With Halloween behind us, and Christmas on the horizon (not to mention at eye level in every store you’ll set foot in from now ’til 2016), I sometimes feel like Thanksgiving gets a tad…overlooked. I mean, it’s hard for a holiday to stand out when it’s sandwiched right between piles of candy and piles of gifts, right? Well… time to change that. :)
There’s so much to love about Thanksgiving already, most of which has to do with those 3 little words… the dinner menu. And since most of our must-have Turkey Day dishes are based on family traditions and personal preference, I thought it would be fun to share some tips for making your Thanksgiving decor LOOK as good as your own awesome menu tastes.
This festive Green & Gold Thanksgiving Theme features a fresh & inviting color palette, simple DIY decor ideas, and a hint of modern-glam. Whoever said Christmas and New Years should get ALL the sparkle?!
And since I’ve partnered with 14 Hands Winery to bring you these tips – AND lots of free printables! – look out for special ways to deck out those wine glasses too + a tasty Autumn Apple Sangria flavored with cinnamon and apple cider that’s absolutely perfect for Thanksgiving. Here we go!
I love using different types of elements in shades of one color to create a unique display – like the green succulents, pumpkins, and fresh florals pictured above.
The sequin “table runner” is actually just a half yard of sequin fabric that I purchased at a fabric store and folded in half. (The other half yard is being utilized on the drink station.) I’ve used this same yard of fabric time & time again for so many different types of parties… cheers to party decor that can be re-used!
Small details are another great way to personalize a design AND make different elements coordinate well together. I used one small sheet of decorative stickers to embellish terracotta pots and mini pumpkins for this centerpiece. Stickers were also used to dress up the wine glasses, which I’ll further explain below…
Never underestimate the power of paper… plus, it’s super budget-friendly too! I designed 2 styles of napkin rings, place cards, decorative signs, and more for this theme. You’ll find links to download everything at the bottom of this post.
This Marcel Proust “Let us be grateful to the people that make us happy…” quote is one of my favorites, and seemed very applicable for Thanksgiving! Print it out and frame it for pretty accent decor (download link below):
The colors on the 14 Hands Wine Bottles worked very nicely with the green & gold color palette too… Like I said earlier, it’s all in those details. ;)
I kept the place settings simple, yet festive. It always frustrates me when place settings are so overdone with decorative elements that you have to dig through 3 layers of decor to locate the plates. The gold crocodile print chargers and golden yellow napkins were both HomeGoods finds, and I added small green adhesive rhinestones to the paper napkin rings for another touch of sparkle.
The script font that I used for the names on the place cards is called Betterfly… it’s one of my new favorites!
TABLE CENTERPIECE + ACCENT DECOR:
To create the centerpiece, I started by painting mini pumpkins and gourds green and gold. I used acrylic craft paint for the green ones and metallic spray paint for the gold. I also covered parts of terracotta pots with masking tape, then spray painted them gold for a bold color-blocked look. The succulents were purchased at at Home Depot.
The geometric candle holder in the middle was a recent Target find, and I painted the faux leaves sitting below it green and gold. More of these leaves were used throughout the theme – they’re another fast & budget-friendly DIY trick!
The “Beautiful Memories” plaque above is actually an unfinished wooden leaf that I found in the craft section at Target. I painted it green with the same acrylic paint as the pumpkins, then added 2 Heidi Swapp “Foam Titles” stickers to the front. Voila… instant holiday artwork!
These little wooden turkey silhouettes definitely highlighted the Thanksgiving occasion nicely. I found them at Michaels and think they’re intended to be place cards, which I already had covered, so I added printable party circles and used them as decorative accents instead. A couple are worked into the table centerpieces, and the rest were attached to wooden skewers and stuck into various succulents and florals.
We can’t forget the wine, of course! Since the “glass half full” outlook is closely associated with an attitude of gratefulness, I couldn’t resist displaying it next to the wine glasses for our Thanksgiving drink station, as a fun play on words with a double meaning…
In lieu of traditional wine glass charms, these glasses feature script word stickers with celebratory & happy phrases. Since the words are different, these double as drink markers, too! You can find these stickers at craft stores or online. You can leave them black, as they come, or give them a quick coat of gold spray paint like I did here.
I also added a green rhinestone sticker and a bit of green embroidery thread to each glass for a pop of color.
My preference with parties is to always have the drinks right out in plain sight, but since beer is best served ice-cold, it typically resides in a cooler or the fridge. You can still let your guests know where it is by setting out one bottle + a helpful little sign, though. Speaking of which, download this helpful little sign right here. ;)
Last, but definitely not least – is the signature drink! I used the the 14 Hands Hot to Trot Red Blend to make this yummy Autumn Apple Sangria. It’s so tasty, in fact, that I really thought it deserved it’s own post. ;)
FREE PRINTABLES – GREEN & GOLD THANKSGIVING:
Click to download the associated high resolution PDFs:
– Napkin Rings (2 styles)
– Place Cards (blank, 2 styles)
– 8×10 Grateful Quote Sign
– 5×7 Signs (“Gobble” and “Glass Half Full”)
– Beer & Sangria Mini Signs
– Party Circles/Squares