Happy Thanksgiving! If you’ve been working all week and need a centerpiece or stoop decor stat, I have a super simple idea for you and your home with these last-minute Thanksgiving decor ideas. Head to the one open grocery store, and scoop up pumpkins—lots of them.
A dear family friend and Wendy James Designs reader, Cynde Garrett, sent me this photo from outside a Scottsdale, AZ resort. Cynde can only be described as the queen of holiday decorating. Her Christmas tree always twinkles brighter than any other, and her mantel looks like it belongs on the cover of a magazine. Her comment with this photo? She just needs a fountain!
I love the combination of pumpkins and twigs. So easy if you happen to have a huge fountain in your front yard, but let’s use this photo as inspiration only.
Here’s how you can achieve this organic beauty on a much more manageable scale—and in a pinch.
In the garden, add fallen leaves and other trimmings from the yard to the bird bath, then place a pumpkin on top. Skip making a bouquet, and simply arrange several pumpkins and gourds around the base.
Or float several small pumpkins in it instead.
Photo from EAB Designs
Or keep the front steps simple, and tuck grocery-store greens around the base of each pumpkin in the urn.
Photo from Common Ground
Another idea: Skip decorating the outside of the house, and focus your efforts around the area where everyone will be, your dining table. Start with a small pedestal urn or compote dish. Fill it with just a few dry leaves and berries from the yard, and place a single pumpkin on top.
Want more height? Stack your urn on top of some old books, and place more than one pumpkin on top.
This one is my favorite. I love the touch of glam the silver urn adds to the monochromatic display of white pumpkins and candles.
Don’t forget to dress the rest of the table. My easiest idea? Just use dry leaves. You can read all about it here.
How are you decorating your Thanksgiving table? I would love to see pictures.
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