DIY Decor Project: Decorating For Thanksgiving

Busy planning your Thanksgiving meal? How about the decorations? Learn how easy it is to decorate using fall produce in this DIY decor project!

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A kabocha squash, which looks like a small green pumpkin decorates the table alongside mini pumpkins and a small gourd.

Do you decorate your Thanksgiving table?  Often our attention is focused more on planning on what delicious food we will prepare for the fall holiday and decorating the table can often be an afterthought.  But, did you know that a beautifully table is as close as your supermarket’s produce aisle?

Every year I pull out my grandmother’s old tablecloth to spread over our dining room table, which is the only constant decoration on our table.  Then I have fun creating new arrangements for the table – it’s fun and easy to do and I don’t have to make an extra trip to the store – I just spend a little extra time in the produce aisle picking out fruit and vegetables while shopping for my other Thanksgiving ingredients.

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A clear glass vase is transformed into tabletop decor with mini-pumpkins.

So, what type of produce are good for fall decor?  Pumpkins obviously, but apples, artichokes, citrus fruit, pomegranates, red onions and a variety of squash are also great choices for this DIY decor project.

Once you have selected your produce, then go into your dish cupboard and look for pieces like vases, serving platters, candlesticks, large bowls or even a cutting board on which to place your fruits and vegetables.

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Serving bowl filled with acorn squash, artichoke, limes, red onion and small gourd.

There isn’t a right or wrong way to arrange your produce, but you can try starting with three larger produce items in a large bowl and them fill in the leftover spaces with smaller fruit or vegetables. You could also fill a clear vase with small limes or mini pumpkins.

A serving platter can easily fit several pieces of fruit and/or vegetables.  The shape, texture and color of your produce are what adds beauty to your Thanksgiving table.

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If arranging different types of produce, is something that you don’t feel that you aren’t creative enough to do – it doesn’t get much easier than arranging mini pumpkins and a pinecone or two on a plate.

Decorating your Thanksgiving table is easy, inexpensive and you don’t have to make room to store your decorations from next year.

How do you decorate for Thanksgiving?

Noelle Johnson
Noelle Johnson is a horticulturist and certified arborist who lives and gardens in the desert Southwest. When she is not writing or helping other people with their gardens, you can find her growing fruits and vegetables, and planting flowering shrubs and maybe a cactus or two.