Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Guide to decorating for Thanksgiving when you do not have decorations

I finally put away the Halloween decorations, but I had a small crisis when I didn't have appropriate Thanksgiving decorations to fill in the gap. So I present you my guide to decorating for a holiday when you don't really have any decorations.

1. What do you have that looks nice? I have a lot of books, so I use books as my starting point.
2. What kinds of themes can you attach to the holiday in question? I've been thinking about Thanksgiving a little, and besides gratitude and thankfulness and pumpkins, Thanksgiving has a lot to do with colonialization, survival, exploration, and food. And the East Coast.
3. Combine the two so you can explain your decorations! Decorations are all about context, right?

Examples:
Lots of exploration AND colonialization in this one
East Coast and survival
Survival and food
This is from I SPY Treasure. Lighthouses are coastal; maybe even east-coastal?

okay here is some general Thanksgiving nonsense to prove I can do this
Cardinal and fox=east coast. My kangaroo represents the exotic "other" and fox and kangaroo have always been married, so it seemed like a good theme to bring up at Thanksgiving. An exotic otter may have been even better.

2 comments:

lisalou said...

love it!

Andrea Landaker said...

That is some serious metaphorical decorating! I like the stuffed animal tableau. All it needs is a hapless turkey in the middle . . . :-D