It’s that time of year and Thanksgiving is right around the corner. If you’re hosting a Thanksgiving party, you probably have the food all planned out. But what about décor? Planning to use the stuff in that bin from last year?

While Thanksgiving is generally considered the biggest food-centered holiday, the ambiance of a party can be just as important as the menu. And there’s more to creating a warm, inviting atmosphere than just a fancy centerpiece.

But luckily, planning out your party décor does not need to be a chore! Follow these four simple steps to get your home ready for an impressive Thanksgiving feast.

Step 1: Decide on Your Theme

Every party needs a theme. This may sound silly—you’re probably thinking, “The theme is Thanksgiving, isn’t it?” Yes, but an overall theme for your décor will help you make choices that are cohesive and complimentary. So take a minute to consider your theme.

Some ideas are plaid, chic, country, vintage, etc.

Step 2: Decide on Your Colors

In line with your theme, make sure to choose a color scheme to guide your decoration decisions. Color choices may be influenced by your theme, such as creams and pastels for a chic vibe, or bright reds, oranges, and blues for a plaid theme.

Step 3: Decide on Your Budget

It may be helpful to get a handle on your budget early in the planning stages. Some decorations can be spendy, and some may be a quick and easy DIY project for cheap! Knowing how much you can spend overall will dictate where you need to prioritize. And if you aren’t super crafty, you may choose to just purchase your decorations instead of attempting a Pinterest win (or fail).

Step 4: Cover All Areas of Your Home

Yes, Thanksgiving will be centralized around the kitchen and dining room, but your plans should include décor for all five main areas:

  1. Dining table
  2. Kids’ table
  3. Front door (and entry way)
  4. Living room
  5. Kitchen

Let’s go over some fun ideas for each.

DINING TABLE

Depending on a number of factors, the decorations you choose for your dining table may be elaborate or more on the modest side.

Consider these few options when planning your table decorations:

Individual Place Settings

Each individual place setting can be customized for each guest. Here are a few of our favorite ideas:

  • Create custom-stamped napkin holders with a cheerful message, threaded together with a ribbon.
  • Customize your cocktail napkins by stamping a colorful, holiday-themed message or design on each one.
  • Paint each guest’s name onto a rock or small pumpkin to use as place cards.
  • Get your guests in the Thanksgiving spirit by creating handmade placemats that allow them to write about what they are thankful for.
  • Use extra garnishments such as cinnamon, a sprig of greenery, or a seasonal fruit as part of your decorations.

Centerpiece

The centerpiece is typically the main display for any Thanksgiving party. Here are a few ideas that will leave your guests impressed:

  • Using candles in a centerpiece can help create a warm, intimate feeling in the room.
  • Try selecting varying heights of pillar candles (all the same color) and arrange them on a tray in the center of the table.
  • Add some texture by including bundles of wheat. Level this up a bit by wrapping the bundles in colored yarn or ribbon.
  • Bring in some brightness and tie together your color theme with floral arrangements. Blazing oranges, reds, and deep purples are spot on for a fall-themed party.
  • Try including vintage items such as old spice or coffee tins in your table display for a touch of history and sophistication.
  • Don’t be afraid to bring the outdoors to your table by using pumpkins, apples, nuts, acorns, and even oranges.

KIDS’ TABLE

At any family gathering, it’s always a nice touch to include a special spot where the kids can gather without the adults.

To put together a fun kids’ table, try a few of these ideas:

  • Use a paper tablecloth and set out jars full of crayons and markers.
  • Instead of a paper tablecloth, create customizable placemats for each child to color on.
  • Include bowls and jars of yummy treats.
  • Find a variety of travel-sized games or activity books to place at the table.

DOOR/ENTRY

Start the party off on the right foot with a beautiful Thanksgiving display, even before your guests enter your house.

Try one of these fun ideas on your front door:

  • Create a festive wreath from materials such as pinecones, wheat, or even cornhusks!
  • Use paint or ribbons for a pop of color.
  • Greet your guests with cheer by swapping the wreath for a chalkboard message board.

LIVING ROOM

The living room can be just as important as the dining room when it comes to family gatherings.

Here are a few ideas to bring this room into your décor theme:

  • Use painted mason jars with candles to add warmth and color.
  • Create wall art such as a banner with a thankful message or garland made of walnuts or pinecones.
  • Print festive designs and messages and put them in wooden frames to display on tables throughout the room.
  • Don’t forget about the fireplace mantle—use candles with mini-wreaths, festive frames, or little painted pumpkins.

KITCHEN

Your kitchen does not need to look like a war zone after preparing a meal for dozens of your closest friends and family!

Here are a few ideas that will bring your theme into your kitchen (and make it look like you really have thought of everything!):

  • Use items like cake stands, tins, vintage dishes, and tiered dessert trays to put your goodies at center stage by creating a dessert station.
  • Find a few non-traditional items to help you display your Thanksgiving feast. This could include unfinished wood slices, a hallowed out pumpkin, or cloth-lined baskets.
  • Use handwritten menu cards to show off each item on the menu.

