Have you ever notice how things that are supposed to be great (like holidays) can often feel burdensome because of the expense?
Well, if you are feeling the crunch this time of year because of Thanksgiving, then let me offer you good news. It doesn’t have to be as expensive as you may think it has to be.
I realize that a lot of people go all out from everything to recipes, amount of food, and even decorations. But you don’t have to.
In fact, I’ve got a few ways for you to save money in the Thanksgiving table décor department. Here are my ideas that will hopefully save you a lot of money.
A Gorgeous Thanksgiving Table on a Budget
1. Grow Your Own Centerpiece
A lot of very common centerpieces include things like pumpkins for decoration. If you go to purchase pumpkins from a store they can be expensive.
So I would suggest, if you think you will use pumpkins to decorate your home or table for Thanksgiving, then you should consider growing a few. Growing pumpkins isn’t terribly complicated, and you don’t need a ton of room to do so.
In fact, if you plant a few hills of pumpkins, you can use a trellis for them to grow up. Then you’ll have plenty of pumpkins to decorate with until your heart is content.
However, if you just really don’t want to grow pumpkins, at least hunt for a local pumpkin patch. In our area, they are usually cheaper than purchasing from a chain store. You could save money by just shopping for the lowest price in your area.
2. DIY It
I was at the store the other day looking for a few items to decorate my home for fall. I was planning on making my décor, but after I saw the prices on the premade décor I knew I was going to be making my own home décor.
So if you are trying to put together beautiful décor for your Thanksgiving meal, then I recommend that you put Pinterest to good use. People have created so many gorgeous ideas that are rather inexpensive.
For instance, I found this centerpiece that you could probably make with items you already have on hand. They took different colored beans and corn and layered them in a vase.
Then they placed a candle in the center and a piece of string around it to make a simple bow. It doesn’t get much easier or inexpensive than that.
As you can see, you can create some gorgeous centerpieces with very little investment once you find the right inspiration.
3. Raise Your Bouquets
Mums and other fall flowers are a big deal for centerpieces around Thanksgiving. If you like mums, then you should consider growing them yourself.
Or you could grow a few other gorgeous types of flowers in a greenhouse too so you could have them around Thanksgiving to decorate with. This will save you plenty of money instead of purchasing a bunch of fall flowers from local nurseries.
But if you aren’t someone that likes to grow things, then you could also consider shopping for artificial fall flowers after the season is over. That way you could have plenty of flowers to create ample centerpieces, but without all of the expense involved if they were purchased in season.
4. Let the Food Do the Dazzling
I know in our day in time it is all about the decorations, and if you are one of those people that has a large dining room meant to host special occasions such as Thanksgiving with a large table that leaves room for both food and decoration, then you are extremely fortunate. I hope you realize that.
Because, truthfully, most of us have one space for eating. We have a table that is barely big enough to hold the food and our families.
So in my house, I decorate my front door and porch with some pumpkins, a few flowers, and a wreath, but I don’t worry so much about table décor.
You may be thinking, “What? Why?”
Well, because I let my food do the decorating. My table is a bigger table, but I have a large family too. Which means I require quite a few dishes on Thanksgiving.
Then I just arrange the food in dishes that add some color and make sure that the food looks pretty and appetizing. That is all the décor I feel we really need.
So if you are on a super tight budget, I tell you, don’t fret over creating the perfect centerpiece. Instead, just make an amazing meal and allow it to decorate your table.
5. Become BFF’s with the Bargain Store
For those of you who are super crafty and are thinking, “No way, Sister! I’m not giving up my centerpiece.” I understand that and think you are amazing for wanting your home to be as welcoming as you can possibly make it.
So in that case, I suggest that you find your local bargain store and get creative. Many bargain stores have items as low as a $1. In that case, you could buy a vase, some marbles to go in it, some nice artificial fall flowers, and a bow.
Then for less than $10, you could have a humdinger of a centerpiece to decorate your table this Thanksgiving.
Or you could stroll through their seasonal aisle to see what other inspirations you can pick up. Our bargain store has a great aisle for seasonal items, baskets, home décor, and flowers. All of those things together could make a gorgeous table decoration.
So be creative, go shopping on a day when you are by yourself, can think, and pick up on any inspirations you may find. You may even surprise yourself with the gorgeous décor you create!
6. Buy Low and Rework It
This is something I do when I’m decorating my home for any season. I love flowers, but I don’t love just any flowers. I’m a fresh flower kind of girl. I try to grow my own flowers, but there are some times in life when you just don’t have the time.
Actually, this year has been one of those times. We moved to a new home, and I barely had enough time to get a garden in the ground for our food this year.
But I had no time to really focus on flowers. So when that happens, I go to my local nursery and see what items they have marked down. This may be flowers or other décor items.
In the event it is a décor item, if I like it, I buy it and figure out how to rework it to where it works for what I want to do.
An example would be when I purchased a few scarecrows last year that were on sale. I’ve used them multiple times already in different ways.
Last year, I used some of our hay bales and stacked them up. Then I placed the scarecrow on top with some pumpkins and mums surrounding it. This year, I’m using the scarecrow to decorate my chicken coop.
Now, I apply this same method to flowers. If I find a mum or any plant I like that is discounted because it appears to be passing away, then if it isn’t too far gone, I’ll buy it.
Then I bring it home and nurse it back to life. This is a great way to get a centerpiece or any type of décor for your home at a discounted price. With mums, you can even plant them after you’ve brought them back to life, and then they’ll come back year after year.
7. Get the Kids to Help
I love this next idea. A few years ago, my husband and I were still trying to pull through a financial storm. We were going to my mom for Thanksgiving (thankfully), but we wanted to contribute something though we didn’t have a lot of money to bring food.
So we had our kids do something that we knew everyone would love. See, most families think that anything a child does is super spectacular. It has a way of adding a touch of love to any situation.
Which is why we had our kids draw some really awesome pictures depicting Thanksgiving. They could draw a picture of the first Thanksgiving, make a hand turkey on a piece of paper, or just draw a picture of the family.
Then you can laminate these pictures to make unique placemats for everyone at Thanksgiving. Not only is an inexpensive way to decorate, but your kids get to have a hand in helping.
Also, consider making paper chains to decorate for Thanksgiving. You could write what you are thankful for on each chain and then hang it up over the table to use as Thanksgiving décor.
Getting the kids on board will definitely make the Thanksgiving décor that much more special.
8. Edible Décor
My final way to decorate your table for Thanksgiving on a budget is by creating something edible. I know, you are going to have a ton of food at Thanksgiving, but you could still make an edible centerpiece.
See, I love this because you can still make it yourself and to create stuff from food is usually less expensive than purchasing flowers or other items.
However, I have one specific idea in mind. I found this edible cornucopia and have loved it ever since. I already said that I don’t normally decorate my table with anything else besides the meal. Sometimes I’ll put a couple of candles around the food just to add a softness to the occasion.
But when I saw this cornucopia, I knew I had to try it this year and it can easily be created from canned pizza crust. Then you stuff it with real food.
After the meal is done, you can use the fruit for later, and you can feed the cornucopia to your family for breakfast the next day or even toss it to the chickens.
But you’ll have a gorgeous and simple centerpiece without a lot of expense. Which is the goal for most frugal Thanksgiving hosts.
So I’ve now given you 8 tips to save some serious money when decorating your table for the big Thanksgiving feast that you’ll host this year.
But how do you plan on decorating your table this Thanksgiving? What do you use? Do you have any specific design ideas you could share with us?
We’d love to hear them so feel free to post your ideas below.