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Thanksgiving on a budget

Can you believe it’s Thanksgiving already? Time flies when you’re…ugh…busy…eek! As busy as life is, there are fun projects that really DO make the time fly, like creating Thanksgiving Tablescapes. My assignment this year was to create a Thanksgiving tablescape for two different Thanksgivings in two different locations. This meant my I had to do my Thanksgiving tablescapes on a budget. That’s right, I was in charge of all the place settings, place cards, cups, napkins, centerpieces, the whole bit. I even threw in a little Thanksgiving activity at the last minute.

My creative process for the Thanksgiving tablescapes on a budget, always seems to start in the same place…Pinterest. I love Pinterest, because it’s a place I can go to get some inspiration and where all things seem possible from my little computer screen. I started an entire Pinterest board around my tablescape ideas. I had three favorite pins that I based my entire design from.

1.The Apple and Eucalyptus Tablescape

The Apple Thanksgiving Tablescape

So simple and so elegant at the same time. What says “Fall” better than fresh apples? I had never thought of putting apples and Thanksgiving together before, but I have to say that are a match that should be put together time and time again.

2. The Clementine, Pine and Rosemary Sprigs Tablescape

The Clementine, Pine and Rosemary Sprigs Thanksgiving Tablescape

Clean, white linens, rustic burlap, evergreens and a pop of orange…what’s not to love? You can see that I am sticking to a theme of fresh fruit on the table. I love the way that clementines make your hands smell so good after peeling one. This is another winner in my book. I’ve linked to the picture source up from Williams Sonoma, which directs you to the flatware shown in the picture. I didn’t have any extra little pumpkins this year to put out on the table, but getting clementines only required a short trip to the market.

3. It’s all About the Buffalo Plaid

Buffalo Check Thanksgiving Tablescape
Buffalo Check Thanksgiving Tablescape

I’m a bit obsessed with buffalo plaid this year. This classic print has been gaining popularity in recent years, but this year I fully embraced it. I don’t usually like putting orange and black together for any other holiday than Halloween, but I decided this would be a fun to try for Thanksgiving.

After finding my main inspiration, I took a quick trip down the road to Walmart where I found some magnolia flowers and green ferns that I just couldn’t pass up. It wasn’t in my plan, but suddenly it I could envision it all coming together. I swapped out candles for my trusty fairy lights that I’ve had for years. Since I had them already on hand, it saved a bit of money and these lights just make everything seem magical.

Thanksgiving Place Settings

My favorite Gold Party Place Settings

I found these plates, cups and utensils on Amazon, and they worked out so well.

Thanksgiving Tablescapes on a Budget

Thanksgiving on a budget


Here are the three my Thanksgiving tablescapes on a budget; three tables for two different Thanksgiving dinners in two different locations.


Thanksgiving Activities

Thanksgiving Conversation Cards

Don’t get me wrong, I always enjoy going around the table with everyone saying something they are thankful for. This year, I wanted to try something a little different, so I printed off these Thanksgiving conversation starters and put them on the back of everyone’s place card. This way, everyone at each table had a different question to answer which made the conversation really lively!

Thanksgiving placecards

Thanksgiving Mad Libs for Kids

For the nieces and nephews, I wanted to give them some fun activities that would hold their interest through most of dinner. I printed off these mad libs and activity pages and put crayons next to each kids place setting.

Thanksgiving was a success! For a total of 30 people the whole thing cost under $40 for the place settings, tablescapes and paper for the placecards. Feel free to share your ideas for Thanksgiving, what did your Thanksgiving table look like this year?

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