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3 Last Minute Ways to Decorate Your Home For Thanksgiving

Here we are with another Thanksgiving upon us!  Are you ready?  It’s funny how you never know how fast a year has gone by until the holidays hit, isn’t it?  I was in a big push to get our coffee table completed for the living room before family arrived.

Thanksgiving home decor

One thing that I didn’t think about was the Fall decor I’d need for the table because I didn’t really think it would get done in time, but luckily it did!  Here I was at the 11th hour trying to decide how to style the coffee table before everyone arrives.  I spent 3 days looking for Fall home decor and guess what?  It was like finding a needle in a haystack!  I finally did find something at Pier 1, but it took going to 10 different stores to find something because stores were either completely out or they had put everything away to make room for Christmas decor.

Before I found Fall decor at Pier 1, I really had to think about how I was going to add Fall to the table so that it wasn’t so plain and bare.  I came up with 3 ways to style the table had I not found anything in a store.

Pumpkins, Gourds, and Other Foods

Now I don’t grow pumpkins, but there are plenty as the grocery store!  Our local Lowes Foods (yes, there is a grocery store here in North Carolina called Lowes) has the most amazing looking pumpkins and gourds.

How to decorate your home for Fall

You don’t have to stick with just pumpkins and gourds.  Think of all the other colorful foods like eggplant, cucumbers, tomatoes, and squash.

They are not expensive and with all of the natural, vibrant colors, they are sure to bring some pizazz to any room or tablescape!  You can,

  • Place them in a cornucopia
  • Put one on top of a candlestick instead of using a candle
  • Put them in a basket
  • Place them in galvanized buckets
  • Set them on burlap fabric


Pine cones are plentiful outside, thank goodness!  Just a quick walk outside and you can grab as many pine cones as you need.

You can,

  • Place them in a decorative basket
  • Put them in a colorful mesh bag
  • Use them as table decoration
  • String them up and use them as your front door decor

Wish you had the scented pine cones?  You can!  Pour cinnamon into a plastic bag.  Grab some good ol’ fashioned Elmer’s glue and place in various areas of the pine cone.  Put the pine cone inside the plastic bag with the cinnamon and shake.  Now your pine cone has cinnamon on it and smells wonderful!


Y’all if nothing else, I know you probably have some leaves that have changed colors in your yard.  Head on outside and grab as many as you want.

Fall decor inspiration

You can,

  • Put them in a basket
  • Let them fall (no pun intended 🙂 ) where they may on your table as a part of your tablescape
  • Place one at each place setting and use as place cards
  • Fill your mantle with them!

As you can see, you don’t have to spend a ton of money to decorate your home for the Fall and Thanksgiving!

Well, y’all my house is getting fuller by the minute with all the family coming into town to spend Thanksgiving with us.  I just heard the doorbell, which means someone else just got here!  I better head on downstairs and see who it is!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!




  1. candy says

    Wow that is some tablescape for Thanksgiving. Think it is really pretty and have to have a huge table. Using different foods from the garden is wonderful.

  2. Emily says

    I love the idea of decorating with veggies and other foods. That is such a creative and simple way to decorate! The colors in pumpkins, gourds, carrots, and even sweet potatoes are the perfect fall colors.

  3. Cyn Gagen says

    Those are such great decorating ideas. I love that Thanksgiving is one of the easier holidays to decorate for. You can bring in so much from nature and create a lovely display.

  4. Anna Gomez says

    Highly recommend your blog to everyone. Especially this post was quite detailed, and upto the mark. I just stopped by to tell you that it is pretty well written. Keep going

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