By Samantha Grose, designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO

It’s easy to find tacky Thanksgiving decorations on Pinterest (oh the things we’ve seen!). There are plenty of paper leaves and turkeys, spray-painted acorns, and pilgrims made out of T.P. tubes. But what about the tasteful decor? What if you’re hosting a Thanksgiving work party or classy turkey-time get together with friends? We did some culling, and found a few classy DIY projects that capture the Thanksgiving spirit. Enjoy!

1. Centerpieces

Try out a classy white-themed centerpiece. Use white pumpkins, hydrangeas, candles, or wheat and accent the white with splashes of color. Check out this one from Tidbits and Twine:

TidbitsTwine-Fall-Tablescape-019d

Or this one from Homedit.com:

tasteful thanksgiving centerpiece

If you’d like a little more color in your Thanksgiving centerpiece, here are a couple of options that are sure to grab your guests’ attention (in a good way!)

Understated DIY arrangement. Tutorial on Martha Stewart.com

Understated DIY arrangement. Tutorial on Martha Stewart.com

Courtesy of Martha Stewart.com

Grape and leaf centerpiece. Courtesy of Martha Stewart.com

This lovely centerpiece is completely versatile. You can switch out the candle and leaf motifs for something suitable for any holiday or occasion.

Courtesy of Golden Boys and Me

Courtesy of Golden Boys and Me

2. Decorations

Bedeck your home with some tasteful Thanksgiving decorations. Our theory is that less is more, so focus on a couple of nice decorative pieces rather than overdoing it.

Try some candle arrangements:

Lantern with a wheat arrangement and pumpkin by Dining Delight

Lantern with a wheat arrangement and pumpkin by Dining Delight

Elegant candle box arrangement by WhatsUrHomeStory.com

Elegant candle box arrangement by WhatsUrHomeStory.com

Rustic painted candlesticks by Popsugar.com

Rustic painted candlesticks by Popsugar.com

Get creative with signage:

Grateful sign DIY at The House of Belonging

Grateful sign DIY at The House of Belonging

Rustic wheat bottles with lettering by Choose to Thrive

Rustic wheat bottles with lettering by Choose to Thrive

3. At the Table

Try out some elegant decorations at your guests’ place settings.

Burlap and berries bouquet by Prop Closet

Burlap and berries bouquet by Prop Closet

An elegant, but simple place card by Babble.com

An elegant, but simple place card by Babble.com

Beautiful napkin rings (and place settings) by Sondra Lyn At Home

Beautiful napkin rings (and place settings) by Sondra Lyn At Home

Surprise your guests with fun, yet tasteful party favors:

Baked apple spice kit by Tiny Prints

Baked apple spice kit by Tiny Prints

Thanksgiving-themed pouches to stash goodies for your guests. By Ode To Inspiration

Thanksgiving-themed pouches to stash goodies for your guests. By Ode To Inspiration

No matter what you decide to do for Thanksgiving this year, have fun, get classy, and remember to give thanks for your friends and family. We hope these DIY ideas sparked your creative bug! What other ideas are you going to try this year?

Samantha Grose, Associate AIA, Allied ASID Designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO

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Author: Samantha

Samantha Grose is both Associate AIA and Allied ASID. She is the lead designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO. She takes a unique approach to design creating spaces that are casually sophisticated and timeless in design, where you and your family can live comfortably. She has worked extensively throughout the TWIN CITIES area having completed many new homes and large scale whole house remodels.

Samantha received her BS from the University of Minnesota majoring in both ARCHITECTURE and ART. She is deeply committed to a creative approach giving you highly functional spaces with an aesthetic appeal for everyday living.

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Written by Samantha

Samantha Grose is both Associate AIA and Allied ASID. She is the lead designer for Optima Homes and JP&CO. She takes a unique approach to design creating spaces that are casually sophisticated and timeless in design, where you and your family can live comfortably. She has worked extensively throughout the...
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