips on creating an inviting entryway for your guests:

  • Clean up the porch, stoop, or patio using hot soap and water. Get the spider webs down and make sure everything is clean.
  • Add a new Welcome mat if yours is worn and tired.
  • Add one of my gorgeous FALL WREATHS to your door.
  • Anchor each side of the door with pre-potted mums.
  • You can also create height by turning wooden crates on their sides and adding pumpkins and mums. Or use bales of straw to create “tables” for displaying pumpkins, flowers, etc.
  • Add one or more lanterns with candles inside or pine cones and nuts.
  • Your entryway is now fresh and beautiful for your guests.

Voila! A beautiful welcome to your home that’s seasonal and affordable. Best of all – it’s easy! You have your hands full preparing the meal, so make your decorating simple but beautiful. I have some lovely Thanksgiving wreaths in the shop.

Setting the Table

A smaller wreath can be used as a table centerpiece! Place a few candles in the middle, a mason jar or whatever fall decor you have, and you will have a beautiful fall floral centerpiece for your table. Centerpieces and tablescapes can also be easily created with pumpkins, candles, and greenery from your own garden or landscaping. Pumpkins can be stacked for the center of your creation and candles on either side. Often a centerpiece is just in the middle of the table. Why not mix it up and create something that runs the length of your table? Even something as simple as a hurricane lantern filled with nuts and pinecones can bring instant beauty to your table. The possibilities are endless!

The Fireplace

The fireplace is the focal point of so many home gatherings during fall and winter. Decorating the fireplace and mantel is one of my favorite activities during these festive seasons. There are plenty of natural decorative elements that you can use to adorn your fireplace, just as with the front door and your dining table. Decorative nuts, branches of fall leaves, various size pumpkins, a family portrait, etc. A wreath can be hung above the mantel to create a focal point. Use candles, rustic window frames, hanging signs, or even mirrors.

Sunflower Designs Tip

Preparing to decorate for the holidays can seem like a daunting task. In the span of just over one month we go from decorating for Thanksgiving, to decorating for Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanza – so many celebrations! Here at Sunflower Designs, versatility is the name of the game this time of year. We recommend using elements from nature to decorate for both Thanksgiving and the December holidays. This makes the transition from November to December easier and less stressful. Use pine cones, greens, and berries from your yard or landscaping. Put popcorn in a class vase and add pinecones or nuts on top of the popcorn. It's an easy décor item that can be used on the mantle, an end table, or in the guest bath. The most important element of any décor is your personal touch. Don’t be afraid to experiment!


Helping you create a beautiful home is what @Home with Sunflower Designs is all about. Each week we offer suggestions on ways to add beauty and simplicity to your surroundings, so that you and your family can enjoy your home. Until next time… #livecreatively!

At Home with Sunflower Designs helps you create a beautiful home one wreath and one space at a time.

Ann Bryant, Owner & Designer
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