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12 Unique Thanksgiving Decoration Ideas

Thanksgiving is around the corner, and everywhere you look you see pumpkins, cornucopias and displays of fall produce in earth tones. It’s a sight to behold! But maybe you’re looking for something a little out of the ordinary?… So are we! Which is why we’ve rounded up some of the most unique Thanksgiving decorations we could find!

Today’s post is all about the unexpected. Because sometimes it’s fun to think outside of the box and create a festive vignette that catches your guests off guard. OK, not in a pie-in-the-face, wake up call kind of way, but in a “how refreshing” sort of manner! Which of the decorations below catch your eye?

Thanksgiving Centerpiece Decorations

Exotic florals, ribbon-embellished vases, and a palette of cream, orange and plum steal the show in the centerpiece below. And yes, those grapes are faux! For more details, check out Hostess with the Mostess.

Modern Thanksgiving table decorations

Our next idea is unique precisely because it is fresh and simple. Bring on the pumpkins! But give them a special twist with vibrant leaves and a cake stand pedestal! [from The Pioneer Woman]

Simple and classic Thanksgiving centerpiece

Sometimes deliberately choosing colors that are verdant rather than warm can produce unexpected results. Gone are the mums and pumpkins in this next spread. Here to stay are the air plants, thistle and scabiosa pods, as well as an assortment of quirky containers. [from Green Wedding Shoes via More Design Please]

Plant decorations on a Thanksgiving table

Say it with fresh flowers! And berries. And vibrant hues juxtaposed with acid green accents. And a collection of glass vases. You get the idea… [from Better Homes and Gardens]

Fresh flowers for Thanksgiving

Go minimalist modern with Ovando’s floral arrangement called Succulent Beauty Mark. Note how sculptural, curved calla lily stems form a stylish bed for a single succulent. Less is definitely more!

Modern Thanksgiving floral arrangement

Why not create an apothecary look with glass jars filled with an assortment of goodies? Candy and nuts in shades chocolate and gold add richness to the display. Need another idea for filling those lidded containers? How about ribbon, as shown below? [from Better Homes and Gardens]

Thanksgiving decorations in shades of chocolate

Speaking of fillings, how about making a statement by stuffing rustic galvanized buckets with taper candles?Another unusual decision–using tree trunk-style cutting boards as chargers and plates on your Thanksgiving table! [photo by Leon Belt via HGTV.com]

The Thanksgiving table

Thanksgiving Decorations for a Festive Home

Decorating the table is one thing, but don’t leave your door bare. The Fall Wheat Wreath below is so stunning, we had to feature it twice! This creation from Dofaso.com was showcased in previous Decoist post on funky fall wreaths.

Wreath of wheat and leaves

Why not create a tabletop vignette featuring a variety of seasonal items? Branches are the perfect complement to an antique silver urn. Throw in some hydrangeas and fall produce, and the spread comes to life. Don’t forget the “FALL” letters! [from HGTV.com]

Decorations for Thanksgiving

Your walls can be as enticing as your tabletop decor when you add a fall garland. The material of choice: paper. Note how interesting shades of brown, red, yellow and orange come together to create the fall leaf garland from Alexis Mattox Design:

Fall leaf garlands for Thanksgiving

Another garland idea: dots! The selection in the next image comes from Catch My Party. Red and orange hues are ultra dynamic against a white backdrop…

Thanksgiving dot garland

Feeling crafty? These DIY paper lanterns from blogger Elise Blaha Cripe are fun to create, and the results are nothing short of fabulous. Check out the full tutorial at Enjoy It.

Thanksgiving paper lanterns

Some of the vignettes and decorations above can be created with simple materials. Don’t hesitate to open that closet and see what’s hanging around. For example, why not group your collection of vases and fill them with interesting foliage? Or take those paper scraps and construct a festive garland? Being design-savvy doesn’t have to equal spending lots of money. Whatever your budget, enjoy decorating for Thanksgiving!

Kate Simmons

Kate Simmons is a freelance writer and design blogger with a love of all things decor. She spent her childhood writing stories and working on interior design-themed DIY projects. Kate’s published writing reflects her special interest in how design has changed through the decades. Her blog Mirror80 ( http://mirror80.com/) explores the fashion and [...]

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