Thanksgiving Decor on a Dime

Photo 1 Table Wide - Thanksgiving Decor on a Dime

Shop Your Own House For Table Decor

This year I am hosting Thanksgiving dinner at my home. I don’t know about you, but hands down this is my favorite holiday. Happily, my brother-in-law will be bringing the turkey, and I’ll be cooking up some of my favorite side dishes. I shopped my own house and am using my own dishes and stemware. I decided to repurpose a fitted sheet for the tablecloth. A queen sheet fits a 6-foot table perfectly—just cinch the sides with a safety pin to create a swag effect.

For the rest of the table décor, I set up a personal challenge. The Dollar Tree store and my garden were the only two design resources I would tap into. I managed to decorate the table for under $40! Here are some of my tips and tricks:

Photo 2 Place setting - Thanksgiving Decor on a Dime

Holiday Tabletop Tips and Tricks

• Mix high and low. Dollar Tree plastic charger plates in gold give my elegant dishware extra style points, and I can use them again for Christmas. Love these!

• Vary the heights of your table décor. Candlelight is your best friend at any party, and I like to create different levels of light and “glow.” Glue glass candlesticks to vases for dramatic candleholders in various sizes and shapes.

• Layer your table top with different textures and patterns. A scrap piece of burlap serves as my table runner base along with adhesive shelf paper in a gray floral pattern. The shelf paper is water-resistant, which makes spills easier to wipe up.

Photo 3 Mirror - Thanksgiving Decor on a Dime

• Add personal touches. Place cards welcome all of your guests to the table. I was thrilled to find these mini-beveled mirrors for $1 to use as my coaster/place cards. Use a gold Sharpie pen and write everyone’s name on the glass. Nail polish remover erases any mistakes and cleans them up after the party is over. These are definite keepers for the party prop closet.

Give Thanks Tree

• Create a dramatic centerpiece. This year my parent’s mini-pomegranate tree was so bountiful I knew I would be using the branches for the centerpiece. I wanted to make a gratitude tree where guests would write what they are most thankful for on paper tags and tie them on the tree.  The lovely birds were courtesy of the Dollar Tree. The gratitude tree will be a great conversation starter during dinner and will keep us focused on what the holiday is all about.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!!