Thanksgiving Décor: 3 Areas You Need to Decorate This Year

Learn the three areas of your home you need to decorate this Thanksgiving. | Diary of a DIYer

Thanksgiving marks the start of my favorite time of year. The holiday season can be stressful with all of the entertaining and planning that goes on—so much that sometimes your home’s décor takes a backseat to all the hustle and bustle.

I’ll let you in on a little secret: there’s an easy way to decorate for Thanksgiving. Keep it to the basics and you’ll be well on your way to a stress-free holiday.

Think of where your guests will spend the most time. Odds are your kitchen and dining room are two strong guesses, so be sure to put emphasis on those areas. Your entryway is also important especially if you’re expecting a lot of first-time visitors.

Read on to learn how to decorate these spaces and get your home ready for Thanksgiving!


Redecorate your entryway for Thanksgiving to make the space feel warm and inviting.

Hang a Holiday Banner

I love this simple Give Thanks banner that Erin from Earnest Home Co. made. With easy step by step directions provided, the hardest part of this project is probably getting all the supplies together. I would hang a holiday banner off of a rectangular mirror or a console table.

Mix Rustic with Elegant

One way to create a cozy yet sophisticated atmosphere for your guests to walk into is to mix rustic elements with elegant pieces. Place candles in a decorative container (like a Mason jar or apothecary jar) for a warm glow. Add rustic bits of nature such as small white pumpkins or fall foliage.


You’ll be spending a lot of time in the kitchen this Thanksgiving whether you’re cooking or not. A good rule of thumb for Thanksgiving kitchen décor is to keep it simple. After all, the room’s main purpose is to prepare the yummy meal your family is about to eat.

Chalkboard Menu

Use a chalk menu board to either display your dinner or drinks menu. Even a simple Thanksgiving greeting would work as well. Are you an artist? No? Doesn’t matter. It’ll still give your kitchen a personal touch and make your guests feel at home.


What’s more festive than a cornucopia? If you have the extra counter space, a cornucopia makes for the perfect holiday display. After all, Thanksgiving is about celebrating a plentiful harvest. A few items you can fill it with are mini pumpkins, dried corn and pinecones.

Kitchen Table

When it comes to creating your Thanksgiving tablescape this year, decorate it with the same principles of the kitchen: simple yet festive. No need to overwhelm your guests with decorations and food.  

Personalized Place Cards

Create personalized place cards for each guest. If you like to keep seating super organized, you might as well do it with style! There are a lot of options for making your own place cards, from showing off your calligraphy skills to making a tiny wreath out of rosemary like Teri at Spoon Fork Bacon did.

Burlap Runner

Burlap is a fabric used time and time again in fall décor. Find a piece long enough to span the length of your table to act as your runner. Not only will it provide a good foundation for more fall-themed décor, but it’ll add a unique texture as well.

Decorating your home for Thanksgiving doesn’t have to be difficult. Focus on your entryway, kitchen and kitchen table – that’s it! These three areas are the most frequented spots in your home and your guests will appreciate the detail you put in to decorating.

Got any big plans for Thanksgiving this year? Let me know in the comments below or reach out to me on Facebook!

Header photo courtesy of vxla on Flickr.