With the right plan and armed with dozens of ideas, you’ll be sure to throw a Thanksgiving party to impress your guests and spread the holiday joy.

DECLUTTER YOUR HOME CHECKLIST

Follow our easy to use declutter your home checklist to get rid of clutter.

Clutter isn’t just annoying. It can cause real problems. Clutter includes anything around your home that does not add value or that has a negative effect on your mental and physical health.


Excessive clutter has been tied to issues such as depression and obesity in some extreme cases.


Besides the health-related benefits, the reasons to declutter your home are plenty.


Not only will you free up space for hosting holiday events and family gatherings, decluttering can make life easier. With less stuff to manage, you’ll spend less time and energy cleaning, organizing, and sorting through piles to find things.


The declutter your home checklist will decrease stress and help you feel more accomplished and in control of your life.


Getting rid of unwanted junk and the less-used items in your life will create space that allows you and

your family to truly enjoy your home for the holidays.


So how do you get started? Just thinking about attacking an entire house can be daunting, to say the
least. But decluttering does not need to be painful (yes, it can actually be kind of fun!).


Declutter your home checklist steps:


Step 1: Make a Plan of Attack

– First, you need a plan. This will help you stay focused and decrease your frustration. Here are a few tips on how to make a solid decluttering plan:


– List out all areas and rooms you want to tackle. For pre-holiday decluttering, focus in on common living spaces such as the kitchen, living room, dining room, and bedrooms. Focus less on areas out of reach like the attic, possibly the basement, and other rooms that won’t be accessed frequently.


– Give each room two ratings. The first rating should be given for the level of decluttering needed in that room. Rate the worst rooms a 1 and the best rooms a 5. The second rating should be based on frequency of use. Give the most frequently used rooms a 1 and the least used rooms a 5. Then add up each room’s two ratings and sort the rooms in order of priority, with the lowest rated rooms on the top of the list.


-Now set completion dates and schedule blocks of time on your calendar when you’ll work on each room.


Step 2: Make a Sorting System


Most effective sorting systems involve multiple categories, such as:


– Keep

– Recycle

– Donate – Salvation Army (drop-off and pick-up available)- Donate to the Disabled American Veterans of Minnesota (drop-off and pick-up available)- Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity (drop-off only)


– Sell – Facebook marketplace


– You may choose to add or eliminate categories from your system—go with what works best for your needs. Once you’ve chosen the categories, label boxes, bags, or bins to help you sort into the categories quickly and easily.


Step 3: Create Rules


– There are many schools of thought when it comes to decluttering. Here are some common rules of thumb to help you stay focused:


– An item can have value that comes in different forms. Some items are practical, some bring you joy, and some make life easier. If you can’t identify the value of an item, it might be time to say goodbye.


– Sentimental value is legitimate, but you must be able to connect the item to a specific person or event.


– Don’t focus on what the item cost when you first purchased it or what you might “lose” if you toss it. Focus only on the daily value of the item in your life.


– Remember the 80/20 rule. We typically only use about 20% of our stuff 80% of the time. If an item does not fall within that 20%, it’s probably not worth keeping.


– Does the item work? If not, is it worth fixing? Think quick, easy, and cheap fix, or it goes!


– If you haven’t used it in the past six months, don’t keep it.


– If you can’t decide, sleep on it and make a decision the next day.


– If you have more than one item with small variations, purge the multiples that you like the least. Do we really need 15 soup ladles?


– Use some of these rules or make your own. Either way, stick with the rules that work for you and don’t make this harder than it needs to be.


Step 4: Get Started! (Instant Quote on House Cleaning)


– So, you have a plan, a system, and a set of rules. Check! Check! Check!


– How do you actually get started? Go to the first room on your list and just dive in, right? Maybe… Or try a couple of these techniques to push you into action and keep you moving quickly!


– Start with flat surfaces like counter-tops, desktops, or shelves. These areas tend to attract the most clutter anyway. Plus, once they are done, you can use them to help you organize the rest of the stuff in the room.


– Start with the smallest piles first. Each small pile gone is a small win for you!


– Make decluttering fun! Put on some music, wear comfy clothes, get some snacks, and pour yourself a refreshing beverage. You’ll be working hard, but that doesn’t mean you have to be miserable the entire time.


– Get the family involved! Give the kids little (easy) jobs like running to get another box or taking charge of the playlist. This is their house too and they will enjoy the positive energy that the decluttering process can bring to the entire household.


– To help you stay motivated for a big decluttering job, remember why you are doing all this. Are you hosting a holiday event where you have family traveling in to stay as guests or are you selling your home and need to get it market ready? Are you excited to see that cousin you haven’t seen in years? What will you be able to do with all this extra space? If you are purging most of your wardrobe, are you going to reward yourself with a couple new pieces?


– After following this declutter your home checklist and when the cluttering dust settles, we know you’ll be impressed with your hard work. Your house will have a bright, refreshed energy with extra space and more freedom to move about and enjoy your home. You’ll have created a warm and welcoming vibe that your holiday guests are sure to never forget!