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Budget Friendly & Unique Thanksgiving Place Settings Ideas
The holidays are typically when we pull out all the stops and completely lose our sense of frugality as we strive to have the ultimate décor, the finest of dishes and hors d’oeuvres to impress royalty. When it comes to our table settings we want a unique, magazine ready display that would rival anything on Good Housekeeping or Better Homes. However, if you have an ounce of restraint left before completely losing your prudent purse, here are a few ways you can have Budget Friendly & Unique Thanksgiving Place Setting Ideas that will make your dining room table an envy for all to enjoy without losing all your money.
Below I will give you some great ideas you can incorporate that include Thanksgiving table decorations, tablescape designs and some fun Thanksgiving table ideas to help pair with the great food you will be serving that day. Don’t forget to include delicious recipes like my slow cooker cranberry sauce, sausage stuffing or an easy Pumpkin pie recipe. All these ideas will create the perfect Thanksgiving feast.
So read on to see some great Thanksgiving table decor ideas that will be easy to put together and enjoy!
Thanksgiving Place Settings Ideas
DIY Place Cards:
Use natural elements like small branches, fall leaves, or pine cones to create rustic place cards.
Cut out paper shapes that represent Thanksgiving (turkeys, pumpkins) and write each guest’s name on them.
Mini Pumpkin Place Cards:
Use mini pumpkins as both decor and place cards.You can use orange or white pumpkins and attach a small card with each guest’s name to the stem using twine or ribbon.This is a great way to add some color to your Thanksgiving dinner with some fun fall themed place settings.
Create a “Thanksgiving Tree” Thanksgiving centerpieces using bare branches in a vase. Hang small paper tags with each guest’s name written on them.
Leafy Napkin Rings:
Make napkin rings from faux autumn leaves or cut out colorful leaves from construction paper and attach them to plain napkin rings.
Mason Jar Candle Holders:
Place small candles in mason jars and tie a ribbon or twine around the neck. You can fill the jars with small acorns, beans, or corn kernels for added decoration.
Personalized Gratitude Stones:
Place a small smooth stone at each setting and write a word of gratitude or thanks on it using a metallic marker. Guests can take these home as keepsakes.
Hand Painted Colored Charger Plates
Almost every home and décor magazine displays an impeccable table set with stunning chargers. Those chargers can run $10-$25 a piece, however, let me share a secret. Do you know where you can get them for pennies…like 100 pennies? The dollar tree carries chargers, usually in gold chargers, red, silver and green chargers. Simply buy some acrylic paint to add some swirls and you have a beautiful resting place for your fine china or leave them as is with gold flatware. Aldi’s carries some gorgeous flatware for around $15. This creates a beautiful thanksgiving table leaving you a pretty table!
Thanksgiving Tablescape ideas
Burlap Table Runners:
Use burlap as a table runner for a rustic and affordable touch. You can even write or paint Thanksgiving-themed messages on it.
Herb Bouquet Place Settings:
Tie together small bouquets of fresh herbs (rosemary, thyme, sage) with twine. Place one at each setting, and guests can use them in cooking or as a fragrant keepsake.
Kids Table Butcher Paper
If you will be having children at your gathering shell out a few dollars to purchase butcher paper, or maybe just sweet talk the butcher into sharing his roll. Either way, use white butcher or rolled craft paper as a tablecloth inviting children to scrawl their sentiments or stick people across the table. This works best if you give them a small container of crayons in the center of the table as the medium to work their magic with.
Dried Citrus Slice Coasters:
Dry thin slices of oranges or lemons and use them as coasters. Place one at each setting to add a pop of color and a subtle citrus scent.
Collect and paint empty tin cans or glass jars in fall colors. Place small bouquets of inexpensive flowers or branches in them for simple and cost-effective centerpieces.
Candy-Filled Glass Tea Light sconces
Before you leave the hallowed ground of your local dollar tree (and if you don’t have one they have an online store too) pick up some of the small glass tea light holders. These look elegant, dare I say pricey, and can be filled with candy corn or some rich chocolates for each place setting. Your guests will feel honored and special as they can sneak a sweet in while waiting for that dressing to be passed.
Thanksgiving table setting ideas
Cloth Napkin Folding:
Get creative with napkin folding. Fold napkins into turkey shapes or simple accordion folds and secure them with decorative napkin rings.
Printable Menus/Place Cards:
Create printable Thanksgiving menus or place cards. There are many free templates online that you can customize to match your theme.
Remember, the key is to incorporate elements that are meaningful to you and your guests. Feel free to mix and match these ideas to suit your style and create a memorable Thanksgiving atmosphere on a budget.
These can sometimes be found at that secret location mentioned above but may require a trip to your local craft store. You can still pick them up rather inexpensively (always use the half off coupons available at most craft chains and buy these in bundles of 5 or more to save $) Pick up a few chalkboard pens and have each guest write what they are thankful for on their chalkboard.
Thanksgiving table settings
If you live in any of the areas that have been hand painted hues of pink, red, orange and yellow go for a quick walk a day or so before Thanksgiving. Grabbing different autumnal colors to place on your holiday table. This will bring together a cohesive look for an informal or formal table. Add some white dinner plates or neutral colors. This will be an easy way to make your turkey day dinner table gorgeous! As a rule of thumb find yourself some leathery leaves (not the fun crunchy kind that your children might love to step on) and simply mist them with water then pat dry and scatter about your table for a festive and colorful, yet free look.
Getting ready for your favorite holidays
The Holidays really are an amazing time of year. Putting together the the perfect holiday look for your dining tables is easy. Most important fun thanks to the wonderful and different colors and color palette available during this time of year. You’ll be amazing at all this holiday season has to offer in order to create the perfect holiday dinner party.
With just a few creative ideas , you can create a magazine-ready table. Best of all without busting the budget. Try a few of these ideas you won’t be disappointed. Finally, sit back while your guests remark at your brilliant ingenuity for unique and budget friendly place settings.
Looking for more Thanksgiving Ideas? Check out this Printable Thanksgiving day menu