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To decorate for Thanksgiving, you can choose from a variety of colors and styles aside from the typical, traditional theme for decorating. Choose from the many colors, items, and accent pieces in the following table to get ideas or inspiration for your Thanksgiving decorating.

Because Thanksgiving is centered around celebrating a bountiful harvest, preserved flowers and displays of fruit fit into the decorating scheme. Although you may not like the idea of decorating with potatoes or rhubarb, you can refer to their colors when choosing accessories or accent pieces. Of course, if you want to decorate with sweet potatoes, don’t let anyone stop you!

Inspiration for Thanksgiving decoration

Colors Fabrics Botanicals Accent Items
Deep tones of reds or wines Velvets Pumpkins and gourds Woven baskets
Browns Chenille Autumn Leaves Wreaths made of natural materials such as vines, wheat, leaves, twigs, or berries
Purples in eggplant or grape Heavy cottons Twigs Metals in antiqued gold, bronze, or rust finishes (pewter is pretty for this holiday as well)
Greens: from deep sage to light pear Fleece Sheaves of wheat Earthenware
Golds: from bright yellows to antiqued gold Tweeds Nuts Candles in pillars, tapers, or votives
Creams: from ivory to white Flannels Chrysanthemums Pilgrims
Oranges: from pumpkin to sweet potato Wools Roses Native American Indians
Tapestries Fruit: pomegranates, cranberries, grapes, blackberries, kumquats, apples pears Cornucopias
Vegetables: corn, rhubarb, sweet potatoes, beets, squashes

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Dawn Simmons is a professional caterer and teaches online catering courses.

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