Thanksgiving Decorations

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As a Brit I am fascinated by the American Thanksgiving tradition and it’s origins in English thanksgiving services, which were introduced after the English church broke with Rome in 1536.

Unfortunately, the thanksgiving tradition was lost in England after our civil war and although, we celebrate harvest festival in the UK it is very low key and really only marked in schools.

Which is a great pity as it means we don’t get to mark the final end of the harvest and all autumn’s abundance with beautiful fall inspired thanksgiving decorations.

But inspired by all the beautiful Thanksgiving decorations I have seen, I might … once Halloween’s out of the way …  introduce my own thanksgiving decoration tradition right here in London 🙂

I have included in this post just a few of the beautiful Thanksgiving decorations that have caught my eye at my Empty Your Archive party …

…  I’m so loving all the burlap and those pumpkins, leaves, cones and the beauty of the simplest of dried twig and dried flower arrangements!

What about you?

How do you decorate for Thanksgiving?

Do share your ideas … old & new … at the bottom of this post …

… and to get really into the Thanksgiving spirit head on on over to Empty Your Archive where we are linking up brilliant recipes for every single part of the Thanksgiving dinner ….


Rustic meets elegant in this display from Anderson and Grant …

And Anderson and Grant shows how the mantel theme can be worked through other shelving and ledges …

A collection of 20 classically trendy fall mantels from Day 2 Day Supermom including this one from
Craftberry Bush …

Simple salt dough bunting on the mantel by We Made That


A beautiful dried flower wreath from Confessions of a Serial DIYer

A beautiful burlap wreath by Turtles & Tails …

Another burlap wreath by Vintage Celebrations …

And another take on the burlap wreath by Snippets of Inspiration …


A fall table setting by Anderson & Grant …

A twig and acorn table centrepiece by Turtles & Tails …

A simple leaf table runner from Seasoned Homemaker


Twigs and berries in a birch bark effect painted vase from Turtles and Tails


Pretty leaf lights from Turtles and Tails …

Pretty stencilled candles from Vintage Celebrations …

Home Decor

Tips for transitioning to fall decor from Bebean and J Creations …

A cute pumpkin pillow from Truly Lovely Blog 🙂

Saying Thankyou

A lovely idea of writing reasons to be thankful on – For What It’s Worth Jeannie

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Hello, I'm Luci, Editor of Mums Make Lists. MML is full of creative tips I’ve put together to bring calm and balance to the lives of busy mums and their families.

10 thoughts on “Thanksgiving Decorations”

  1. Just found your blog by your link at Sunday Showcase at Under the Table and Dreaming. Very interesting post/party here! Loved seeing your collection of ideas and inspiration. I didn’t know the British don’t have a similar Thanksgiving celebration to us in North America. Although our Canadian one is a bit different and at a different time than the Americans, I am very “thankful” for it. I enjoyed my visit here and am joining in the party!


  2. Every time I see a new idea (to me anyway) I want to make it. Have to stop somewhere but it’s so hard as there are so many awesome projects to make, how does one choose? I pin a lot of things, print out some, (depending of course on my wonderful ink supply). I don’t need more Fall decos but I enjoy making things so much it’s hard to choose, hard to stop. This has been a wonderful group of projects and ideas. Happy week

  3. Our family gathers for a big meal and hang time together:) Didn’t carve my pumpkins this year. I love the thankful message pumpkin in your roundup. I can’t wait to have everyone write something their thankful for, on one of the pumpkins! Hope you have your British Thanksgiving too:)

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