Quick Halloween to Thanksgiving Decor Transition

Good morning friends, and Happy November!

I hope you all had a blast trick or treating with the littles yesterday. You’re probably not quite ready to dive in to updating your decor today, but that’s ok–I’ve been getting ahead of things all fall, so I might as well share my decor experiments with you, right?

Halloween Display

This is kind of a spin-off of my post last month about the early fall to Halloween transition. I was working on those photos feverishly for a few hours that day because I had planned the post but then the buffet in this photo sold a lot more quickly than I had expected it to, and so I had to rush to finish everything before the customer came to pick it up, because I didn’t have another piece that I could use as a backdrop.

Then a day or two later, I found a new buffet and painted that so that I could get a quick Thanksgiving post done that used a similar piece as the base. I was trying to get some Christmas ones done, too, but I wasn’t satisfied with what I was coming up with, so I’ll just share the Thanksgiving one for today.

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Again, this is something super simple that I put together in about a half an hour. When I’m putting together something like this for a post, a show, or for my house, I think about the season, the pieces that I already have and how I can use them in a new way, and about the materials that the pieces are made of (for example I have some real naturals, some fake naturals, some paper, some wood, some glass…I like a nice mix of materials to give some depth and texture to the look).

The only pieces that I used throughout the season were the grass vases on either side–I really like the movement and interest that they add. Everything else was moved around or switched out at some point or another.

I moved from the fabric pumpkin banner to a paper “Give Thanks” banner that I made with my Cricut 2 or 3 years ago, even though the pumpkin banner would still technically have worked. Confession: I was cleaning out my basement and got totally distracted as soon as I found the “Give Thanks” banner–I had to drop everything that I was doing and take my Thanksgiving photos right then. This is part of the reason why my list never gets done. I’m trying to work on staying focused.

I don’t love paper banners as much as fabric ones, but I don’t have a huge inspiration for a fabric Thanksgiving banner right now, so oh well. This one still looks nice.

I also knew I wanted to go the crate, bushel, ladder section route, too–all of those things tie in nicely with the season of gathering and harvesting and giving thanks, and the mini white pumpkins spilling out were also a good transition from Halloween to a neutral Thanksgiving, echoing a horn of plenty type image.

If you’re not a neutral person like I am, you could easily add some great color here with a couple of Mason jars with bold fall color bouquets on either side in place of the grass vases, some bright orange mini or pie pumpkins, and a colorful banner. I go through neutral seasons and color seasons, so it’s only a matter of time before I’m back to doing something super colorful.

Would you be interested in seeing a more behind-the-scenes look at how I got to this point with the display? I know I said I put this together in about a half an hour, but that was with switching things in and out and back and forth, debating with myself about what looked good and what had to go. Anyway, I think I might try that when we get to the Christmas decorating post.


Share your Thanksgiving space by giving me a shout out on Instagram @itsjessforton! I’d love to see what you’re doing to usher in the next phase of fall!

Talk soon,

Jessie

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