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Thanksgiving & Harvest | Autumnal Decorating

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014
Thanksgiving Day Visitor Print Historical Roots

The very first Thanksgiving, as we understand it from our American history, was in the year of 1621 in Plymouth, Massachusetts. After a first year in the new world, the 53 surviving Pilgrims celebrated their first successful harvest; with help from the Native Americans who taught them how to both grow crops on the new land and how to properly catch fish from the Atlantic Ocean. The true national holiday of Thanksgiving, as recognized by all states, began in 1863 when President Lincoln declared this ‘day of thanks’ to be held each year in November.

Turkey Gourd Bowl Pilgrims Plenty Sculpture
While only here one day of the year, Thanksgiving decorations can be showcased throughout the entire harvest season. Pumpkins, turkeys, and fall leaves and more really speak to the season this time of year. Here we have gathered together a handful of our favorite harvest themed Sturbridge Yankee Workshop items that we know will coordinate well with areas of your country home. From the simplest of items to those that really make a statement, Thanksgiving is going to look great this year!


Seasonal Statements

Colors of fall are a ones we sure can get used to. Bold oranges, reds, golds and muted greens are arranged beautifully, as if painted across the canopy of trees. Pumpkins, gourds, sunflowers, berries, and corn fields help bring these hues to life and surround us everywhere we go in the months of October and November.

Capture the essence of autumn with thematic home accents that capture the mood and color from the world around us. Warm browns, crisp orange, red and golden yellow. Who says fall leaves should be left outside on the trees?

Autumn Harvest Pumpkin Pillow
Gobble Turkey Hooked Wool Pillow Grapevine Pumpkin Lights

Thanksgiving Decor at SYW

Friday, October 7th, 2011

The very first Thanksgiving, as we know it in our American history was in 1621 in Plymouth, Massachusetts. The 53 surviving pilgrims, after their first year in the new world, celebrated their first successful harvest; with help from the Native Americans who taught them how to grow crops on their land and how to properly catch fish. There wasn’t a true national holiday of Thanksgiving as recognized by all the states until 1863, when President Lincoln declared the ‘day of thanks’ to be held each year in November.

While only here one day of the year, Thanksgiving decor can be brought to life the day after Halloween. Turkeys, pumpkins and amazing fall leaves are what we look for, but sometimes what we really want can be difficult to find. At Sturbridge Yankee Workshop we have collected a handful of our harvest themed items that we know will coordinate well in your country home. From the simplest of accents to gorgeous framed prints, Thanksgiving is going to look great this year.

Simple Accents

It’s the simple things that can add to your holiday decor. With these items it makes harvest decorating easy! Let’s start with our Autumn Wreath. A smart choice for adding festive flare to any wall or door, this wreath includes Indian corn, quince slices, dried wheat, maple leaves, natural wheat, flax, millet yarrow, and safflower all on a twig base.

If your looking for a quick and simple fix to your tablescape, consider these two items. Our Wheat Candle Holders, showing off a tall bundle of wheat, are tied in a bow and finished with an antique bronze finish; these candle holders feel vintage and sophisticated. Pictured here to the left, is our Turkey Wagon Centerpiece, featuring primitive colors of red, green and brown. The hollowed out pumpkin can be used to hold your favorite wrapped candies or nuts.

Inspiring Signs

Our nostalgic, pine wood signs will be a breath of fresh air this harvest season. A rust background with a crackled finish gives our Bountiful Sign a vintage feel and the mustard yellow frame completes the look. The next pine wood signs are handcrafted in the USA and offer a colonial inspired look. Our Friends Gather Here Sign, displays rich black, hand painted lettering atop a distressed mustard background. Though the message is symbolic for Thanksgiving, it’s perfect to hang year round. Our Happy Thanksgiving Sign is short and sweet. Evoking quality cursive writing against a burnt orange base, this sign is a great way to greet your guests for the big dinner.

Framed Prints

We know you love the many exquisitely painted framed prints by our well known artists. Here we offer three autumn themed prints that will become the focal point of any room.

Our Autumn Gold’s Print, pictured here to the right, is a watercolor print by artist John Stevens. A solemn late fall afternoon of leaves blowing in the wind and a pumpkin display, is bordered by a frame made to appear as distressed walnut. Next is our Autumn Solitude Print, by artist Doug Henry. A historic New England barn with rich foliage in the distance, takes center stage while one lone cow stands watch. Another print by Doug Henry features a classic New England church nestled among lovely old farmhouses at the base of a hill. Our Autumn Waits River Print has a textured finish to highlight the breathtaking fall leaves. All of our framed prints listed here are made in the USA.

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