Can you believe that we’re only a week and a half away from Thanksgiving?! I have no idea what happened to the time but it’s absolutely escaped me. I’m so incredibly excited for Thanksgiving though because Charlie and I are hosting Thanksgiving for the very first time! The best part is that this will also be our first Thanksgiving in our new home. Part of our family is coming up from NC to spend a few days, see a bit of Philly, and eat some turkey with us. 🙂
I’m a painfully detail oriented perfectionist and was raised by the hostess with mostest so, as you can imagine, I couldn’t let our first time hosting Thanksgiving happen without a fabulous Thanksgiving tablescape. 😛 However, we’re new homeowners, I no longer have a “traditional” income, the holidays are right around the corner, and we have a trip coming up after Christmas. Needless to say, we couldn’t spend a fortune on our Thanksgiving tablescape. So, today, I’m going to share my 6 (tried and true) tips for creating a beautiful Thanksgiving tablescape on a budget.
6 Tips for Creating a Beautiful Thanksgiving Tablescape on a Budget
Tip 1: Buy things that match what you already own
One of the reasons that I really like neutral home decor is that it’s versatile. Not only is it easy to redecorate with things you already have by just moving them around your house, but it’s also easy to reuse decor during different seasons and holidays!
Our dining room and dishes are grey themed so I made sure to purchase fall and Thanksgiving decor that tied in with our already existing grey pieces. Since oranges and browns are really popular this time of year, I also wanted to bring that into the picture. I decided to mix gold and silver metals as a way to bring the cool and warm tones together.
Tip 2: Buy a little as you go
I have a feeling my mom, dad, and husband are going to laugh when they read this because this is something that I have never been great at, but buy a little as you go. You don’t have to have it all right away. I’m trying my best to become a more patient (and finically responsible) young woman and realize that I’m going to survive if everything isn’t perfect or completed right away and I actually did that with our Thanksgiving tablescape. It’s a small step, but it’s a step. 😛
Anyways, the first thing I did was put pumpkins on the candle holders of our regular centerpiece just to give it a touch of fall before I had the chance to really turn it into a fall and Thanksgiving tablescape. A little later on I found our runner at Homegoods (a great affordable place for home decor!) so I purchased that and added it to the table. Even though I hadn’t swapped out our floral arrangement yet, it already felt more like fall and Thanksgiving!
Tip 3: Don’t replace things that you use everyday
Don’t buy new dishes, napkins, and silverware. These are things that you use everyday so you should try to make them work with your seasonal and holiday decor. Instead, just replace the accessories like napkin rings and placemats. Not only is it more cost efficient than buying an entirely new set of dishes, but it’s also easier to store when you’re not using them. 😉
Tip 4: Reuse parts of your regular centerpiece/tablescape
Reuse parts of your regular centerpiece/tablescape if you can. For instance, the candle holders in our Thanksgiving tablescape are the same candle holders that I use in our regular centerpiece. Again, this is where it comes in handy to have neutral decor. 🙂 You can see our regular dining room centerpiece here.
Tip 5: DIY
Another great way to save money is to do it yourself! The best place to DIY is with your floral arrangements. A nice floral arrangement can be super expensive. It’s kind of ridiculous, honestly. But creating your own floral arrangement is not only a great way to save money and cut costs but to also bring your own unique style and flare to your tablescape! My favorite place to buy floral stems and sprays is at Michael’s! They have a huge variety of great quality options that are really affordable in comparison to a lot of home goods stores. They also run sales on a regular basis which helps even more!
Tip 6: Buy off season
Buying off season is, hands down, the simplest way to save money. To get good pieces, though, you have to look for sales as soon as the season or holiday is over so that it doesn’t all get swooped up! My vase is actually a Christmas decoration that I caught off season for a fraction of the price. And it doesn’t say “Merry Christmas” so no one has to know. 😉
So there are 6 simple and easy steps to creating a beautiful Thanksgiving tablescape on a budget! And, honestly, if you’re still trying to put yours together, now may be a great time to catch some early sales! Everyone is gearing up for Christmas and already putting their fall and Thanksgiving decor on sale so I would get it while the gettin’s good. 🙂
I hope you guys enjoyed this home decor post and found it helpful! Happy decorating, lovely people! Thanks so much for reading!