Create a thrifty and thankful table for your fall and Thanksgiving entertaining with these ideas and tips for setting a table beautifully and inexpensively.
I created the thrifty and thankful table in shades of sage green, cream, burgundy and pink. I shopped for table decorations and place settings for eight not including silverware from discount stores and thrift stores and I want to share some of my thrifty tips!
Creating Thrifty and Thankful Place Settings
- Often when thrift shopping only a small quantity of matching plates are left from a set. Set your table in a this-that-this-that pattern!
- For this table I found these sweet patterned small plates. They were a variety of bread, dessert, and salad plates. I had to use a saucer-bread plate-dessert plate pattern around the table.
- Wine glasses are the same – trying to find a matching set is like a needle in a haystack!
- Having different goblets in colored glass are like the jewels on the table. It will help you set a unique and eclectic table.
- This also serves a purpose – the different colors identify which glass is theirs.
- Cloth napkins are just so fancy! It will take your table to a whole ‘nother level.
- I find cloth napkins at Goodwill for forty-nine cents each regularly and they can be even cheaper on colored tag sale days!
- Check for stains, tears and spots or holes in the fabric.
In the Thrift Store Shopping Guide you’ll find
Vintage flash cards are hard to find and especially hard to find when you need a particular word, theme, or a good price! These vintage inspired flash cards take care of that problem by offering an affordable and easy alternative! decorating a mantel, setting a table, taking a tiered tray up to the next level, filling a vignette, or creating a flatlay for the ‘gram.
Thrifty and Thankful Centerpiece Ideas
- Florals can be your biggest expense. I shop from thrift stores, other sections than the floral section, clearance bins all year and the Dollar Tree.
- The garland on this table was from the wedding section of Hobby Lobby. It was less expensive then the floral section equivalent and 50% off!
- The velvet pumpkins are a Dollar Tree must have every year! I paint the stems gold if they are not already gold and purchase in bulk. No shame in that game!
- Check out this thrifty and thankful centerpiece I created using the floral tips above for more ideas!
- Brass is trending right now and one chunky brass candlestick was picked up for this table. You can determine if it is real brass (and therefore can be shined) by a magnet. If a magnet sticks, it’s brass!
- Speaking of candlelight Dollar Tree carries battery operated tea lights and pillars.
- I placed the tea lights in shot glasses found at the thrift store and poured in dried green lentils around the candle. You could also use split peas!
- Look for dried lentils, peas or beans in your color scheme as fillers. They are inexpensive and God gave them such beautiful colors for us to enjoy!
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One Last Thrifty Tip You’ll Be Thankful For!
See the beautiful pink plaid tablecloth? Not a tablecloth at all! Shop in thrift stores and the remnant bin at your fabric store for fabric to dress up your tables.
These are some things to remember when shopping for fabric for your table.
- Most fabric has a width of 54 inches.
- One yard of fabric is equal to 36 inches.
- Rectangle and oval tables come in two standard widths. The most common is 36″ and the other is 40″ wide. You will need to know this measurement and measure the length of your table.
- For a round table you will need to know the diameter. Measure the center of the table from one side to the other.
- Square tables range from 30″ to 72″. You can determine the size of your table by measuring one side.
- For example if your table is a rectangle shape and measures 72″ x 36″ then you will need at least two and half yards of fabric to allow for some tablecloth drop on either end. You will have 9 inches of drop on the long sides if you do not hem.
Before You Fly Away To Set A Thrifty and Thankful Table
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