Top tips for creating a festive Thanksgiving

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A flock of 13 wild turkeys has decided to call my neighborhood home. What a wonderful way to usher in the fall and to give thanks, I think, every time I see their plump black and white bodies and red wrinkled heads, necks, and wattles. But if two turkey parents and their 11 kids haven’t decided to roost in your yard, how can you best capture the spirit of the season of Thanksgiving? Here are some decorating ideas:

  1. Candles in scents of pumpkin pie, apple spice, cinnamon and sugar, etc. 
  2. Front door decorations. These could be a garland of colored leaves framing your front door or a wicker cornucopia (available at any Michael’s or Joann’s or other craft store) stuffed with leaves, pine cones, fake grapes, small gourds, and other items representing harvest and abundance.
  3. Front yard ideas: Take an old flannel shirt and old jeans and stuff them with hay, secure a pumpkin sporting a painted face  for the head, add a hat, and use this variation of a scarecrow to bring some holiday humor to your yard. Or create a tower of hay barrels accented with colored gourds, Indian corn, leaves, etc. to usher in the holiday spirit.
  4. Centerpieces and other decorative tabletop displays. This could include candles, gourds, pumpkins, colored ribbon, colored leaves, fall hued glass containers (dark greens, browns, rust, yellow, etc.), or as HGTV’s website encourages “copper leaf lanterns”. Place any of these on a holiday-themed cloth placement and you have an instant centerpiece of display of fall harvest delight.  
  5. Kid-crafted decorations. What would a family holiday be without construction paper turkeys designed around your child’s hand with each finger a plume, and half paper plate birds with vivid strips of feathers adhered to its round side. And don’t forgot those black paper and foil Pilgrim hats that your children made in preschool that you proudly displayed at one time on the fridge. These bits of current artwork or nostalgia add some homemade goodness to other commercial décor offerings.

Jill L. Ferguson is a writer, speaker, crafter and former Pittsburgher.