Decorating your dining room for Christmas dinner doesn’t need to be expensive to make a statement. Read on for some gorgeous and budget-friendly ideas to style your space for the holidays.
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If you’ve been around the blog for awhile then you already know that I’m not one to splurge on décor for every holiday. I make a habit of collecting inexpensive quality pieces over time and DIY’ing whenever possible. There’s also my most favorite decorating hack of course. The Dollar Tree. Yep, you read that right. I’ve bought plenty of items for our home from the famous thrifty store and I am not ashamed y’all. It’s also one of the best places to score craft and DIY items on the cheap.
Ready to see how I created this elegant and budget-friendly dining room for Christmas this year? It was so simple and still makes quite a statement! At least I think so.
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The whole room is centered around the dining table, obviously. But I’m super proud of this little quality set. I scored our heavy duty trestle dining table from the Ballard Designs Outlet for an amazing deal. And then lovingly convinced my husband that we needed to sand it down and refinish it to a different color. Yes, I’m a pain in his butt, but he always goes along with my crazy ideas, because I’m usually always right.
The chairs were all collected over time, just waiting for the right sales to come along. If you can be patient, I highly recommend waiting and adding to your furniture set. It’s a great way to save money and create a curated look rather than something that out of a showroom that’s too matchy-matchy.
So the dining set was a thrifty splurge, but what about the rest of the holiday decorations in this space?
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Normally the word cheap makes me cringe because it usually means poor quality. But not for these gold dining room charger plates! Would you believe I picked these up at the Dollar Tree? They’re simple, but the right amount of elegant for any holiday table. I was super impressed with their online selection too. They have so many different styles available.
The ornaments on the tree were another Dollar Tree find from years ago. And while I haven’t seen them online, I did come across these cheap Christmas balls for under $3 at JOANN. And the ribbon I used were all scraps from rolls I’ve collected at all the after Holiday sales.
It just goes to prove that even cheap holiday decorations can be beautiful when coordinated in a nice color or theme.
CHristmas decorating on a tight budget
One of my favorite ways to save on holiday decorating is to simply make something myself. And for just a few dollars I was able to pick up some gold craft wire and make these elegant wire napkin rings in only a few minutes. They go perfectly with my gold Dollar Tree charger plates don’t ya think?!
And that beautiful flower arrangement of white roses?! Well that was actually free from my office. Every Friday they allow someone to take home the floral arrangements and keep them. My thrifty heart loves that tradition. But you can also make your own inexpensive arrangement using a cheap holiday bouquet form your local grocery store. Add in some fresh pine tree clippings and you have the perfect Christmas centerpiece.
how to decorate for christmas on a budget
One of my favorite ways to decorate for the holidays on a budget, works for any room in your house. And that is to re-use items. In our dining room, I chose to reuse these simple gold candlestick holders to flank our free centerpiece. Candles are one of the most simplest ways to add a statement to your holiday table for cheap.
And in the spirit of repurposing, I invested in this inexpensive set of flameless taper candles last year so that I could use them throughout any season. Great if you have little ones that love to grab at all the lighted and shiny objects.
I also used this gorgeous and inexpensive pair of faux fur table runners to accent the setting. But the great thing about them is that they can easily double as a festive tree skirt for next season. So I plan on keeping them around for quite awhile.
I hope these budget holiday decorating tips help you create a gorgeous inexpensive space this season. I’ve linked all of the sources for this room below so feel free to shop the look. But I’d love to know what your favorite way to design on a dime is. Drop me a comment below!