Thanksgiving is just 3 weeks away and I’m over here like, wasn’t it just summer? But onto the most important question, who else is so excited for Thanksgiving food??? It’s funny because I’ve never actually made an entire Thanksgiving dinner myself aside from contributing a side dish or a dessert. We always make the trip and visit family on the holiday and first eat at my mom’s, who happens to be a fantastic cook. Then we go to my mother-in-laws where everybody brings over their specialty dish… and yes, we do eat TWO full dinners on Thanksgiving.
I know I’ll eventually learn how to cook a turkey and all the fixings, but for now I’m happy coming up with different tablescapes for the Holiday. A month or so ago I created this “Fall Transformation” table for a discount retail store and wanted to share the details on how I decorated this Thanksgiving table on a budget. All the details are below!
A must have for me, especially around the holidays. It’s so great to have on hand and I use it to wrap floral bouquets, wrap gifts, and here made placemats for Thanksgiving that took nothing more than a Sharpie and some scissors to cut the paper.
If you can’t budget for fresh floral yet want to incorporate a natural element, or want to create a runner centerpiece really quickly, branches are a perfect choice. I used two artificial berry branches and placed them so the tops of each branch were flanking the ends of the table, making it look like a garland. I scattered in a few real mini pumpkins because they are more cost effective than artificial and pop again the red berries.
Add Lighting and Height
Candles, string lights, or in this case I found these cylinder vases with built in fairy string lights that added a bit of height. If you already have vases like these you could add the fairy lights, or another option if you already have cylinder vases: add water, some fresh cranberries and a floating candle to get a similar look. If you are looking for inexpensive cylinder vases, Hobby Lobby or any craft store carries them, the ones I used are 12″ tall.
A Set of White Dishes
These are our everyday dishes and we have had them for 5+ years now. Having a great set of white dishes to set your table makes it easy to pull off lots of different tablescapes. (like this one!)
Get Creative With Fabric
If you have an inexpensive dress or some sort of fabric that’s not being used I have a great trick on how to repurpose it. I happened to find a burgundy velvet slip dress for $6.99 at the store and cut and wrapped a faux pumpkin (use a dollar store pumpkin) with it then made the stem out of twine. I used the rest of the fabric as napkin ties by cutting then into rectangular strips.