I adore scrolling through masses of gorgeous Thanksgiving tablescapes on Pinterest, each one more perfect than the next. They conjure up what I imagine to be the perfect holiday table with twinkling candles, the soft perfume from the abundance of flowers, and the wine glasses lined up like soldiers at attention.
And then I try to recreate these works of art on my own table.
HOLY GUACAMOLE! Have you actually priced out how expensive centerpieces can be? It is absolutely shocking!
For the past few years I have been working on various ways to decorate a Thanksgiving table at various price points ranging from $50-$200. Honestly, it wasn’t easy. Fifty bucks doesn’t go as far as it once did! You might even think two hundred dollars seems pricey, but I assure you it is astounding how quickly things add up!
Above is one of the photographs of the fifty dollar table. If you click HERE you can see more images. I found buying a few inexpensive items and then repeating them down the middle of the table to be the best way to stretch your dollar.
My dear readers also seemed to respond to the gratitude napkin rings I made with tags and twine.
The second table is built up on elements of the first one. I kept the same brown paper runner, candles, and white pumpkins, and added bright pops of color with inexpensive flowers.
The pictures didn’t do the table setting justice. It was actually quite lovely with all of the flowers scattered along the center of the table. The total for this tablescape came to just under $100.
For this tablescape I wanted to experiment with different metallic colors like gold and copper paired with pink and aubergine.
I spray painted the gourds and chargers various shades of gold and then intertwined them with flowers. This Thanksgiving table was by far the most glamorous and it came out to just over $175. Click HERE for more pictures.
The final table was an experiment to see if I could create a spectacular Thanksgiving tablescape using only items I purchased at the grocery store.
I decided to buy autumn gourds in various shapes, textures, colors and sizes and then lay them down the center of the table. I found they looked a bit naked so I added mums and dried leaves found in the flower department of my local grocery store.
Bonus Kids Table!
I figured I would end with a kids table I created when I hosted Thanksgiving at my house a few years ago. Though I usually believe in the “more is more” philosophy of decorating, I thought it would be fun to experiment with simplicity, hence the stark nature of the kids table in contrast with the adult table decoration.
Each box had a collection of Thanksgiving themed activities which you can see HERE.
Unlike the enchanting pictures on Pinterest, these Thanksgiving tables are not nearly as photogenic. But I assure you they were all quite lovely in person. That’s the thing about Pinterest- it has wonderful scope for the imagination, but sometimes a gal needs to see real life images created by regular people!
That is why I like these Thanksgiving tables; they are all completely doable and affordable by real people!