Set the Thanksgiving Table with 20 Budget Buys

If you find yourself playing host this holiday, you've likely slaved over the perfect turkey, casserole, and dessert combination with menu prep that dates weeks ahead of time. So as you set the table for your family and friends to feast, give special attention to the small, thoughtful details that complement your hard work. These lovely table toppers—napkins, place tags, centerpieces, and more—can be purchased and shipped to your door in time for the big day. The best part: These festive adornments can last well past the end of the holiday season, as they are adaptable to almost any occasion.

  1. For Any Way You Slice It

    For Any Way You Slice It

    What a charming way to display your favorite fromages—and an equally thoughtful serving setup for guests who prefer to identify their food before taking a bite. This cheese platter with chalkboard labels lets eaters know exactly what they're in for, while bringing some pizzazz to the table. Available on Amazon; $35.07.

  2. Rustic Runner

    Rustic Runner

    Your table will have a touch of the elegant and ephemeral qualities of fall when graced with a delicate leaf pattern and hand-lettered message. Customizable for the length of your family table, this runner can be made in various sizes. Available on Etsy; from $28. via KitchStudios

  3. Kindled Copper

    Kindled Copper

    For an intricate centerpiece that's industrial chic (while still being dressed in autumn's colors), consider this hand-soldered copper candlestick. Made of copper pipe, fittings, and elbows, this is one candle holder yours guests won't have seen anywhere else. Available on Etsy; $39. via MacAndLexie

  4. Chips Off The Old Block

    Chips Off The Old Block

    If your Thanksgiving dinners typically begin with someone passing the bread basket, you might want to consider an alternative approach to getting your full serving of carbs—when you see this stunning bread board. A variety of shades of stained wood come together in a striking pattern, showing off bread, rolls, crescents, or cornbread to full advantage. Available from The Grommet; $21.25.

  5. Set in Stone

    Set in Stone

    Deep ambers, toasty browns, and burnt oranges aren't the only colors that evoke the comforts of fall. Jewel tones, like the green in these agate coasters, bring richness and warmth to an autumnal tablescape. Available on Etsy; from $8.80. via TheCrushedCrystal

  6. A Spoonful of Thanks

    A Spoonful of Thanks

    Unused spoons get a second life on the dinner table—as decorative napkin rings. When bent and shaped into a ring, then printed with metal letter stamps, this former silverware sends a seasonal message. Available on Etsy; $16 for a set of six. via aandkaccents

  7. Linen is In

    Linen is In

    Simple colorful embellishments add personality to ordinary napkins. Squares of linen fabric show off a quirky arrow design in a fall-friendly color that's as pretty on the plate as it is functional. Available on Etsy; $20 for a set of four. via KitchStudios

  8. Perfect Placeholders

    Perfect Placeholders

    Make sure everyone can spot their seat with a custom calligraphy placeholder. The Etsy seller behind this adorable design handwrites each and every order in a beautiful script, so each table setting can be graced with a personal touch. Set the scene by placing the name cards atop miniature pumpkins, fresh apples, or around napkins. Available on Etsy; from $1. via Company52

  9. What's in a Name

    What's in a Name

    Another spin on the personalized place card, this laser-cut design is custom made from birch plywood. Whether you invite your guests to take their name cards home, or you choose to place them safely inside the china cabinet for next year's meal, this is sure to be an embellishment they'll treasure for years to come. Available on Etsy; from $5.84 for a set of five. via LUDOVIKOBOXES

  10. Country Color

    Country Color

    The beauty of dried flowers and the country charm of mason jar vases come together in this ready-made centerpiece. And don't fret about ordering delicate dried flowers and breakable glass to be sent by mail: The seller of this seasonal treasure works hard to ensure that every centerpiece is lovingly wrapped and adequately packed to ensure ultimate safety. Available on Etsy; $54. via lesfleursinteriors

  11. A Place for Your Plate

    A Place for Your Plate

    You might not be the kind of family who sets a placemat down at every weeknight dinner, but a special meal warrants a little something extra, like the warm and welcoming message in the corner of this colorful table linen. Available on Etsy; $35 for a set of four. via customcraftline

  12. Wrap Your Napkin

    Wrap Your Napkin

    Thoughtful embellishments like the engraved card on this simple napkin ring go a long way to setting the mood for your holiday feast. Available on Etsy; from $12 for a set of twelve. via MidnightConfetti

  13. Paper Your Table

    Paper Your Table

    Thanksgiving comes but once a year; if you've learned from experience that your seasonal table runner only sees the light of day on the holiday, why would you want to spring for a new cloth runner? Embrace the ephemeral nature of the season with a customized kraft paper table runner, inked in your choice of black, white, silver, or gold. Available on Etsy; from $25. via GloryCo

  14. Centerpiece Sign

    Centerpiece Sign

    Whether you've placed a simple vase of fresh-cut flowers on the table, or you've assembled an epic gourd-filled cornucopia to rival them all, a single laser-cut message like this can add a graceful touch to your arrangement. Available on Etsy; $14. via CadesandBirch

  15. Family Tree

    Family Tree

    Add a rustic touch to your harvest themed table with this simple yet stunning take on a napkin ring. A disc of cross-cut wood is marked with your choice of message—thankful, grateful, gather, blessed—and drilled with a hole through which ribbon or twine can be threaded and twisted around a dinner napkin. When Thanksgiving is over, reuse these adornments as Christmas tree ornaments. Available on Etsy; from $4. via LumberOfLoveDesign

  16. Distance Runner

    Distance Runner

    Another stylish yet durable option for a table runner, is this cotton canvas version. Place it over the top of a colorful tablecloth, or let it speak for itself by laying it over a bare wood table. Available on Etsy; from $58. via KitchStudios

  17. Room for Pie

    Room for Pie

    Say it with pie—and with a special pie board, emblazoned with the chef's name. Part cutting board, part serving tray, once this serving essential hits the table, everyone will know dessert is served. Available from The Grommet; $159.

  18. Faux Flames

    Faux Flames

    Add whimsy and a rustic touch to any centerpiece with the addition of a woodsy candle holder set. Designed to hold a battery-operated tea light, each real-wood pillar will help set a festive mood. Available on Etsy; $14.95 for a set of three. via braggingbags

  19. Acorn Candles

    Acorn Candles

    These tiny autumnal candles can look good as unlit adornments within a centerpiece, or when suspended in water and lit as floating candles. Each miniature candle is filled with eco-friendly soy wax, and has about 20 minutes of burn time. Available on Etsy; from $1. via LessCandles

  20. New Traditions

    New Traditions

    Sometimes memories and family traditions center around the plates and platters you use to serve up special meals. Who knows, maybe this set of Thanksgiving plates could be the one you use to call everyone together around the cranberry sauce. Available on Etsy; from $19. via AllYouLoveStudio

  21. Beautiful Decor on a Budget

    Beautiful Decor on a Budget

    A beautifully decorated holiday table can be yours without having to break the bank.

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