Every time I host Thanksgiving I use the same table decor, and I always get compliments on it. And you know what they say… if it ain’t broke!
A nice Thanksgiving table setting doesn’t have to cost a fortune. In this post I’m sharing my go-to affordable Thanksgiving table decor pieces under $20 that look way more expensive than they actually are.
Affordable Thanksgiving Table Decor Under $20
A Jute Runner
The key to any good table setting is to layer. It adds dimension and texture. I stary my Thanksgiving table decor every year with a woven jute table runner (or burlap, if that’s what you call it).
My little hack here is that this table runner isn’t even a runner at all – it’s actually just really wide ribbon! During the holiday season you can find this at most craft stores. Save a few dollars with ribbon and cut a makeshift runner into the exact length you need.
Greenery or Flowers
After I have my runner on the table, I’ll anchor my Thanksgiving decor with some greenery or flowers. I personally love to use eucalyptus; it’s fragrant and seasonal.
Don’t make your centerpiece too tall. You want your guests to chat freely over the table without having to crane their necks.
Consider ordering garland from a local flower market. You can even take your eucalyptus and overlap the stems for a faux garland look!
Baby pumpkins make great Thanksgiving table decor. They’re cheap, table-sized, and you can find them at every single grocery store this time of year.
I buy baby pumpkins prior to Thanksgiving to fill decorative bowls around my house, and when the big day rolls around I just yoink some for the table.
When you’re laying out your pumpkins, use the designer’s rule of purchasing in odd numbers.
I always have these silver votive holders on hand. They work great as Thanksgiving table decor but also work for other dinner parties you may have throughout the year.
At $20 for 12, they clock in at about $1.60 per piece. You really can’t get more affordable than that! They look like fairy lights when you sprinkle them across the table. Alternatively, place one at each table setting.
Name cards are an easy and affordable way to elevate your Thanksgiving table. If you don’t have Pinterest-perfect calligraphy skills, don’t worry! Anything hand-written always adds a nice, personalized touch.
Last but not least on my affordable Thanksgiving table decor list: cloth napkins! You’d be amazed at how a simple switch from paper to cloth napkins can really change up the entire setting.
To style the napkins like you see here:
- Lay out the napkin flat on the table
- Pick up the napkin from its center, so that when you pick it up, it drapes
- Tie a jute ribbon around the top, so that the ends/corners are loose
Jute ribbon is the most economical choice, but if tying ribbon isn’t you thing, there are a ton of affordable napkin rings out there. I love these simple gold napkin rings. For a more rustic feel, try these wooden napkin rings.
I’d love to hear how you style your Thanksgiving table! Leave your Thanksgiving table decor ideas in the comments below.