A few years ago, I started planning my Thanksgiving table decorations. Before that, I would choose a table cloth, add some candles, and use our best china and silver. Now, I like to exercise my creativity for myself, my family, and my guests, plus get my kids involved.
With a small budget for our family of 7, I focus on using thrifted, natural, and dollar store items whenever I decorate. At Thanksgiving, I like to bring in fall foliage from our flower beds to add a personal touch. Thanks to our edible landscaping I have lots of shrubs and perennials to choose from like rhododendrons, English ivy, fern, grapevine, and highbush cranberries.
In this vase from Ikea, I have rosemary, grapevine, highbush cranberry, and rosemary, all from my yard. Even though these greens may not last very long, they’re still good for a few hours at dinnertime. I found the white lacy table runner many years ago at Goodwill. The autumn tablecloth was a full-price purchase from Bed, Bath, and Beyond.
The silver is a family heirloom which we pull out for every holiday. Since I keep them wrapped in felt wrappers, I usually don’t need to polish them. The white plate with a beaded rim came from the Dollar Tree; I bought 12 plates, enough for a party and any accidents we might have. I found the white napkins and the pink depression dessert plate at local thrift shops.
This cute green pumpkin came from the Dollar Tree. The silvery tea light next to it was a clearance find at Kohl’s last year. I bought 2 sets of the tea lights.