Thanksgiving Decorating Ideas That Will Take 10 Minutes or Less

Thanksgiving Decorating Ideas That Will Take 10 Minutes or Less

Arlyn Hernandez
Nov 19, 2017

When you're elbow deep in mashed sweet potatoes and poultry cavities, the last thing you have time to do is elaborately decorate for Thanksgiving. After all, literally the very next day, everyone is on to Christmas, so putting a ton of effort into styling your home for turkey day always seems like a bit of a loss. That said, should you still want to spruce things up a bit and set a mean seasonal table—and have about 10 minutes to do so—here are 10 ideas to try.

(Image credit: Maison de Pax)

Maison de Pax shows you how elegant (and seasonal!) a table can look without much fuss. Here, they used a single vase with some fall foliage and a cake plate stacked with pumpkins on top of a runner.

(Image credit: Wedding Sparrow)

Technically, this tablescape found via Wedding Sparrow is a setting from a wedding, but I think it would be just as lovely for a non-traditional Thanksgiving table. Just grab yourself a battery powered set of twinkle lights and some bouquet filler, and you're all set.

(Image credit: Good Housekeeping)

Leave it to Good Housekeeping to go the classic route but still make it look lovely. Grab a few short vases/candle holders, fill them with votives and hazelnuts (or acorns!), zip-zag a satin ribbon around them and round out the look with a smattering of walnuts.

(Image credit: Country Living)

Here's an idea from Country Living for your front door. All you need are some pinecones, ribbon and hot glue and you've got yourself a seasonal hanging that will last you through the new year.

(Image credit: Julie Blanner)

This image and the next, from Julie Blanner, show how beautiful a table can look with some seeded eucalyptus strewn about. Here, she mixed in low pillar candles and apples.

(Image credit: Julie Blanner)

And here, it's simple silver dollar eucalyptus springs and mini white pumpkins. So simple, you may be able to do it in five minutes flat!

(Image credit: Country Living)

At first glance, this enviable table setting spotted on Country Living looks like it took a ton of time and effort. But, looking past all the foliage (which is really just greens in small vases), this is just kraft paper laid across the table, adorned with a white paint marker. You won't even need placemats.

(Image credit: Martha Stewart)

Martha Stewart proves all you need is some acorns and string to get into the Thanksgiving spirit (is that a thing, actually? It should be).

(Image credit: Finding Home)

While you're at the grocery store, pick up a few packs of rosemary and twine to create a super simple place setting. Finding Home went a step further by adding dried lavender and a feather, but you might need to add a few more minutes to the time table if you want the same look.

(Image credit: Edna Valley Vineyard)

And finally, from Edna Valley Vineyard, take a few small pinecones and insert a handwritten name tag and voila, you have yourself a festive Thanksgiving table.

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