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For many people, Thanksgiving is a day when you have large amounts of people in your home, so it’s natural to want it to look great. Fall decorations are some of the most beautiful of all, but they can also be very expensive if you aren’t careful. Here are a few examples of more inexpensive but still pretty Thanksgiving decorations.
Nothing welcomes your guests like a nice hanging wreath at your door. You could also go with bells or ribbons, Indian corn, or even a classic welcome sign.
No Thanksgiving table is complete without a nice centerpiece. You can go all out with expensive flowers and vases, or you can beautify your table with a little less out of pocket. Things that make great centerpieces are pine cones, gourds, cranberries (like in the photo above), pumpkins, fall leaves, and even fruits like apples and oranges in a pretty bowl or vase. Candles also make easy and beautiful centerpieces – especially floating candles if you find a good sale.
Magazines always show these extravagant place settings with linen napkins, fine china, and little cards showing the names of the guests. If you want to go with linen napkins but can’t afford them, you can cut a piece of material into squares and use iron-on hem tape on the edges. You can’t fake fine china, but, simple dinnerware works just as well. For the place cards, you can design your own and print them out, or, if you have nice handwriting, use white index cards and write the person’s name on them. Stick them in between the “feathers” of a pine cone for a fun effect.
A Table Runner
Table runners can be pricey as well, but you can simply buy material and either sew or use hem tape to make a unique and pretty runner to match the décor of your home. You can also embellish it a little with some iron on felt leaves, turkeys, or feathers to suit your taste. Table runners do double duty by protecting your table from hot food.
You can opt for linene placemats and use the same fabric as the table runner and napkins, or you can even print some nice placemats. Choose a picture of your family together or a beautiful landscape and print it out on some card stock. This is also a great activity for kids – they can draw some for the kids table or even for everyone at dinner.
Don’t forget that Thanksgiving is about giving thanks for what you have, and the most important things you have are family and friends. All of the rest looks pretty, but in the scheme of things, what your napkins are made of really doesn’t matter.
How do you decorate for Thanksgiving?