November's Decorating Newsletter
How to Decorate a
warm and thankful holiday mood by decorating your doorstep with nature's
- Buy a plain wooden wreath and
decorate it with artificial autumn leaves, nuts, pinecones and berries. Add a
fall-colored velvet bow. Hang the wreath on the door.
- Create garlands of autumn
leaves and orange and gold Christmas lights and wrap them together around any
poles or columns.
- Place pumpkins, stalks of
Indian corn and gourds along the edges of walkways and steps. If there is room,
set them up on a hay bale.
- Buy a cornucopia (horn of
plenty) basket and arrange pumpkins, corn, gourds, apples and nuts inside so
that some of them are spilling out onto the walkway.
- Twine orange and gold lights
in any trees or plants near the doorway.
If some of your
trees are bare from cold weather, wrap garlands of artificial autumn leaves in
the branches along with colored lights.
If you want your
outdoor arrangement to last longer (or you live in an area with wild animals)
use fake vegetables and gourds instead of real ones.
How to Decorate a
beauty of the fall season indoors: Use autumn colors and the foliage and fruits
of the season to set a spectacular Thanksgiving table.
- Make or purchase an
appropriate autumn-themed or Thanksgiving centerpiece. Use a traditional
cornucopia centerpiece or an autumn floral arrangement. Scatter fall leaves and
nuts around your centerpiece.
- Use autumn-colored candles set
in wooden or rustic metal candleholders to decorate your table and to use as a
centerpiece. Arrange fall foliage, wheat sprigs, clusters of berries, nuts, and
mini pumpkins and other seasonal vegetables around the base.
- Use a large, hollowed-out
pumpkin instead of a vase to display a fall floral centerpiece. Scatter sprigs
of wheat, clusters of berries, nuts and autumn leaves around the base of the
- Set your table with a
tablecloth, table runner, place mats and napkins done in autumn-themed prints
and coordinating solids. Use prints sparingly to avoid giving your table a
"busy" look and to keep attention focused on your centerpiece.
- Use napkin rings that reflect
the season as well. Hand-paint leaves onto plain wooden napkin rings or use
purchased napkin rings that have a similar motif.
- Use your good china or dishes
done in autumn motifs and/or colors that coordinate with the colors used in
other elements of your table's decoration.
- Use clean autumn leaves as
place cards. Rinse leaves and pat dry. Write each guest's name on a leaf with a
black or gold felt-tip pen. Place one leaf in the center of each plate.
- Keep nuts in the
shell if using them as part of the centerpiece or for table decoration.
- Make sure that any
foliage or vegetables used as table decorations are clean before placing them on
the table or near food items.
- Keep your
centerpiece small if your table space is limited. Remember that you'll have to
leave room for serving platters, dishes and condiments.
- Keep the centerpiece
at a height that will allow diners an unobstructed view of each other.
- Avoid using scented
candles in your centerpiece. Their scents may interfere with the aromas of your
- Make your own
tablecloth, napkins, place mats and table runner. These items are easy to make
and add a special touch to any holiday table.
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