Families all across the US gather on Thanksgiving to eat loads of food, make memories, and of course, give thanks. The holiday paints a vivid picture of celebrating abundance and cherishing the ones you love. As with any holiday, decorating is an important part of getting into the festive spirit. We’ll give you some Thanksgiving decoration ideas that’ll make this the best Thanksgiving you’ve ever had! Before you decorate though, you may wonder why we celebrate Thanksgiving in the first place. Not to worry–we’ll walk you through the origins of Thanksgiving, what it represents, and why we celebrate it. Grab a slice of pumpkin pie and keep reading
Why do we celebrate Thanksgiving?
You may have been taught that Thanksgiving started when Native Americans and pilgrims shared an abundant feast together. And that’s true–kind of. The Wampanoag tribe taught the pilgrims how to cultivate North American crops so they could survive the winters. After the first successful harvest, they shared a bountiful feast and formed an alliance (although it was short-lived). Pilgrims had occasional days of thanksgiving after this, but it wasn’t an officially-celebrated holiday. President Abraham Lincoln announced a national thanksgiving in 1863 as a way to pray for blessings, safety, and abundant harvests. Every president after this announced a day of thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday of November for decades. Finally, in 1942, Thanksgiving became the official national holiday that we celebrate today.
As the US grew more urban and diverse, Thanksgiving shed its religious influence so more people could partake in celebrating. The Thanksgiving we know today centers mostly around families and friends gathering together and sharing food and joy. Many families live far from each other nowadays, so Thanksgiving gives folks a chance to meet up once again. Some folks either can’t meet up with their families, or have a lot of people to see over the holidays. Some people also want to start new traditions. This gave rise to a trend known as Friendsgiving. You may have heard about Friendsgiving in recent years. What exactly is it, though? Don’t worry, we’ve got all the facts on the new fall sensation.
What is Friendsgiving?
Friendsgiving is a potluck-style event for friends to try new foods and get together. It’s often a thoroughly-planned event, including meal coordination and even rules for prepping and assigning dishes. Friendsgiving focuses more on the idea of breaking family traditions and starting new ones. The traditional Thanksgiving foods include turkey, pumpkin pie, stuffing, mashed potatoes, and cranberry sauce. While the Thanksgiving menu may differ from home to home, the meaning of Thanksgiving remains the same. People also often put up Thanksgiving decorations to welcome the holiday and get festive. What’s the best way to decorate for Thanksgiving, though? Thankfully, we’ll give you a run-down on how to decorate for the holiday!
How to decorate for Thanksgiving?
When you think of Thanksgiving decoration ideas, what comes to mind? You’re probably thinking of turkeys, pumpkins, cornucopias, and orange leaves. These are some of the best themes to use in your Thanksgiving decor! Now the real question is, where do you put all these decorations? Well, Thanksgiving is all about gathering at the table, so you’ll need Thanksgiving table decorations for sure. These include plates, tablecloths, and of course, a Thanksgiving centerpiece to complete your table. These decorations will make your friends and family feel right at home as they share a lovely homemade feast. (Or maybe your feast is take-out. No judgment here!)
Only your guests will see those decorations though, and you want everyone to know how festive you are! To show everyone your holiday spirit, you’ll need some Thanksgiving outdoor decorations to pumpkin spice things up. The most fun way to do this is to set up a Thanksgiving inflatable or two! These cute and creative decorations will make your yard the talk of the town. Thanksgiving themed inflatables are quite plentiful, so it’ll be quite easy to get your hands on one. And of course, you can’t go wrong with more traditional Thanksgiving decoration ideas. We’re talking leaves, pumpkins, fall wreaths, and anything that says “thanks” on it. Keep reading to see our suggestions for all different kinds of fun and festive Thanksgiving decoration ideas!
Outdoor Thanksgiving Decorations
Your front yard is the first thing your loved ones will see when they visit for the holidays. To give them a warm Thanksgiving welcome, you’ll need a lively and lovable inflatable! You can find inflatables of all kinds, but you’ll most often see inflatable turkey around town. Turkeys wear the Thanksgiving crown as the most recognizable symbol of the holiday season. You’d be hard pressed to not find a turkey inflatable around this time of year! Turkeys don’t hog all the spotlight, though. You’ll commonly spot cornucopias, farm animals, and pumpkins staked out on people’s front lawns. What designs will you find on the market? We’ll give you a peek into what’s available!
