Festive decorating for Thanksgiving is a must to make your home warm and welcoming. The website eHow.com has tips and ideas on how to liven up your living spaces. McClatchy-Tribune Newspapers
Decorate your doorstep
• Your front door is the first thing people see when they arrive at your home. To ensure it makes a strong statement, enhance a plain wicker wreath with small gourds, berries and fall-colored ribbons.
• Use decorations such as pumpkins, bundled corn husks, hay bales, a scarecrow or pilgrim accessories to decorate the area surrounding the front door.
Bring the outdoors in
• Bring the colors of autumn indoors by creating wreaths of grapevine and fall leaves. Hang one on the outside of each bedroom door or above each bed.
• Tie a ribbon of your favorite fall color around a pinecone and hang several of them from curtain rods.
• Arrange colorful fall leaves in decorative bowls and place them in different areas around the house, including the bathroom, living room or bedroom nightstand.
• Add orange, yellow and red throw pillows to your beds and couches.
Have fun with centerpieces
• Use a traditional cornucopia or a hollowed-out pumpkin as the base of your centerpiece for the kitchen or dining room. Arrange fall foliage, wheat sprigs, clusters of berries, nuts and minipumpkins around the base creating a beautiful display — have fun with this, there's no right or wrong way to do it!
• Use clean autumn leaves (rinse and pat them dry) or silk ones as place cards at the dinner table. Write each guest's name on a leaf with a black or gold felt-tip pen and place them at each table setting.
Don't forget the details
• Create warm scents throughout your home by using potpourri and scented candles. Light a pumpkin-scented candle in each room and simmer a pot of potpourri in your kitchen.