Affordable Ideas for Thanksgiving Decorating

Hosting friends and family for Thanksgiving dinner is a labor of love that can become costly. If you are hosting Thanksgiving this year, rest assured that you can have a gorgeous tablescape without spending all of your dough. Budget decorating is about thinking outside the box and maximizing your creativity and resources. Here are 5 budget-friendly tips to get your creative Thanksgiving decor juices flowing.

TIP 1: DRAPE YOUR TABLE WITH SOMETHING UNCONVENTIONAL.

I have heard it said that a room without a rug is like a kiss without a hug. I think the same can be said for tables and table runners/tablecloths. A runner or tablecloth grounds your table and sets the stage for your centerpiece and place settings. Consider using kraft paper, scrapbook paper, leaves, book pages, vintage scarves, or burlap for your table runner. You will save money and make a lasting impression.

1. Chalk cloth table runner by Finding Home 2. Fall leaves runner by Celebrations

3. Kraft paper runner by Ruffled 4. Bookpage runner by BHG

TIP 2: REPURPOSE YOUR HALLOWEEN PUMPKINS.

If you have any uncarved pumpkins left over from Halloween, consider using them on your Thanksgiving table. Remove the stems from small pumpkins and use a spade blade bit on your drill to create tea light holders. Large pumpkins make great flower vases. Simply carve out the middle of the pumpkin and conceal a vase inside. Decorative gourds and pumpkins look beautiful placed as a runner down a long table. Pumpkins can also be painted and gussied up with ribbon and embellishments to make a dramatic statement.

1. Luminary pumpkins by Martha Stewart 2. Pumpkin vase by Kojo Designs

3. Pumpkin runner by Martha Stewart 4. Painted and embellished pumpkins by The V Spot

TIP 3: RAID THE OUTDOORS.

Acorns, pinecones, leaves, branches and berries are free for the taking this time of year. Place sticks or wheat in a vase for an inexpensive yet impressive centerpiece.

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