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Nov 192013

Budget Friendly Thanksgiving Decorations

With Thanksgiving almost here, I thought it was time to share some of my budget friendly Thanksgiving decoration ideas. So Ken and I thrashed the kitchen the other day, cooked a turkey and this is what we came up with. First let me say that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to have a beautiful Thanksgiving tablescape. All you need is a little imagination (and a local Dollar Tree store doesn’t hurt).

Lets start with the first thing you’ll put on your table. The table cloth can be store bought, of course, but have you ever thought about using materials you may already have around the house? We layered two pieces of fabric for this look. I purchased the bottom piece of fabric on clearance, some time ago, for $1.00 per yard. I had intended to make something out of it, but haven’t had time to use it yet. Over that is a piece of a sari from a costume I had made a couple years ago. You can even shop thrift stores to look for material that could be used to great effect. Total cost of our tablecloth= Free (found items from around the house)

Thanksgiving setting with Turkey

The Thanksgiving napkin rings were hand made by yours truly. I found the ribbon at the dollar store and purchased 2 rolls @ $1.00 each. I also purchased the gold eucalyptus with straw bits at the dollar store for $1.00. The nuts, small ribbon to tie around the napkin and glue gun & sticks I already had. Total cost of napkin rings= $3.00

The napkin ring is a cinch to make just make your bow and tie with ribbon around your napkin. Then glue your decorations in the middle with a glue gun. Easy as pie 🙂

Thanksgiving napkin ring how to

I didn’t have to buy dishes, but if you need dishes on a tight budget, the dollar store may once again be your best friend. While I was there, I spotted some beautiful golden stoneware with a raised pattern, just perfect for Thanksgiving, and they always seem to have plenty of glassware. I generally like to shop there first, before going to the other craft stores, because it can save me a ton of money. You may need to weed through a good deal of cheesy and tacky stuff, but if you look around you can find some real treasures for only $1.00 each.

Just as an example, for Halloween we needed battery operated tea lights. I almost bought a big package of them at Sams Club for $20. I had to run to the dollar store for something else and asked if they had any there. Yep, 2 tea lights per package for $1.00. Big time budget savings for decorations.

Close up Turkey with Berries

The candle holders on our Thanksgiving table are once again from the dollar store, as well as the votives inside them. We bought the candles and the fall leaves that you see under the turkey platter, last year, for another party.

Don’t forget to dress up your turkey as well. Here we added spinach leaves, whole cranberries, nuts and sprinkled a little Italian seasoning on the turkey platter.

Thanksgiving Place Setting

Remember for Thanksgiving to bring in natural elements wherever you can, such as fall leaves, nuts, eucalyptus and pumpkins. Adding candles to your Thanksgiving table decorations, adds a warm, festive touch to the decor. It doesn’t take much to have beautiful, budget friendly Thanksgiving decorations. Most of all keep in mind not to stress out if you don’t have the newest, or latest and greatest things to show off. Your family & friends are there to spend time with you and enjoy your company.

May you & your’s enjoy the blessings of the season


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  2 Responses to “Budget Friendly Thanksgiving Decorations”

  1. Freaken AWESOME!! Photos are great! Very creative on a budget! 5*

  2. Thank you Elizebeth so glad you like our blog. We will be posting new Christmas decorating ones soon so keep an eye out for them 🙂

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