If you're short on time and funds, or just have a serious disinterest in plastic pumpkins and turkeys that you have to store for 11 months, Mother Nature can give you a Thanksgiving décor assist. If you have a yard or garden you can gather supplies right outside your door, but plenty of materials can be found at the farmer's market and produce sections for little money. Additional items can be scavenged from the autumn debris at a local park. So you don't get carted to jail for “shopping" at the park; be mindful of what and how you glean.
Once you get back to the dining table, mantle or sideboard, keep your arrangements simple and use a mix of forms, colors and textures for quick, eye pleasing displays. A bright, white birch branch down the center of the table with fallen leaves and colorful gourds and/or apples, in random clusters along each side, is a perfect example. Three mini pumpkins, some acorns and a chunky candle work well for a smaller space and can be given a more polished looked by placing them on a decorative tray or cloth napkin. For a bit more drama and vertical interest - use twiggy branches, single or multiple, in bottles or vases set amongst your arrangements or on their own. For a nod to the cornucopia tradition, tip a basket on its side and arrange autumn fruit and forage in a colorful tumble from within.