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How To: Contemporary Thanksgiving Decor


Thanksgiving decorations don’t have to be all cornucopias and paper turkeys (not that there’s anything wrong with those). If traditional decor just isn’t for you, express your personal style instead with contemporary table settings and decor ideas that update the traditions of Thanksgiving while remaining true to its core of generosity, warmth and plenty.

Modern wreaths
Your seasonal wreath doesn’t need to be circular. Try a triangle, a horseshoe shape or a single long sprig of greenery, held up by ribbon, decorative thread or wire. Weave in battery-powered LEDs for a 21st century wreath that glimmers prettily.

Unconventional color schemes
Take a break from the usual autumnal color scheme and surprise your guests with something unexpected this year. Pair a black tablecloth with contrasting decor — think a jewel-like purple or fresh green — or try out some on-trend pastels. Gold, silver or copper metallic accents add another dimension of interest.

Surprising floristry
Get creative with your Thanksgiving floristry – let it reflect both your personality and the unique qualities of your home. Live flowers, cacti or succulents are all striking replacements for the usual bouquets, as are arrangements of fresh fruit like pomegranates, apples, pears, clementines and oranges. Even pumpkins and gourds can be modernized with a coat of white, pastel or metallic paint to complement your color scheme.

Creative centerpieces
Build your centerpiece in a long iron or wood container, or use a row of tin cans or mason jars to line the center of the table. Exchange the conventional tall, tapered candles for a row or two of colored or mercury glass votives. Incorporate on-trend elements like antlers (real or faux), feathers or leaves dipped in gold paint and scattered along the table runner. Don’t be afraid to experiment! Your Thanksgiving table will be all the more appreciated if it expresses the personality your guests know and love.

Some images courtesy of Laura Trevey and South TX Creations on Etsy.


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