How to Save Money on Your Thanksgiving Décor – Inexpensive Thanksgiving Table Ideas

Planning and Hosting Thanksgiving Dinner can be expensive enough on its own. Add in cutlery, dinnerware and all the table decorations, and you can easily spend a small fortune trying to create the perfect Pinterest Worthy Place Setting for your guests to enjoy.

Styling your table and dining room for Thanksgiving doesn’t have to be expensive to be beautiful. Read on to find out my best tips to create a beautiful Thanksgiving tablescape on a budget and see how I styled our own Dining Room for the season.

How to Save Money on Thanksgiving Décor

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Buy Big Ticket Items right after or right before the holiday

It’s no secret that the best deals on seasonal décor can be found after the holidays.

While this tip may not be the most helpful if you’re just now starting to shop for décor, it certainly is the most budget-friendly if you’re willing to stock up on items to be used in the next upcoming year.

These post, and even some very late pre-Thanksgiving Day sales are one of the best ways to style your home for the seasons and score a great deal on décor.

How to Save Money on Thanksgiving Décor

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I stumbled upon this gorgeous Newton Plaid Table runner and matching napkins at Pottery Barn for an amazing deal right before Thanksgiving last year.

Sadly they arrived just after the holiday, but I knew I could put them to use this year.

How to Save Money on Thanksgiving Décor

It’s pretty rare for Holiday décor to really ever go “out of style” once it hits the clearance section.

In fact, my exact set is back in stock again this season. So make a plan to stock up during the post-holiday sales to save money on your Thanksgiving table décor.

Many of the items I used in our Thanksgiving table last year are being re-purposed again this season. Like these aged brass napkin rings.

How to Save Money on Thanksgiving Décor

For an inexpensive DIY alternative, check out how I made my own gold wire napkin rings for a beautiful table look.

Shop Your Home

We’re hosting our second annual Thanksgiving Dinner this year for my side of the family.

I really enjoy planning this special day and love nothing more than making our guests feel welcome in our home. Yes, that means pretty place settings and all the decorations.

But I learned quickly last year, just how expensive that can get so I was determined to save a little money on décor this year for our eight-person table.

How to Save Money on Thanksgiving Décor

The first thing I did was gather all of our dining room accessories into a giant pile.

I didn’t give any thought to the style, color or even season, if it was meant to go on a dining table, I grabbed it.

Including these summer hyacinth placemats.

How to Save Money on Thanksgiving Décor

Next, I walked through every room in my home and kept my eyes open for different pieces that I could reuse.

This is my absolute favorite way to save money on decorating or restyling a space in my home. It’s called shopping your home, and it’s not a new concept.

It involves taking inventory of different items around your house while looking for new and unique ways to purpose them in a different setting.

I share more about this tip in my post here.

How to Save Money on Thanksgiving Décor

In the end, I moved a lot of the pumpkin decorations that were scattered throughout the house into the dining room.

I especially loved this oversized carved wood pumpkin with a metallic handle.

How to Save Money on Thanksgiving Décor

It fits right in with the harvest plaid theme of the table linens and complemented these cute pewter salt and pepper shakers I picked up last year from Homegoods.

How to Save Money on Thanksgiving Décor

Add in Some Nature

Nature gives us all the free Thanksgiving décor we could ever ask for.

Before I even think about purchasing flowers or other table décor for Thanksgiving I just head outside into my own backyard.

Anything goes, from the pinecones falling off our trees to some freshly turned leaves clipped off of a bush.

How to Save Money on Thanksgiving Décor

I gathered up handfuls of miniature pinecones to use as a vase filler for our Thanksgiving table and I think it added the perfect rustic touch with the wood tones and plaid patterns.

How to Save Money on Thanksgiving Décor

What really caught my eye though, was the most beautiful shade of red leaves coming off the stems of a bush I almost overlooked. I’ll choose real foliage over faux any day, so these leaves were great free décor to fill my vase.

And while I didn’t find these feathers in my backyard, the nod to nature was a fun and unexpected little element to add into the décor this year. I love picking up unique floral stems from Hobby Lobby during their 50% off sales and found them earlier in the fall.

Look outside the Fall Season to save money on your thanksgiving Your Decor

Probably the most unexpected décor this year was the addition of what I think will continue to be a Thanksgiving tree tradition.

How to Save Money on Thanksgiving Décor

If you’re on my e-mail list, then you already got a sneak peek at this little number, and know exactly why I had to get a jump start on the early Holiday decorating.

How to Save Money on Thanksgiving Décor

I’ve always wanted a small Christmas tree in our dining room, so when I found an amazing deal at Michaels last week, I couldn’t help but snag this one and incorporate it into our Thanksgiving dining room décor. It’s a little different, I know. But it’s really growing on me.

How to Save Money on Thanksgiving Décor

Since I opted for real stems for our Thanksgiving vase, I decided to use up all of my faux fall leaves and stems by placing them throughout the little tree for a fun fall look. Adding in gold and champagne ornaments played off the golden colors of fall and went nicely with a bed of pumpkin beneath the tree.

How to Save Money on Thanksgiving Décor
How to Save Money on Thanksgiving Décor

Think Neutral

It’s tempting to want to buy all of the matching seasonal dishes and stemware for the holiday.

But if you want to save money on your Thanksgiving décor, then consider purchasing neutral standard sets of these items to be mixed in and used for any season.

My favorite table décor stable is simple white bone china or porcelain plates that can easily be dressed up with different linens or placemats to add style and color.

How to Save Money on Thanksgiving Décor

You might also notice that I didn’t set out silverware or glasses for our Thanksgiving tablescape. And that’s simply because I didn’t have enough matching pieces.

That’s the funny thing about glassware, it tends to break. So invest in extra pieces to have on hand throughout the year. Something I’ll definitely be doing after the holidays.

How to Save Money on Thanksgiving Décor

Altogether, the only new items purchased for my Thanksgiving table this year was a set of new white plates. And that’s only because some of ours were recently broken.

I’m trying to make a conscious habit of keeping my eyes peeled during sales for décor that can be used for the next holiday.

How to Save Money on Thanksgiving Décor

I hope this gave you some great tips and inspiration to save money on your Thanksgiving décor and style your own dining room for the season.

And I’m curious, what did you think of the Thanksgiving tree? Love it? Or hate it? Drop me a comment below to let me know!

How to Save Money on Thanksgiving Décor
How to Save Money on Thanksgiving Décor

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