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Pretty Up Your Thanksgiving Table on a Dime

Posted Nov 16 2012 7:00am
Frugal Living

Thanksgiving is a time for gathering around the table with loved ones and reflecting on all of the blessings we have in our lives. It’s a beautiful celebration. A reminder to always be thankful.

While the food at Thanksgiving is always the real centerpiece, an actual centerpiece or other accents to the table, go a long way in making the meal feel more warm and inviting.

But don’t blow your budget running out at the last minute to gather pretties. Take some time to look over these ideas for creating inexpensive, yet lovely, table decor for your Thanksgiving feast:

First shop your home (and yard) looking for items that can be used to create something lovely. Gather pine cones, nuts, leaves and branches. Pull out your ribbon and fabric stash. Bring out bowls that go ignored the rest of the year, and let your creativity flow!

~Place nuts or pine cones in the bottom of a glass vase. Add long twigs and branches (esp those with little berries on them).

~Layer corn kernels, nuts, bean etc. in a clear glass bowl (think sand art). Use a variety of colors and items, or stick to a monochromatic palette.

~Another option, is to add candle in the middle of the bowl and add the layers around it.

~Tie ribbon around vases or bowls, around napkins, on the ends of serving utensils.

 ~If you have faux foam pumpkins from Halloween, consider sacrificing one (or more!) for your centerpiece. ModPodge it. Cover it in fabric, glitter, sequins. Paint them. You can even make a ‘vase’ out of it by cutting off the top to make a large opening. Add a fall bouquet, spruce it up with twigs and branches. Make it lovely!

 ~Use leftover decorative fabric or paper to create a Thanksgiving bunting banner to hang on the dining room window, mantle or wall. You can go ahead and decorate it yourself, or allow family and friends to each decorate a ‘flag’.

~Make Thanksgiving garland. Who says garland is only for Christmas? It can be as simple as cutting fall colored circles out and stapling or threading to twine or cord, or as elaborate as stringing fruit, popcorn and/or silk leaves.

What are your favorite Thanksgiving decorating tips and ideas?

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