6 Clever Thanksgiving Inflatables That Will Spice Up Your Holiday Gathering
One of Thanksgiving decoration ideas, Inflatables continue to sweep the nation as their popularity rises during the holidays, and Thanksgiving is no exception. If you are looking for something cute, fun, and playful, these Thanksgiving inflatables do the best job!
Standing at 6 feet tall, this Give Thanks Turkey Inflatable gives a thoughtful reminder to everyone visiting your humble abode. Sometimes people forget what Thanksgiving is all about, and this big fella’s got your back. He does such a great job holding up his sign for all your guests! Be sure to reward him with some pumpkin pie when he’s done. He shines brightly in the night, too. He comes with LED lights so you’ll remember to give thanks no matter the time of day. Also, just look at that adorable hat and bowtie. He’s dressed to the nines for your wonderful Thanksgiving gathering. He’s gotta look nice for all your visitors, after all!
Turkeys That Are Dressed to Impress
Speaking of looking nice, this inflatable turkey certainly got the memo. Meet Gobbles the Turkey! This dapper young fowl eagerly awaits to greet your guests with a great big smile. He stands at 6 feet tall, so even folks down the street can easily see his festive attire. Gobbles feels right at home if there are pumpkins and leaves nearby, so be sure to surround him with plenty! He comes with LED lights built in to make his beaming smile even brighter. That’s not all with the lights, though. The lights swirl around, creating some mesmerizing lighting effects! This turkey sure knows how to throw a party!
Next up in the lineup for stylish birds is this Turkey Sitting on a Straw Bale. Check out his green coat and hat! He hand-picked (or should we say feather-picked?) this getup just to astound and charm your Thanksgiving guests. This inflatable stands 6 feet tall, hay bale and all. His friends are all taller than him, so he climbed on the hay bale to become tall like them. He lights up the night with bright LED lights to help your friends to the door. And just look how happy he is to see everyone! He’s cheering for joy as your guests come to the door one by one. He even brought some pumpkins and squash to share at the Thanksgiving dinner table! How sweet of him!
Critters to Cater Your Thanksgiving Affairs
The green-attired turkey wasn’t the only one who brought food to the Thanksgiving table. These little forest friends brought a whole cornucopia full of food to share! This Inflatable Animals With Cornucopia lays 6 feet long–now that’s a big cornucopia! Each animal here lovingly packed their bounty into this curved basket just for you and your loved ones. Look how happy they are to share with you! (Except for the squirrel. Don’t touch his acorn.) Each of them glows brightly in the night thanks to the LED lights built into the inflatable. Your guests will have an easy time finding your home with these luminous little critters adorning your yard.
Wanna talk about making it easy to get to your house? This helpful turkey just cut your grass so your guests can see the walkway! The Inflatable Turkey Driving a Tractor is a whopping 8 feet long, so he’s absolutely the star of your yard. He drove all the way from his farm to keep your lawn looking prim and proper for Thanksgiving Day. And he definitely looks the part! He’s got overalls for a hard day’s work, and a straw hat to shield his eyes from the bright sun. But this Thanksgiving decoration glows just as brightly in the night thanks to the built-in LED lights. This turkey works all day and night to keep your lawn looking great and give your neighborhood smiles. Look, he even brought some corn with him! Someone is sure to snatch it if they’re hungry, though…
We knew it! This Turkey Holding a Corn Inflatable nabbed the farmer’s corn right off his tractor! This thief stands (well, sits) 5 feet tall and 7 feet long. He lights up the night with his LED lights, waiting for more food to loot. And look, he’s surrounded by more Thanksgiving goodies. Did he take those from the farmer, too? Or did he grab them from the forest creatures? We’re not sure, but we know for certain he stole that corn he’s stuffing into his face. But really, how mad can we be? Honestly, that corn looked really good, so we can’t blame him. Still, he could’ve asked. We’re sure the farmer would’ve been more than happy to share.
As fun as yard inflatables are, they’re just the tip of the cornstalk when it comes to Thanksgiving decorations. If you’re looking for more traditional decor to soup up your home, we’ve got you (and your door) covered.
