One of the great things about fall decorating in North America is the continuity of theme between its 2 major holidays: Halloween and Thanksgiving. Oh, sure, the spooky yard decorations are appropriate only for Halloween. Still, the fundamental landscape design theme for both holidays is the harvest. All your corn stalks, pumpkins, scarecrows and gourds can serve as both Halloween and Thanksgiving yard decorations.
About's Interior Decorating site provides step-by-step instructions for making fall wreaths, those classic outdoor Thanksgiving decorations. Bittersweet (pictured here), indian corn and dried ornamental gourds are some of the elements commonly used in fall wreaths. Such elements provide your outdoor Thanksgiving decorations with the harvest theme that is so appropriate throughout the fall -- even if you don't celebrate Thanksgiving, per se.
Photo ©2005 David Beaulieu (licensed to About, Inc.)
Related resource: Thanksgiving Clip Art