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How to Transition from Fall to Thanksgiving Decor

Leaves have been falling and the temperatures have been dropping. An unmistakable autumn chill has settled in. It’s time to add to the coziness of fall and start decorating our homes for Thanksgiving. I’m here to show how to transition from fall to Thanksgiving decor.

Thanksgiving is an understated holiday that often gets overlooked as we think about getting ready for Christmas.

Whereas Christmas decor takes on a completely different look than fall decorating, Thanksgiving is an easy transition. I think it deserves its own decorating season.

It’s amazing how a few simple touches can instantly transform your home into a warm and inviting space for celebrating this special holiday. 

So, if you’re wondering how to transition your home from fall seasonal decor to Thanksgiving decor, you’ve come to the right place!

Thanksgiving is all about gratitude, togetherness, and delicious feasting, and your home decor should reflect those sentiments.

Fortunately, it’s an easy transition from fall touches to turkey day decor. Do you already have fall colors and fall vignettes in your home?

If you. do, you are halfway to creating wonderful festive decorations with a Thanksgiving vibe.

Be sure to get your Thanksgiving Transition Printable below.

What to Do Before Adding Thanksgiving Decorations?

If you still have small hints of Halloween decorations in your home, it’s time to pack up the witches, ghosts, and goblins until next year. This is also the time to check the Halloween decorations for any breaks, cracks or rips.

I usually leave most of my fall decorations up as a foundation for the Thanksgiving decor.

You can also disassemble your fall vignettes and reuse them in new Thanksgiving decor.

Before adding new holiday decor items, I think it’s a good idea to do extra dusting and decluttering.

What Items to Use for Thanksgiving Decor?

Here’s a handy list of items to use in your Thanksgiving decor:

  • Thanksgiving-themed wreath with miniature pumpkins, pine cones, turkeys, or gourds.
rustic fall wreath
  • Warm and earthy table settings, using tablecloths, placemats, and napkins with fall colors or a turkey motif.
turkey plates and tablescape

source: William-Sonoma

  •  Personalized place cards for your dining table with turkey, cornucopia, or pilgrim designs.
  • A Thanksgiving centerpiece with fresh fall flowers, fruit, pine cones, or miniature pumpkins.
Thanksgiving centerpiece

source: Meme Hill

  •     Candles in autumn-inspired candleholders.
  •     Signs, banners, or chalkboards with heartfelt Thanksgiving messages.
Thanksgiving sign and decorations of pumpkins and white

source: Cupcake Country Girl

  •     Thanksgiving-themed garlands featuring leaves, acorns, and turkeys.
  •     Thanksgiving-themed pillow covers with quotes or designs.
  •     Pumpkins, both real and faux, decorated with messages of gratitude.
  •     Turkey-themed accessories like figurines, carvings, plates, platters or salt and pepper shakers.
white turkey centerpiece

source: LizMarieBlog

  •     Thanksgiving artwork, such as prints of cornucopias, harvests, turkeys, pilgrims or fall foliage.
  •     Outdoor decor with fall wreaths, corn stalks, pumpkins, and cozy blankets for your porch.
outdoor Thanksgiving table

source: House Beautiful

These items will help you create a warm and inviting Thanksgiving atmosphere in your home.

How to Use Decorative Items in Your Thanksgiving Decor

 Here’s a list of ways to add a touch of Thanksgiving to your home:

Thanksgiving wreath with turkeys
  • Table Settings: The Thanksgiving table is the star of the show. If you are hosting Thanksgiving dinner, don’t wait until Thanksgiving week to set the table. Let the table be part of the decorations and enjoy it the whole month. Wheat sheaves, woven chargers, and a textured runner bring in the feeling of harvest.
sheave of wheat as centerpiece

source: Pottery Barn

  • Color Scheme: In September, if you decorated with an early fall color scheme in mind, this is the time of year to give your home more depth with richer earthy colors like deep oranges, rich browns, deep burgundies, and rustic reds.
  • Candles: Scented or unscented, candles add an immediate feeling of warmth. Scented candles in the traditional Thanksgiving scents of cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves will evoke Thanksgiving warmth throughout your home. 
  • Thanksgiving Signage: Incorporate signs, banners, or chalkboards with heartfelt messages like “Grateful,” “Give Thanks,” or “Family & Friends.” Use them on your entry, on the mantel. Replace year-round artwork with a beautiful sign.
white platter with be grateful sign

source: The Country Chic Cottage

  •  Fall Garlands: Replace and add to your fall garlands with Thanksgiving-themed ones featuring leaves, acorns, and miniature turkey decorations.
wired "give thanks" sign with wired greenery

source: Honey Oh My

  • Pillow Covers: Swap out your regular throw pillow covers for ones with Thanksgiving sayings or designs. They can instantly make your living room feel cozier.
give thanks Thanksgiving pillow

source: Dear Lillie

  • Pumpkin Decor: Keep those pumpkins around. Whether real or faux, they’re the epitome of Thanksgiving decor. Paint or decorate them with messages of gratitude and display them as a focal point in your home.
three pumpkins with Thanksgiving sign
  • Turkey Time: Incorporate turkey-themed decor, like turkey figurines, plates, or even cute turkey-shaped salt and pepper shakers. Group turkeys in ceramic, wood, glass, or stone for a seasonal vignette. Create DIY decorations with wood turkey cutouts from the Dollar Tree. Paint or decoupage them’
turkey centerpiece
Thanksgiving turkey artwork
  • Outdoor Decor: Don’t forget your outdoor spaces. Decorate your porch with a new Thanksgiving wreath, hay bales, cornstalks, pumpkins, and even a cozy throw blanket on a bench.
outdoor Thanksgiving arrangement

source: Darling Celebrations

  • Bountiful Baskets: Place wicker baskets filled with seasonal fruits like apples and pears or other fall vegetables around your home for a touch of abundance.
Thanksgiving basket decor

source: Our Southern Home

Remember, there are no strict rules for Thanksgiving decor. It’s all about creating a warm, inviting atmosphere that makes your family and friends feel cherished and grateful. So have fun with it, mix and match. Let your personal style shine through.



Discover how to seamlessly transition from fall to Thanksgiving decor with our expert tips. Add warmth and gratitude to your home for the holiday season!

I hope that these suggestions and tips give you the inspiration to decorate your home for Thanksgiving. Create a warm and welcoming atmosphere that your family and friends will love.

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photos showing transition from fall to Thanksgiving decor
signature with fall leaf

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  1. After 55 years and Thanksgivings—I think I might not have hosted 8 times in all those years. My plan like every year is clean and cozy. Just finished oiling the counters and cleaning the kitchen and next the China cabinet and the blinds/screens. Even with snow on the ground here—and it stuck, Hugs for not posting Christmas—we have to be Thankful before we can move on to that. Sandi