Guest Author - Connie Krochmal
Decorating for Thanksgiving can be a challenge. It is sandwiched between Halloween and Christmas. So, the decorations often receive little attention. However, this holiday should receive the full attention it deserves.
Thanksgiving is a time of reflection, a time to reflect on the harvest and what the year had to offer. So, an ideal decorating theme is the fall harvest. By using seasonal vegetables, fruits, everlastings, and foliage, you can create memorable designs that do justice to this holiday.
A cornucopia is a great beginning. In addition to the traditional vegetables and fruits of the season, why not add a few flowers and colorful foliage? Since this is for decoration only, it’s okay to use non-edible materials, such as vivid oak leaves, pine cones, dried everlastings, and bittersweet so long as you let the children know they shouldn’t consume these.
Create harvest wreaths for Thanksgiving. Start with a dried wreath form. Then add dried chili peppers, colorful ears of Indian corn, and cloves of garlic. Next, choose some captivating everlastings and foliage. Bay leaves would be suitable. So would dried herbs. Just be sure to provide some contrast in the textures, and colors of the different materials you choose.
Bittersweet wreaths are a classic way to decorate for Thanksgiving. This is usually done by starting with an ordinary grapevine wreath base, and adding eye-catching bittersweet stems with their vivid berries. Finally, for the final touch add different fruits and foliage. Pomegranates are a wonderful addition. Apples, pears, and quince would also look great.
Mini pumpkins and miniature gourds have their place in Thanksgiving festivities. They can be used in various ways for centerpieces. The ultra tiny ones are suitable for adding to wreaths. For a quick and easy colorful wreath, begin with a twig wreath form from one of the craft stores. Attach the pumpkins or gourds to the center. This weatherproof wreath could be hung indoors or outdoors in colder climates.