A beautifully decorated Thanksgiving table brings a sense of delight to your holiday guests. The decorations can be simple, elegant and yes, cheap! It is in the details that bring your table life. The flavor of your food and decorations will delight you family and friends. They will not even know all was accomplished on a budget.
Start by deciding the style. Are you going casual, elegant, fun or quirky? It is up to you. The greatest piece of advice there is- you don't have to follow any rules. Celebrate in your own style. Now that you've decided how you want everything to look, take stock of what you have. Table settings, tablecloth, silverware, glassware, serving dishes, etc.. It all sounds overwhelming, but it is not. You can mix and match plates, just keep to the same color pallet. The same works for silverware. It does not have to all have the same pattern. If you don't have enough, go shopping. Visit discount and closeout stores. Don't forget donation facilities like Salvation Army and Goodwill. A careful shopper can and will find high end product at inexpensive prices.
Do a practice run. Set out the table setting. Make sure your table decor is balanced. Balance in this case means that you don't have all of one color or pattern at one side of the table. Take a look at what you have created and make changes to what you don't like. Take a picture. The picture will help you on that busy day. You can then recreate your table setting according to the picture.
Does your table still need more? Now is the time to go to the discount centers. Find fall decorations that you can paint or bedazzle to add those finishing touches. Don't forget flowers and scentless candles, they will provide a great deal of bang for your buck. Have fun with your table decor. Let it reflect your style and the love you have for your family and friends.