I am a huge fan of all things FABULOUS, but I typically go more simple for Thanksgiving. I usually don’t use tablecloths, chargers, cloth napkins and such, but this year was I decided to do things differently! I did not want paper plates, plastic utensils, and paper napkins (obviously, I don’t wash the dishes- lol), so I went for something more. If you know me, you know I endeavor to keep the costs low while not sacrificing the style I want. Most of the time, it works out for me. I must say, I was pleased with the outcome of my low cost table setting. Here are the details. I hope you are inspired!
I wanted place mats, and I knew I wanted to go to Homegoods (my FAVORITE store on earth) to find some fabulous ones at a low price. As expected, their shelves were filled with sparkly, beaded place mats in the typical fancy holiday dinner colors (silver, gold, and red). I really wanted something more fall-like, and after digging around on their shelvers, I spied these orange knitted pumpkin-colored place mats, hiding underneath their more flashy shelf-mates. They had 8 of them, which is exactly the amount I needed. Unfortunately, they did not have a price tag, but that didn’t stop me. I located a manager and she priced them at $7.99 for each pack of 4.
I am a HUGE fan of layering textures to create visual interest, so I was not worried about how casual the placemats were. They were giving the fall color and texture I wanted. Adding some sparkle in other areas of the table would contrast perfectly with the knitted placemats.
Next were cloth napkins! I only recently started buying these, and I am smitten with them. They are an inexpensive way to add more pattern to a table at a low cost. I only use them for small dinner parties though. I got these plaid gold and white ones at Homegoods for $6.99 for a pack of 6. I needed 8, so I bought another coordinating style, which I ended up using for the settings at both ends of the table.
I paired the mats and napkins with gold chargers from The Dollar Tree for a touch of glam. Although the white tablecloth is elegant, the burlap table runner is more casual, so mixing in something more shiny was necessary for the look I was going for. I have linen (napkins), burlap (table runner), and knit (placemat), against smoother textures like the tablecloth, chargers, and plates. Touch yo’ neighbor and tell ’em- “Ya girl got layers of textures!”.
I must admit, I was clueless about what to put at the center of the table. I can’t stand tall arrangements. Sure, they can look good, but they usually impede my view of the other people at the table with me. One of the best parts of eating together is engaging the other people at the table with me, and I can’t engage them if I can’t see them. Needless to say, I was going for something low in height and inexpensive with a fall feel. I saw some fresh fall floral arrangements on sale at my local grocery store for $5. I cut the stems down and put them in a small vase I had on hand. I also picked up a butternut squash to go with the 2 acorn squash and 1 butternut squash I already had at home. I added small votives from The Dollar Tree, and flanked both sides of the group vegetable, floral, and votive grouping with white candles inside candle lanterns that I purchased a while ago from Homegoods (told you I love that store).
To add some whimsy, I put a tutu and a necklace on my daughter’s dress form. My daughter makes tutu’s and keeps this dress form in our dining room for her product photo shoots. Instead of moving it out, I just kept it in there for an unexpected touch of fun!
To further add contrast and fun, I used silver flatware right alongside my gold chargers. Long stemmed glasses from The Dollar Tree finished out the look. Check out my 15 second Table tour!
My chalkboard (you guessed it, I bought it from Homegoods a while ago and painted the frame gold), always finds its way into my decorations! I assigned someone in my home the task of creating a seasonal sign for the occasion, but through the busyness of the day, they never got to complete it! lol!
From there, we just added music, people we love, food, and most importantly, prayers of thanks to the Lord for all His wonderful blessings!
I hope you were inspired! Be sure to leave me a comment. Thank you! (P.S. YES, we actually keep our chargers in place when we eat. I love the visual, and it’s a great protector of my tablecloth! I write my own rules!)