Thanksgiving Door Decor
The next thing your guests see after your yard is your door. If you want to get really festive, door decorations are essential. You want to give a warm welcome to your loved ones on Thanksgiving, right? These door decorations will charm anyone who visits you this year. First off, you’ll need some decorative pumpkins. After all, what’s the Thanksgiving season without pumpkin decorations? You could easily get real pumpkins at the store, but these will only last a few weeks before they rot. Artificial pumpkins will save you the yearly grocery store trip and will last much longer. It also wouldn’t hurt to get some hay bales to put your pumpkins on! Hay bales add a level of authenticity to all your Thanksgiving decoration ideas. You can play around with stacking, different sizes and heights, and so much more! The possibilities are endless!
Fake leaves and fallen acorns will add even more character to your door and porch setup. This decor set provides all the little leaves and tree nuts you could hope for. (And you get more pumpkin decor! Score!) Plus, these won’t attract bugs to your porch. That’s something we can all be thankful for. But the real headliner for any Thanksgiving door arrangement is something that sends a message. Something that says “give thanks.” Why not send that message with these Give Thanks Door Decor Signs? These display beautiful Thanksgiving-themed illustrations that inspire gratitude and warm hearts. And last but not least, every door should be christened with a Thanksgiving garland. Maple leaves are an iconic Thanksgiving motif, and a Maple Leaf Garland would be perfect for adorning your door and porch.
What will your guests see once you invite them inside? Have you thought about how to decorate your table yet? If you haven’t, don’t worry! You’ve got lots of options, and we’ll provide them for you.
How to decorate Thanksgiving Table?
The table is where you and yours will spend most of your time, so you’ll want it to look spectacular. How should you decorate it, though? What kinds of Thanksgiving table decor should you use? Well, for starters, you can’t have a Thanksgiving feast without plates to serve all the yummy food! Disposable plates work perfectly, especially if you’re in a time crunch or have a lot of guests.
If you’re looking for a light, but not too light theme, this Leaf and Pumpkin Thanksgiving Plate Set is perfect. The off-white background lightens the mood without making things so bright. If you prefer a more playful and vibrant theme for your gathering, you’ve got an option for that, too. This Harvest Thanksgiving Plate Set creates a lively and cheerful energy to any Thanksgiving party. For those who want an elegant set, look no further. You’ll host the most grand and stylish dinner with the Thankful and Blessed Thanksgiving Plate Set.
While plates are the main attraction at the dinner table, they’re not the only part of Thanksgiving table setting. Gracing your guests with other table centerpieces is fundamental to decorating for the holiday. Why not scatter some artificial maple leaves across the table? Your dining room will feel like fall without having to bring in bug-covered leaves from outside. Sounds like a win-win! The same goes for pumpkins. No one wants a stinky old pumpkin on their table (at least, we hope not). You could go with the classic orange look, or you could try out some artificial white pumpkins this year.
White pumpkin decor has become quite popular, and classes up any Thanksgiving event you’ll host. Even more fun are Thanksgiving crackers! These are most common around Christmas, but who says Christmas gets to have all the fun? Watch as your younger guests excitedly open these no-snap, no-pop crackers. They come prefilled with little toys that they can trade with each other. And who knows? Maybe your adult friends and family will want to explore their inner child and open some, too!
Now that you have some Thanksgiving decoration ideas floating around your head, you’ve got some shopping to do. What’s the best place to get all of these goodies, though? We’ve got the answer for you! Keep reading to learn where you can get all of these wonderful decorations.
Where to buy thanksgiving decorations?
It’s time to buy! But before you buy, where should you look for the decor of your dreams? Of all the ways you can purchase your Thanksgiving decor, we highly recommend buying online. You’ll find way more designs browsing the web than you will at any department store. They usually run out of their best designs, too, and then you have to hope they get a shipment soon. You can turn your hopes into reality when you get all your decorations from the Internet. You also won’t have to worry about crowded aisles and risk getting sick just for some decorative pumpkins. Ready to turn your house into a Thanksgiving wonderland? Check out these festive and fun Thanksgiving decorations to give you some more Thanksgiving decoration ideas!