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Posted: Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Ideas for your holiday celebration decor

Amid all that is going on right now, we are only days away from one of the biggest holidays – Thanksgiving. A time that is normally spent with family and friends gathered around the table. Sharing not only a feast of food but the love and generosity of being together once again.

This year, however, promises things will be different. Coming together may not be possible for many families due to the pandemic.

A sense of “Covid fatigue” is becoming familiar to many. But decorating for Thanksgiving can bring back the memories of celebrations past and perhaps provide a spark of energy and some greatly needed holiday cheer.

Celebrating Thanksgiving at a smaller table

Many of us are used to decorating and creating the perfect setting for our families and friends. And we may mistakenly think that it’s not worth the effort if it’s only going to be us.  

But this is the ideal year to recognize that we too are worth the celebration. If you will be sitting down to a much smaller table this year, lift your spirits and surround yourself with reminiscences of all of your many blessings. Consider these ideas when decorating for Thanksgiving in smaller spaces.

Tips before you get started

A couple of suggestions before you begin decorating:

1. Check with your community prior to putting up any decor that is in or seen from common spaces, such as your front door or windows. 

2. Safety should always be the priority so make sure none of your decorating options create a tripping or fire hazard.

If you’re ready to transform your independent living home into a cornucopia of fall treasures, consider these Thanksgiving decorating ideas:

Front door/entry spaces

1. Create or purchase the perfect decoration for your entry area that both welcomes you home - and any visitors to come inside. Pumpkins and fall-colored flowers are naturals to help celebrate the season.

2. If you love arts and crafts, consider making your own wreath using fall flowers, artificial apples, berries and greenery.

3. Garland is not only for December. Create a focal point with garland, pinecones and bright orange berries, miniature gourds or artificial fruit.

Main living spaces

1. Decide on this year’s color scheme and carry it through the room with soft throw blankets draped over the couch or chairs and new fall-colored sofa pillows.

2. Place arrangements of flameless candles around the room to provide both the perfect warm glow and safety, as they can’t catch anything on fire and never need to be extinguished.  

3. Switch out your framed photos with photos of past Thanksgiving celebrations or grandchildren’s turkey artwork.

4. Add garland as created above to your mantle, anchored with candle holders, or place around an entry or living room mirror.

Dining table

Even if it will only be yourself or just the two or a few of you at a smaller gathering this year, bring back some of the memories from previous Thanksgivings.

1. Sure to be a favorite when you do gather once again to celebrate with your loved ones, create a memory tablecloth or table runner. Write the names of those who’ve joined in around your table with a disappearing ink marking pen and then embroider their names.

2. Make your table festive with a colorful centerpiece and candles. There are no limits to your choices, including using half of a pumpkin as a container holding greenery and colorful flowers, old pitchers used as vases filled with batches of wheat or fill a tall clear vase with tangerines and pinecones.

3. Use the good china or bring out your favorites. This year may especially call for extra effort to help boost your mood. It’s time for the silver and your grandmother’s gravy or sauce boat to make an appearance.

4. Don’t forget the napkin rings as a way to add a personal touch. There are several choices available for purchase and ideas online that you can make yourself. This is the perfect way to bring attention to a unique element, texture or color to your Thanksgiving table.

Your private spaces

1. Don’t forget your bedroom and bathroom to add touches of the holiday. You might want to go all out with a new comforter and throw in the coziest materials and colors. Add fresh fall flowers to your bedside table or to display in your powder room.

2. These are also the perfect places for flameless candles to cast just the right glow at the end of the day, inviting you to a restful night. Put them in candle holders and then wrap with green garland and fall berries to dress them up.

3. And of course, this time of year is about being thankful. Make sure you surround yourself with photos and any mementos of those who played such an important role in your life and those who still do today. Especially if you can’t be with them on this holiday, have reminders of your loved ones who are with you in spirit.

Decorating for Thanksgiving includes the holiday aromas

As our sense of smell is one of the clearest ways to invoke memories from the past, don’t forget to include all of those fragrances you remember from your own childhood holidays.

Thanksgiving offers the heartwarming recollections and scents from our mother’s turkey, scrumptious dressing or warm and bubbly pumpkin pie in the oven. But you don’t have to wait until Thanksgiving day to enjoy those aromas. They can also be coaxed from a bowl of scented potpourri, oils, dried herb bouquets or cedar and cloves sachets.

Ingleside’s Westminster at Lake Ridge Independent Living community

We look forward to the holidays just as much as you do, and this year we understand that the plans will look a little different for many of our residents.

But that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy the day and take a moment to remember all that we have to be thankful for. At Westminster at Lake Ridge, we continue to support our residents and their families as we navigate these times together.

If you’re considering a move into an independent living community, we think you’ll find our spacious and beautiful homes, first-rate amenities, full activity calendars, chef-prepared meals and fitness options all contribute to living an engaged life.  

Call (703)794-4631 if you have any questions or would like to schedule a personalized tour today.

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