Like a lot of people, my decorations for the holidays consist of hand-me-downs from my parents, gifts from friends, clearance purchases, and a few DIY projects. I really love looking at beautiful inspirational decorations for the holidays – whether it be in a magazine, Pinterest, a friend’s home, etc…
However, when you are dealing with a mod-podge of decorations, it can be hard to get that perfectly curated look, and for a while, that was a bit of a disappointment to me.
However, as I was putting out my Thanksgiving decorations, I was realizing that my favorite decorations are the pictures and stuff my kids did. Thinking about that made me recognize that the real reason I decorate my house is to create a tradition that makes our family feel united.
Every year while my children were in preschool, the teachers took a photo of them during their fall pumpkin patch. This is hands-down my favorite Thanksgiving decoration. For a long while I didn’t know what to do with them, and they just stayed in the bottom of my decoration box. Once I decided to embrace the “real life” aspect of decorating (and not the impersonal, magazine-perfect version), I have gotten so much more enjoyment out of decorating.
I mean, how can you not get a chuckle out of these pictures!!!!
Another of my favorite decorations is this paper wreath. It is a grapevine wreath from the dollar store, covered in kraft paper and then covered in leaves. I freehand cut out leaves, creased them to look more realistic, and used scotch tape to tape them on! Talk about cheap – and yet I love it! I did throw in some different colored paper leaves to add a little interest to it so that it wasn’t all one color.
Again, this is real life, so the house phone is a part of this, too!
The library is decorated with spray-painted gourds.
Another thing that I used to just store away, but now I have embraced, is the homemade placemats. My kids love seeing their artwork from when they were “little.”
I really love Thanksgiving. It is a holiday that is all about counting your blessings, being grateful, and enjoying time with family. What’s not to love?