15 Creative Ways to Celebrate Thanksgiving

Need Thanksgiving decorating ideas? These inspiring ideas will help you create a memorable Thanksgiving or Friendsgiving this year, from feasting and decorating to gratitude and new family traditions
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Does decorating for Thanksgiving or Friendsgiving have you stumped? Maybe the thought of decorating for Thanksgiving is overwhelming because you're worn out from Halloween and stressed about Christmas and you don't know where to start!

I've joined with 14 of my favorite home decor bloggers, hosted by Rachel of The Ponds Farmhouse, to show you how!

  • How to decorate for Thanksgiving or Friendsgiving 
  • How to create a table that your friends and family will remember for years to come! 
  • How to keep it simple or go all out
  • How to make Thanksgiving memorable

Whether it's table decorating ideas you need, or a simple centerpiece. Maybe you're looking for new Thanksgiving traditions to embrace as a family or you need some gratitude ideas! Keep reading for those and more wonderful, amazing and memorable ideas to create a Thanksgiving celebration you'll be proud to host!

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I grew up in Canada, where Thanksgiving is celebrated in early October so when I moved to the US, it was a bit of a shock to have so little time between Thanksgiving and Christmas. I've had to get creative to give this holiday its due.  Yes we all love football and pie, hanging out with friends and family and feasting, but being intentional about gratitude is so important! We don't speak about what we're thankful for enough, and I love keeping that tradition alive in my home! Here are some of the ways I've decorated for Thanksgiving in the past:

Ways to Celebrate Thanksgiving and Friendsgiving

If you'd like to read more details about each tutorial or idea, please just tap on the blue link in the title and you'll go directly to that blogger's post where you can read all about it!

Cindy - DIY Beautify

Easy tips to set a memorable Thanksgiving table with printable place setting cards that can double as a gratitude garland as well as vintage blue and white dishes and easy copper painted pumpkins!

Rachel - The Ponds Farmhouse

A Fall Centerpiece that’s perfect for your Thanksgiving or Friendsgiving Dining Table. It combines DIY and Vintage pieces for a unique table arrangement.

Heidi - Eleanor Rose Home

Wow your guests this Thanksgiving with an elegant, easy to make pumpkin centerpiece utilizing a real heirloom pumpkin and seasonal fresh florals.

Kristin - White Arrows Home

These easy Thanksgiving traditions make it a favorite Holiday to look
forward to all year.

Jen - Midwest Life and Style

Wow your family and friends with a simple and beautiful DIY artichoke and magnolia centerpiece for your Thanksgiving table.

Create a simple rustic centerpiece for your Thanksgiving table this year. Pretty and neutral style can be used for the entire autumn season.

Stacy - Stacy Ling

Looking for ways to organize yourself to host Thanksgiving? Here are 9 simple tips to hosting the best Thanksgiving dinner ever. Not hosting this year? Check out my Thanksgiving hostess gift ideas at the end of this post.

Ann - Dabbling and Decorating

Are you looking for simple Thanksgiving or autumn decorating ideas? Let me share a few tips and trips to help get you started!

Renae - Peacock Ridge Farm

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and that means it's time to start planning your feast! If you're not sure how to create the perfect table for your Thanksgiving celebration, don't worry. We're here to help. In this blog post we'll give you some tips on how to decorate your table for Thanksgiving. So read on and learn how to create a festive table for your holiday celebration!

Wendy - WM Design House

Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks and celebrate with friends and family. One of my favorite traditions is decorating my Thanksgiving table with my homemade cornucopia. I make it out of chicken wire and rope, and then fill it with pumpkins and gourds, feathers and flowers. It's a beautiful and festive decoration that always gets me in the Thanksgiving spirit.

Mary - Life at Bella Terra

This post is full of ideas on your Thanksgiving table-from space planning, table design, setup, place settings and unique centerpieces.

Jen - Cottage on Bunker Hill

Do you love the look of dried wheat? Me too! I love the natural color…I think it’s so pretty. I was trying to think of an interesting way to use it in my Fall decorating and came up with this dried wheat centerpiece. This is the perfect idea for your traditional Thanksgiving table. Let me show you how I made it!

Jen - Tatertots and Jello

Create a warm and inviting thanksgiving or Friendsgiving table by making a DIY table runner, pillows and a beautiful footed bowl centerpiece filled with textured, fabric-covered pumpkins and leaves.

Robyn - Robyn's French Nest

Are you hosting Thanksgiving this year? Enjoy some tips for hosting a large gathering with budget-friendly Thanksgiving table elements. At the same time, learn what pieces you can pull together from around your home, and how to best layer them. Then you can easily create a thoughtful and beautiful tablescape this Thanksgiving.

KariAnne - Thistlewood Farms

Looking for some simple ideas for your Friendsgiving table? Why not add a little blue and white with your pumpkins? Tons of simple ideas to make your holiday celebrations a little easier.

I hope you loved all these Friendsgiving and Thanksgiving decorating ideas and are able to use several to plan your own celebration this year!

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  1. Cindy,
    So glad you joined us this time. Love your creative table.

  2. The cutest ideas! I love your table so much! So much fun to party with you!

    Happy day!

  3. Such great ideas here! Thanks for participating in this fun Thanksgiving round up!

  4. What a gorgeous table!

  5. So many fun and beautiful Thanksgiving ideas. I especially love your pretty gratitude cards. What a great idea. Thank you for including my artichoke and magnolia centerpiecein your round up!


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