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Set the Thanksgiving Table with 20 Budget Buys

Create a beautiful and intimate Thanksgiving gathering with these table decor ideas.

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Thanksgiving Tablescapes

While food will always be the main focus on Thanksgiving, give some attention to the tablescape, as well. Small, thoughtful details are what can make the holidays feel extra special. 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.

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; $29.99..

Rustic Runner via KitchStudios

Your table will have a touch of the elegant and ephemeral qualities of fall when graced with this delicate hand-lettered message. Customizable for the length of your family table, this runner can be made in various sizes. Available on Etsy; from $24.95.

Kindled Copper via MacAndLexie

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.

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.

A Spoonful of Thanks via aandkaccents

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; $21.50 for a set of six.

Gobble Gobble via KitchStudios

Simple colorful embellishments add personality to ordinary napkins. Squares of linen fabric show off a lighthearted message fit for Thanksgiving Day and other autumn dinners. Available on Etsy; $20 for a set of four.

Perfect Placeholders via Company52

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 90 cents.

What's in a Name via LUDOVIKOBOXES

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; prices start at $1.05.

Country Color via CountryHomeandHeart

The beauty of flowers and the country charm of mason jar vases come together in this ready-made centerpiece. And don’t fret about ordering 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; prices starting at $37.

A Place for Your Plate via HunnyBooCreations

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 messages in the corner of this burlap mat. Available on Etsy; prices starting at $19.

Wrap Your Napkin via MidnightConfetti

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.

Paper Your Table via GloryCo

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.

Centerpiece Sign via CadesandBirch

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.

Family Tree via LumberOfLoveDesign

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.

Distance Runner via KitchStudios

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.

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.

In the Element via SeanRaineDesigns

Add whimsy and a rustic touch to any centerpiece with the addition of a woodsy candle holder set. Designed to hold a votive tea lights, each real-wood pillar will help set a festive mood. Available on Etsy; starting at $20.65

Acorn Candles via LessCandles

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 $2.35.

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 from Cost Plus World Market; $27.96 for a set of four.

Set in Stone via TheHollowGeode

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 $9.49.

Beautiful Decor on a Budget

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