5 Tips for an Inexpensive Thanksgiving Table Decor & Printable Cooking Schedule

Tips for cozy Thanksgiving table decor on a budget + free printable cooking schedule & why ButcherBox is our favorite delivery service.

While Instagramland has moved on to Christmas, I’m still over here busting out the plaid and fall leaves one more time.

Thanksgiving dining room

Thanksgiving looks very different for so many this year, and with budgets being extra tight especially lately, I thought it would be fun to pull together everyday items I already had around the house to create a cozy Thanksgiving tablescape that would be easy to replicate…

…and a printable cooking schedule and a way to get a free turkey at the end of this post.

When I was growing up, my mom always gathered items from around the house and foraged the yard to make our table as welcoming for family as possible on Thanksgiving. 

The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree when it comes to all of the budget-friendly solutions she instilled in me over the years.

5 Tips for Inexpensive Thanksgiving Table Decor

inexpensive Thanksgiving table decor ideas

1. Use heirloom serving ware or vintage dishes from the thrift store

The other day my mom called me to tell me she pulled my late grandmother’s wedding china out of storage to give to me. It was my one “official” inheritance from her.

I immediately knew it needed the spotlight on our Thanksgiving table as it had been for so many years growing up to visit her before she passed.

If you don’t have special serving ware from your own family though, I find lots of pretty vintage patterns at the thrift store practically every time I stop in.

inexpensive Thanksgiving table decor ideas

2. Repurpose a throw blanket as a table cloth or use a scarf as a table runner

I’ve had this plaid throw blanket for years and just spread it out on the table for a cozy backdrop.

cut yard clippings for simple Thanksgiving table decor

3. Snip a few stems from trees or bushes in your yard.

We have a bush in our backyard with these pretty purple/green leaves that I cut a few branches from. Spreading them out around the table sprinkled with a few feathers adds a little “life” for totally free.

Simple place setting for Thanksgiving table decor

4. Add a couple of candle sticks for ambience.

These brass candle holders were antique shop finds several years ago. Any kind will do to add a little glow, and most of the time you can find them for just a dollar at the dollar store. (You can even spray paint them like I’ve done in the past.)

Thanksgiving table place setting

 5. Stick to the classics.

We received these white dishes as a gift for our wedding nearly 10 years ago. You can never go wrong with timeless pieces like white dishes, linen fabric napkins, and brass accents.

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Tips for cozy Thanksgiving table decor on a budget + free printable cooking schedule & why ButcherBox is our favorite delivery service.

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Use a throw blanket as Thanksgiving table decor

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Thanksgiving table

If you plan on cooking the big meal this year, you can snag my free printable Thanksgiving Cooking Schedule here to make the job a bit easier too.

It’s straight from the pages of my Stress-Free Holiday Planner that makes this time of year so much easier to navigate all of the events around Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Thanksgiving cooking schedule free printable

Have you ever used ButcherBox? Or have any budget-friendly table decorating tricks you’ve done before? Or treasured family heirloom dishes that make you well up every single time?

I’m a total sap over here.

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  1. I am very interested in how you keep your dining room slipcovers so crisp. I have 8 IKEA dining chairs that look very much like yours. I have grandchildren so wash them several times a year. I would love to have them look like yours. I always put them on wet because it’s easier to do it that way. Is that my problem? Thanks for you beautiful, practical posts. I’ve been following you for years and have co-opted tons of your ideas.

    1. Haha! I will try to share my very limited cooking skills more often. 😉 I’m good at following other people’s recipes and that’s about it.

  2. I have never heard of ButcherBox, but that turkey is gorgeous! Your table looks cozy and I love the plaid throw. Thank you for keeping in the season at hand.