Tis the season for lush décor, so as you’re planning your Thanksgiving dinner, you’ll want to take time to come up with a creative centerpiece. One option is to create pretty autumnal scenes in a bell jar or glass cake cover. Arrange mini pumpkins, acorns and a sprig of colorful oak leaves atop a bed of moss for an easy autumnal display. As the season progresses, you can swap in pinecones and birch branches for the pumpkins and oak leaves.
You also can dip dried gourds into bowls of acrylic paint for an on-trend colorblock effect. Taping straight lines across the gourds before dipping gives a clean, precise look, or you can create a more freeform, painterly look by rocking the gourd gently back and forth in the paint. A bowl of these beauties makes a perfect tabletop display.
If you prefer to go with a traditional floral arrangement, chrysanthemums, sunflowers, cat tails, ornamental grasses, sprigs of bittersweet berries, black-eyed Susans and Virginia creeper all lend themselves well to fall décor. Arrange in amber or green glass vases and pop in a few guinea fowl feathers for accent.
A table runner embellished with seasonally inspired motifs—leaves, twigs, woodland creatures—made of felt or foiled fabric is an easy way to update your tabletop.
To guide guests to their seats, coat miniature pumpkins with metallic spray paint. After they dry, use stickers to block off geometric patterns on the pumpkins and coat again, this time with a matte white spray paint. After they’ve dried, remove the stickers, then pin place cards—preferably written out in a metallic ink that coordinates with the paint—onto the pumpkins.
Elsewhere in the house, look for unexpected ways to add seasonal flair. For example, you could cover books from the bookcase in a seasonally hued paper and then add in additional accessories. A log with holes carved in to hold votives makes a rustic mantle topper.