Thanksgiving Decorating Ideas for Under a Deck
With Thanksgiving right around the corner, now is the perfect time to start envisioning what your Turkey Day will look like! The holiday season is great for bringing family together, and what better way to enjoy the fall season with company than spending it outside? So check out these fifteen decorating ideas for your porch or deck to spice things up come time for the big day!
- Create a cozy nook underneath If you have a second-story deck, expand the party down below with these under-deck patio ideas. You can designate this area as the kids’ area by decorating it with a pilgrim-themed tablecloth and ornaments. String up some lights or lanterns to add some comfort and warmth.
- Fall colors Brighten up your space with the classic fall color scheme! Incorporating bright orange through fall wreaths, pumpkins, or fall leaves will add to the appeal of your deck. Or bring in some nature to add some character, with yellow fall flowers like sunflowers. Many department stores carry some colorful decor that might work well here. You can even have a pumpkin decorating contest with friends or family to express some personality!
- Harvest decor Traditional staples work well for this time of year as well. Consider using hay bales, scarecrows, or antique crates to fill the space and bring the farmhouse into your home! Now is also great for rustic furniture, lanterns, or tools to make an appearance on your porch! If you have a wheelbarrow, stuffing it with hay and gourds can make a great decoration piece.
- Seating If you’re planning on hosting a large group for Thanksgiving day, you’ll want to be sure there are lots of places to sit. And the seating might as well be seasonal! You can surround benches and chairs with fall plants, pumpkins, and cornstalks and top them with fall pillows and blankets if you’re counting on cold weather!
- Decorate the entryway To make your outside doors more inviting, you might line the sides of the doorway with decorations to create a sense of welcoming. For example, with pumpkins at the lower corners backed by corn stalks going up the sides, you can turn a plain old door into a fall entrance! Fall wreaths work great here, as well as garlands around the doorway!
- Subtle and dark colors Because bright and colorful decorations aren’t for everyone, you can consider going for a more minimalistic aesthetic with your deck. Using muted and natural colors can also fit the season and won’t jump out as much. Earth tones and black are also perfectly fitting for the holiday season and might even blend into the existing color palette of your home even better! Here’s where you can swap out white pumpkins for traditional orange to match the theme!
- Go big or go home If you’ve got a large porch with lots of space to take advantage of and the ambition to do so, you can cover your space head to toe in fall festivity! Large fall plants that bloom potted in large pots thrive here, especially when supported by smaller decorations like pumpkins and farmhouse decor. You can try lining your porch with plants, crates, and flowers of varying sizes to give the deck a cozier feel, or create little corners of decoration, too.
- Keep it simple If you’re struggling to find a decoration style that works for you, the best option might be to go simple this year. This is a great opportunity to practice symmetry, as well. For example, one or two pumpkins and two matching fall plants on either side of your entryway would look perfect for a lowkey Thanksgiving dinner. These simple signs can help convey the season of giving thanks and are easy to find a spot for.
- Get creative with lighting Practice your crafts skills by getting inventive with lighting displays! A genius tabletop lighting display can be made from some mason jars, faux fall leaves, and battery-powered faux candles! You can also find some fall-themed candles that would look great in some larger candle holders.
- Cozy up your porch swing After you’ve had your fill of cornbread and pumpkin pie, you might be ready for a breath of fresh air outside. And what better place to sit than the porch swing? Make this the most desirable seating choice by covering it in decorative pillows and blankets and then surround it with fall plants and warm lighting. You can also string lights across the top of the frame to provide an additional glow from above!
- Table decorations If you’re planning on having the big meal outside, make sure you’ve got a good table centerpiece put together. Tall candlesticks surrounded by some fall harvest produce can make for a great way to channel the season. You could also use a medium-sized potted plant that doesn’t take up too much space as a good center. Or, go the rustic route with a flannel tabletop blanket that can be topped with harvest items. Whichever way you choose, don’t forget that you must fit the food on the table, too!
- Fall harvest baskets A large wicker basket could be the perfect place to bring traditional Thanksgiving decorations to life in an artful way! Load it up with gourds, hay, fall leaves, and flowers and watch the festivity pour out of the top. Or pile on the produce and create a beautiful cornucopia bursting with color!
- Fall cocktail bar A fall-themed cocktail bar is a great way to try out some of these Thanksgiving cocktail ideas! Decorate a bar cart or outdoor bar with a farmhouse blanket, some lanterns, and small fall decorations to serve as the perfect drink-making station! You can also try these fall-themed drink sets to really pour into the holiday season!
- Create a pumpkin stand If you have antique or reclaimed wooden crates, you can stack them vertically to make some impromptu shelves. Put some pumpkins inside, and stuff the shelves with fall color leaves. You can drape string lights over them to light them up and even add some small fall flowers inside to diversify the colors!
- Don’t be afraid to use store-bought decorations Although they may be cheap, store-bought decorations can last for years and be used continually for holiday seasons to come. Party City, Homegoods, and many more have great selections of decor that won’t break the bank. So if you’re having trouble with achieving the look you want for your porch or deck, try checking out some decoration stores or shop online to find what you need to get your outdoor space ready for Thanksgiving.