Best Ways to Get Your Home Ready for Thanksgiving

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turkey thanksgiving decorationNow that Halloween is behind us, it's time to start setting our sights on the next big holiday ... Thanksgiving! It's one of my favorites, maybe because I love that the holiday fun spans four days. Or that there's nothing like a warm house filled with family and friends and yummy comfort foods. But before the actual day comes, there's much fun to be had from the lead-up and preparation alone -- especially if you're hosting family and friends for a Rockwellian turkey dinner (the best kind!).

Here, the best ideas to get your home ready for Thanksgiving ...

  1. Make sure Halloween decorations are securely stored away! They definitely take away from the Thanksgiving vibe.
  2. Seek out and test a new recipe that you've been itching to make, whether it's for a new pie or a roasted chicken, mixed greens, and cranberry salad. If you prep it for your S.O. or kids a couple of times beforehand, you'll know it's worthy of being served come the big day. 
  3. Consider gathering classic family recipes from your grandmother, mother, aunt, friends, etc. I know my boyfriend's aunt has a killer balsamic vinaigrette recipe that I'd love to use on a holiday salad. My friend's brother's girlfriend makes an amazing autumn-spiced sangria! And no one makes soup like my grandma. Incorporating dishes that are cherished by loved ones can make your Thanksgiving dinner all the more memorable. (This can also come in handy if you have friends or family with food allergies!)
  4. Look for the perfect Thanksgiving servingware, to give your table that warm and festive feel.
  5. Spend some time on fun DIY decorations -- you could even involve the kids! -- like garland made of glitter-sprayed fall leaves or multi-colored turkeys.
  6. Buy pumpkin, cinnamon, or other fall-ish scented candles. There's nothing like walking into a house with a few of these lit. Mmmm. 
  7. You could also boil a pot with cinnamon on the stove for a lovely housewarming scent!
  8. Put up a festive wreath -- complete with berries and leaves -- on your front door.

How do you get your home ready for Thanksgiving?

Image via Robin Taylor/Flickr

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adrik... adrikameel

These are a great idea...I sometime happen to do things at the last minute and it usually turns bad lol.

Susan Cain

I go and buy small brown paper bags and construction paper.  Then take the first weekend in Nov to sit down and make Turkeys with my children.  We also start on Christmas decorations in preparation for the next holiday as we put our tree and lights up the day following Thanksgiving.  We also go out and gather up the fall colored leaves and make placemats for everyone.  Use construction paper and laminating sheets to put it all together and they wipe clean with a damp cloth.(also good to make name cards for the table as well.)  

Numom... Numom61507

Since we recently bought a house, this will be my first Thanksgiving hosting/cooking. I'm so excited! My daughter and I are working on some homemade decorations. I like arts and crafts, but she is nuts over it! Thank you for the ideas. They were things I wouldnt have thought of.

momav... momavanessa

Just took down our Halloween decro from our windows and put up the Thanksgiving ones!

super... supermama322

Our next big holiday is Xmas! Tree goes up on Friday! :)


wow i just took down halloween next thanksgiving where can i buy thanksgiving decorations



lalas... lalasmama2007

I'll probably get some of those Thanksgiving window sitckies for my DD to put up.  We're not hosting Thanksgiving this year, so I'm not going to be going all out.

ceciliam ceciliam

I don't do much. I put out a nice display on my DR table with pumpkins and sunflowers.


I have a few fall decorations.

Peajewel Peajewel

I do change all my "smell goods" in my house at this point to fall scents.  I love the smell of fall and Thanksgiving. 

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