When it comes to Thanksgiving Day decorations, it is all in the color schemes and ideas. The big question is what color scheme did you decide to display this Thanksgiving, traditional Thanksgiving (reds, oranges, browns, yellows, off-whites), dash of partial or full Christmas (reds, greens, whites), or another not mentioned? Figure it out then continue.
Decorative Vine & Location
Vines are gorgeous, and with a glue gun plus some old floral or trinkets around the house you can create quite the nice Thanksgiving addition. First you need a vine. Visit your local craft store, such as Michael’s or A.C. Moore, and purchase a cheap Christmas fake green vine. Collect floral and trinkets to attach to the vine. Trinkets can be from favored Christmas ornaments to other small decorative items. For trinkets we have used miniature Christmas ornaments, bead strands, bracelets, fake grapes and floral. Color is important, follow your preferred color scheme.
Figure out where on the vine you are going to stick an item. Remember to check to assure even measurement or that each item is balanced visually. When almost finished, heat up the glue gun. By the time you have completed, the glue gun should be ready for usage.
Place a bead of glue from the gun on to the item and lightly press the item down on the spot of choice. Count to ten, slowly leg go. Continue until you have created a personalized vine. Stick your vine along a banister, a mantle, around a mirror, on a door frame, the windows, or a wall.
It doesn’t hurt to top the vine off with a small sprinkle of scented spray.
Other Useful Decorations & Items
Some football games take nuts, and a nutcracker. But don’t go with the standard metal tool, use the Christmas Nutcracker. Either purchase or unpack, the Nutcracker soldier can bring a festive taste to the entertaining touchdowns.
Christmas lights comes in various colors or clear. A clear set of Christmas lights on a corner tree or in a jar of scented potpourri can be a nice warm touch in the evening. Just make sure that you use wisdom and caution when working around or with the use of electrical outlets. Meaning, don’t stick your finger into the plug, don’t fill the jar with tissues, and don’t, we repeat, don’t fill the jar with any water before or after placing the strand inside. Most importantly, don’t place where a child or pet can reach.
Making the best out of that old wicker horn. Instead of placing corn in the horn, align it with napkins and place some rolls inside. You can also place nuts, cookies, fresh fruit, or rolled up silverware inside of the horn. A pleasant sight to see, items delicately layered or displayed flowing out of a horn on Thanksgiving Day.
Napkin rings can be created from ribbon (remember color scheme) to other crafts, such as napkin rings out of construction paper (perfect for kid’s project). To wrap utensils in a napkin place the utensils in the center of the napkin after laying it flat on a table. All points of utensils should face the pointed napkin corners. Fold one side of the napkin over the utensils, slowly roll to the other side without pressing down hard. Then place the napkin ring around the napkin. Tie a bow or work the napkin through the ring and place on the side of a dish.
A craft table created just for children visiting on Thanksgiving Day proves beneficial for both kids and adults. The age appropriate table should be close enough to monitor but far away enough for everyone to freely enjoy. Items to place on the table could be found at your local craft store if you do not have any crafts from home to offer, such as a puzzle, packs of kid trinkets, cards, pads of paper and pens to go with table games like checkers, Connect 4, or Monopoly.
Just a reminder. A Thanksgiving newspaper is always a nice addition on Thanksgiving Day 2010. Make is accessible to readers, place it on an outside porch table, a table near the television or somewhere near, or in, the location guests may relax before or post dinner.
With these ideas, and more on the way, wishing you the best during the holiday season.