The holiday season is almost here, ladies and gents! The first one coming up quickly on the calendar? Thanksgiving, the holiday that’s all about giving thanks for what you’ve got and enjoying some gobble gobble until you wobble wobble. For many, this time of year is packed full of travel plans and trips back home to visit family and friends. But long-distance travel is expensive and sometimes plans just don’t work out, which means there are always a few First Apartment-ers who celebrate the holidays in their apartments surrounded by roommates, neighbors, and friends.
Inevitably, not being able to head home for Thanksgiving leaves many feeling blue and wondering how to get that holiday feeling without family around. The truth is, staying local and bringing the festivities to your apartment will be different from going home, but that doesn’t mean you can’t make your holidays away from home magical in your own way. One of our personal favorite ways to make this happen and to get into the spirit of celebrating is to decorate our apartment with fun, handmade decor (it’s especially fun when you get friends and roommates in on it, too!). So, instead of worrying about being away from family this season, focus on celebrating with your new family of friends and making your new apartment a true “home away from home.” Here are 10 cheap and easy DIY Thanksgiving decor picks that we’ve fallen in love with!
Heading home for the Turkey Day, but want to host a Friendsgiving dinner the weekend before? We’ve got your covered in that department, too. No time to plan a big production? Click here how to pull together an easy, last minute Thanksgiving feast in your apartment.1. Chalkboard Pumpkins
via Better Recipes2. “I am thankful for…” Placemats
via Ella Claire3. Thankful Tablecloth 4. Carved Pumpkin Ice Bucket
via Cheryl Style5. Pine Cone Place Card Holders 6. Happy Thanksgiving Centerpieces
via A Cozy Kitchen
These instructions suggest using real linen napkins and using iron-on adhesives, but we think it’s a lot easier (and wallet-friendly) to use paper napkins and ink stamps!9. Cinnamon Stick Candles
via Studio DIY
Apartment-living vets, what are some ways that you adjusted to spending the holidays away from family? Share below!