For many of us, Thanksgiving is our favorite holiday of the year. It’s a day when multi-generational families get together to give thanks and enjoy each other’s company. Whether you host the annual Thanksgiving dinner, or this is your year, here are a few ideas to give your guests a memorable Thanksgiving welcome as soon as they see your front porch.

Decorate the Front Porch for Friendly Curb Appeal

The mild North Georgia climate makes it possible to spend quality time on your front porch. Create a welcoming spot by placing cozy blankets and pillows on your front porch bench, chairs, or swing. Decorate your porch with faux pumpkins, berry wreaths, and potted plants. Add gourds, corn shucks, and ribbons to create the picture-perfect Thanksgiving welcome for your guests.

Because of its symbolism, a cornucopia is the traditional Thanksgiving motif. Representing harvest plenty, a cornucopia is a horn-shaped wicker basket filled with various kinds of festive fruit and vegetables. If you have young children, creating your family’s own personal cornucopia is a great activity that they’ll remember for years to come.

If you don’t happen to have a front porch, no problem—for next year. You might be surprised to learn that several of our projects were the result of customers enjoying a relative’s front porch on Thanksgiving and wanting one for their very own. If you are so inspired, please contact us and we’d be happy to create the perfect porch for your home.

Simple Ways to Prep for Your Guests’ Arrival

When preparing for the your special visitors, it is easy to overlook taking care of the little things that can make a big difference — especially if your Thanksgiving gathering includes young children or the elderly. Take a moment to survey your driveway and walkway and clear out any potential hazards. Make sure stairs and railings are clear and easily accessible. Baby-proof your home if young children will be joining in the celebration. If your kids are older or you are empty nesters, it is easy to forget that young children need protection from their own curiosity.

Stay Active

Whether it is a walk in a local park, a family football game, or a stroll in the neighborhood, engaging in physical activities is a great counter-balance to a day or weekend of calorie consumption. Plus, it’s an outstanding way to clear out the kitchen and let you and your team of chefs work in peace!