Holiday Decor that Lasts from Thanksgiving to Christmas

I love decorating my home for various holidays & seasons throughout the year. Sometimes, this can be difficult when time is short. How wonderful is it then when BHG comes up with decorations that take you through Thanksgiving & on into Christmas. Not only does this save time but it also saves money. Afraid you might get bored with the decorations? Just add a few seasonal touches to perk things right up!

Holiday Decor that Lasts from Thanksgiving to Christmas

23 Elegant and Easy Thanksgiving Table Settings

23 Elegant and Easy Thanksgiving Table Settings

I like to set a beautiful table when I entertain. Corny as it may sound, I see my table as a lovely accessory that adorns my meal. The table & the food compliment one another.

I know many of you may panic at the thought of having to set a table for Thanksgiving, or any occasion this Holiday season. Table settings don’t have to be elaborate or expensive. You simply build them up, one item at a time, step back after each layer & look to see where you need more. Like accessories to an outfit, your table setting should compliment your menu, not overwhelm it! If you turkey gets lost in the setting, you have done too much.

Also, guests must be able to talk to one another across the table. If you have stacked your centerpiece so high that no one can see across it, again, you have done too much. Remember, bit by bit.

Still confused? Country Living to the rescue! They have put together 23 elegant & EASY table settings for you. I LOVE the rustic look to the setting in the photo above. Use these ideas to create your table or as a starting point for a creation of your own.

And when you are done, remember Coco Chanel’s advice concerning accessories, “Remove the last piece you put on!” Even Coco knew, we always go one step too far!

Table Settings

Thanksgiving Decorating Using Fall Finds

Thanksgiving Decorating Using Fall Finds

Thanksgiving decorations needn’t be expensive or hard to make. Autumn is a beautiful time of the year & there are many pieces you can use in your decorations right outside your door. You can also find great items to use to decorate in the grocery store produce aisle. You must simply open your imagination & see all the possibilities around you! Still feeling stuck? Lucky for you BHG has put together a selection of Thanksgiving decorations using Autumn items. Thanksgiving is when we celebrate the harvest, we give thanks for all the beauty & bounty nature has to offer us. It seems just right to use nature to decorate for the Holiday!

Natural Thanksgiving

Easy Thanksgiving Centerpieces

Easy Thanksgiving Centerpieces

I enjoy creating centerpieces & tablescapes. We have 2 piece in our living room that are perfect for a tablescape. What’s the difference between a centerpiece & tablescape? Well IMHO, a centerpiece is a single arrangement of flowers or other floral decoration. It may have 2-3 other pieces to go with it but the placement of this arrangement is the center of the table. A tablescape has multiple elements that can spread along the entire table. While this may seem more difficult to create, I find it’s actually easier. Instead of all the emphasis being on the one piece, bits of colors & decor spread out across your table.  It can be very expensive to purchase a pre-made centerpiece for you Thanksgiving (or any other) table. A tablescape should use small pieces that simple add a splash of color to your table. In the photo above, the pears & small pumpkins can be used all along the table. I would call the table decoration in the photo a tablescape.

Whatever you call it, it can be easy & fun. Simple add bits & pieces to the bare spots in your table, step back & fill in where you see the need. To help you get started, Midwest Living offers a selection of easy centerpieces for your Thanksgiving table. Now, relax & have fun with it!

Thanksgiving Centerpieces

14 Festive Thanksgiving Centerpieces

14 Festive Thanksgiving Centerpieces

I love adding a centerpiece to my table or even my sideboard. However, buying one can be incredibly expensive. At one time, I was intimidated by the thought of making my own centerpieces. Then I discovered ways to create wonderful centerpieces without the stress! It simply takes a bit of time, slowly building the piece, adding bits & pieces to it until it looks just like I want. Look at the photo. That centerpiece is beautiful! It is also very simple. All You shows ways to make centerpieces for your Thanksgiving table & your home. Create an elegant statement in your home this Thanksgiving without the expense or stress. It is much easier than you think!

Thanksgiving Centerpieces

Simple Thanksgiving Crafts

Simple Thanksgiving Crafts

I love decorating my home for different holidays & different seasons. This can get expensive if you aren’t very careful. I rely on the $ stores & thrift shops for many of my decorations & materials I use to create unique pieces. Making your own decorations helps you create the seasonal look you want while saving you money. Southern Living has put together a great selection of Thanksgiving crafts you can create to decorate you home, table & more! Enjoy!

Simple Thanksgiving Crafts

10 Fun Thanksgiving Crafts

10 Fun Thanksgiving CraftsHow often do we complain about having to do ALL the work for Thanksgiving? Thanksgiving is a FAMILY event & I believe the entire family should help prepare for it. Mr. D & The Child help me shop for our celebration. Then on Thanksgiving, Mr. D serves my Mimosas after I put all the food on to cook!

You kids can help with Thanksgiving by making these darling crafts that can be used as part of your decorations. I LOVE the turkey place cards above. What a cute idea! Thanks go out to Woman’s Day for these clever ideas!

Thanksgiving Crafts