Hi, everyone!  Are you looking forward to Thanksgiving as much as I am this year?  It’s definitely one of our favorite holidays on 11 Magnolia Lane, and we like to celebrate in style.

Whether you’re hosting (or “guesting”), I’ve found a few great ideas that will help get your home ready for the holiday, both inside and out.  They’re also easy and inexpensive, because those are my favorite kind of decorating ideas!  I’ve linked to the related blog posts and tutorials along the way, just click on the picture or the hyperlinked text to read more.

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First impressions are everything.  You likely already have pumpkins and mums around your front door, but how about the mailbox area?  It can start to look a little sad during cold weather, but with a few hardy flowers, grapevine, burlap ribbon, and gold spray paint on some mini pumpkins and Indian corn, it’s ready to welcome guests to your home:

For several years, I’ve used this “Thankful” bunting over my front door.  It’s a free download from Over the Big Moon; all you do is print it out on card stock, cut out the flags, and glue gun them to some jute twine.  It’s the perfect touch to welcome guests at the front door.

My blogging partner, Amy, created this beautiful Fall wreath from a faux bittersweet wreath she found at the craft store.  She added a wood monogram and some black and white chevron ribbon, and it’s simple yet beautiful:

I keep a guest book on the table in my foyer; we entertain quite frequently since my husband’s in the military.  Also, we’re currently stationed in Savannah and we get LOTS of out-of-town guests who come to visit our beautiful city (and hopefully us, too!).  The guest book helps me to remember all the wonderful memories we’ve made with family and friends.

While I adore velvet pumpkins and display them on a cake stand next to the guest book, I must confess that I bought these for just a few dollars apiece at the craft store.  If you’d rather make your own, The Lemonista has a great DIY tutorial on her blog.

Thanksgiving Decor Ideas | 11 Magnolia Lane

Source: 11 Magnolia Lane

Or, set up a “thankful pumpkin” on your hall table, and have guests help you create a one-of-a kind Thanksgiving memory:

I’ve been loving all things gold (and glittery) this year, and Thanksgiving is no exception.  As I browsed Pinterest for ideas, here’s what caught my eye.

Gold and white pumpkins on a tiered stand from New House New Home New Life:

Thanksgiving Decor Ideas | 11 Magnolia Lane

Source: NewHouseNewHomeNewLife

A burlap and gold tablescape from A Pumpkin and a Princess:

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Source: A Pumpkin and a Princess

For a more rustic look, Parties for Pennies had a great centerpiece that combined white pumpkins, succulents, and pine cones:

Thanksgiving Decor Ideas | 11 Magnolia Lane

Source: Parties for Pennies

To carry that rustic look over to your mantel (after all, you just might be gathering in front of the fire this Thanksgiving!), Simple Stylings decorated with gold-tipped feathers and white pumpkins:

Thanksgiving Decor Ideas | 11 Magnolia Lane

Source: Simple Stylings

And this last idea is one of my favorites, probably because it’s so simple.  As you chill the wine, throw a handful of pinecones into the ice bucket or bowl.  The smallest of details can make such a difference!

Thanksgiving decor ideas | 11 Magnolia Lane

Source : BH&G

What are your favorite decorating ideas for Thanksgiving?

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