Now that November is here and the Halloween decorations are packed away we’re in what I call the “calm before the storm”..the few weeks in which I can enjoy the change of pace nestled in between two over-the-top holidays! I thoroughly enjoy both Halloween AND Christmas…but have to admit that I also love the quiet break between them! I still decorate for Thanksgiving…but it’s often with sparse displays of pumpkins and gourds and not a lot of fanfare! And while my Thanksgiving decor is normally minimal, this year I decided it might be time to change it up a bit–not with quantity but color! With the help of some simple DIY projects and easy treats & decorations, I added some holiday fun to my dining room that I can build on as Thanksgiving Day approaches! I’m so excited to share these colorful and EASY ideas!
colorful ways to make turkey day bright!
a little DIY
it all started with adorable paper products i picked up to use for our “friends-giving” dinner. they were so cute i knew i wanted to make something with them too!
napkins are perfect for a decoupage project…and this pumpkin will later match my tabletop when it’s time to eat!
the bumps & bruises can be hidden behind the decoupage decorations and colorful blooms on top add the finishing touch! it might not turn into a carriage…but it still looks magical to me!
placed on a piece of wood and surrounded with mini gourds, this colorful DIY becomes a simple & colorful centerpiece!
i use the desk in my dining room to dish out sugar all year long…so i’m keeping it treat-ready for holiday callers!
i recycled some past decorations and added fresh color to brighten them up!
my dried corn from the tailgate party gets a makeover with flowers, butterfly clips and painted leaves…
and matching jars of bright gumballs flank my Confection Deception cake!
you might guess from the name that it is indeed a fake cake! i love it for decor and when i need to serve guests, the bakery can whip up an edible version that looks just like it!
but for now, i can decorate the top with glittered acorns and leaves…something i wouldn’t put on the real one!
when we don’t have guests, these pretty plates can sit empty beside the cake and the candy jars…
but when visitors come calling…they get topped with pantry goodies!
and in-a-pinch s’more bites! pumpkin marshmallows (leftover from Halloween) sitting on a bite of chocolate–easy!!
the skull from the Bohemian Boo party has an encore appearance on the chalk board draped with wool garlands…he looks perfect for the holiday!
for our holiday dinner the buffet will be filled with food…but until then i’m loving an assortment of recycled fans to add a huge pop of color with ease!
another simple DIY
i was so inspired by the pretty carved pumpkins turned into floral arrangements on Pinterest! but once you carve a real one, the days are numbered for it’s survival! by pulling out the artificial flowers from these fake gourds (which were clearance, floral arrangements) i can now fill them with fresh blooms and reuse them all month!
spray paint helped to transform and recycle the fall picks from the arrangements to add some bright pops of color!
now my Tom turkey really stands out!
and another pumpkin gets the addition of some extra blooms on the bar cart which is also holding the cutest napkins…i can’t wait to use them!
i’ll be sharing the full tabletop filled with easy & whimsical paper products soon…so stay tuned!
i hope you found some bright inspiration…
fill your Thanksgiving with color!
some products seen in this post can be found at~
Confection Deception: faux cake
Target: pumpkin pie napkins, napkins (for decoupage project), glittered acorns
Michaels: artificial pumpkins(DIY vases), fall floral picks, artificial leaves & flowers
Home Goods: wool garlands, pumpkin marshmallows, pumpkin truffles