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6 Last Minute Thanksgiving Decorations


There is a lot of stuff that needs to be done during Thanksgiving. Getting the turkey and all the other delicious recipes ready, not to mention the desserts and appetizers, can be overwhelming. And then you still have to take care of the decorations. It’s just a huge hassle and as such, it’s always important to double down on the non-essential stuff. Decoration should not take a lot of your time.

“I like to decide the night before Thanksgiving that I'm gonna do it, and I'll see what riff raff is around. Then I get that last-minute surge of energy. But if I had two weeks to plan, sometimes I wish I wasn't doing it. But very seldom does that happen.” - Amy Sedaris

In order to help you out, here is a list of last minute Thanksgiving decoration ideas:

Chalkboard Pumpkins

Chalk painted pumpkins can be a great table decor piece
Draw on some pumpkins with chalk! Source: Popcorn Factory

It doesn’t get simpler than this, does it? Chalkboard pumpkins are simple and perfectly themed for Thanksgiving. All you need are two large sized pumpkins. Paint them black and use a chalk to write down a special Thanksgiving message for your family and guests. Set the pumpkins anywhere in the house where people can see them. You can also apply chalkboard paint to:

  • Walls/li>
  • Exterior doors/li>
  • Lamps/li>
  • Tables/li>
  • Kitchen cabinets/li>
  • Bowls/li>
  • Cups/li>
  • The refrigerator

Thankful Silverware Holder

Place mat cards for placement
Cards can actually add a great deal to the table. Source: The Idea Room

It’s Thanksgiving, and everyone has something to be thankful for, right? Well, you can convert your silverware holders to specialized notes where guests write what they are thankful for. The messages can later be read during dessert. This is a great bonding exercise. It will bring out the true meaning of Thanksgiving while ensuring that your dinner table is decorated well enough.

Turkey Napkin Fold

DIY tablescapes to impress all your friends and family
The simple act of folding a napkin can contribute to tablescaping. Source: Spark the Occasion

At face value, the turkey napkin may look ordinary and simple. However, if folded right, it can be a great piece of décor on your dinner table. And it doesn’t have to be an elaborate fold. You can even give it to your kids and have them try to fold it. The aim is to get the ordinary look of the napkin and add a fun and unique fold that will get everyone talking.

Gourd Vases

These vegetative decor objects can add a lot to the table
Use gourds as planters! Source: Disney

This decoration is the ideal last minute fix. Picture this situation. Your guests are about to start coming in and right there you realize that you forgot to put a vase on the dinner table. No need to worry. Get a few hollow, faux gourds, curve open the top and fill them up with an array of colored flowers. Set up the table and let everyone dazzle at your creativity.

Rosemary Wreath Place Cards

Rosemary provides natural and peaceful decor
Natural tablescape setting. Source: Spook Fork Bacon

If you are looking for the perfect rustic touch to your dinner table, these rosemary wreath place cards are just perfect for you. What we really love about them is not just the fact that they are very authentic, they also smell nice. The wreath will make your table look great and your dining area will have an inviting earthy fragrance.

Gilded Mini Pumpkins

Make your pumpkin shine bright and gold
Guilded pumpkin table decor.Source: Olivia Frescura

You must have noticed that a few decorations in this list are pumpkin themed. There is a simple reason for this. Pumpkins can be customized fast and are aligned with the whole Thanksgiving theme. However, this gilded mini pumpkin decoration takes things to another level.

All you need is to gold spray a few medium sized pumpkins and set them on the table. You can add a great twist to this decoration by combining bigger and smaller gold sprayed pumpkins. The bigger one should be set just in the middle of the dinner table. The smaller ones should go around it.

In a Thanksgiving that is packed and busy in every minute, the last thing you need is to spend hours with decorations around the house. The great thing is that you don’t actually have to. There are many simple last minute Thanksgiving decoration ideas that are easy to set up. The decorations will take less time, less hassle, and above all, they will still be magical.

Decorations for Thanksgiving can sometimes take time. However, if you are just looking for quick decoration fixes that still have a magical feel to them, there are many options to explore. The ones above offer a great start. They are simple DIY projects that can be done in no time.

Related: 8 DIY Ideas to Decorate Your Home for Thanksgiving

Like these ideas? Which ones are you going to take to heart? Let us know in the comments below!

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