Thanksgiving is all about making memories, and the décor or atmosphere that you create will play a large role in those memories. Do you lovingly remember the smell of warm pumpkin pie wafting through your grandmother’s windows or the smell of cinnamon throughout the house as Thanksgiving dinner was prepared? You can recreate those warm memories on your own, even while on a budget this year!
A centerpiece can make or break the décor in your dining room, so make this your focal point. Determine your color theme, style, and desired fabric in order to find the best deals on the things you really need at your local stores. A few of the fun materials Michaels and Hobby Lobby use to make great centerpieces include candles, mini pumpkins, floral pieces from the outdoors, and berries. You can use a container that you have around the house: get crafty and paint a pallet box to match the warm, autumn colors of your dining room, or use one of their coupons and buy a vase or box at a great price. Then all that’s left is to arrange the items you picked into a design that makes your table warm and inviting. If you want to add scents to your centerpiece, use cinnamon sticks or scented pinecones to bring out multiple aromas in your dining room.
Once you have an idea of the theme and colors you desire, you can find DIY centerpieces instructions on Michaels or Hobby Lobby’s websites, or you can download their free app and have even more fun at your fingertips. If you don’t have these items at your disposal, the apps that each store offers make it easy to find out what is on sale or to use a coupon to get a discount. For example, Hobby Lobby offers a 40% off one regular price item every week on their app, and Michaels accepts competitors’ coupons!
Candles and Candle Holders
There is something to be said about the ambience that candles bring to any holiday get together. To stay within your budget, yet still make a welcoming space for your guests, repurpose your Halloween pumpkins. If you still have some that were not carved into Jack-o-Lanterns, use them as vases for fresh flowers and tea light candles. Simply carve off the top and take out the insides. Now you have an empty space for a beautiful and fragrant arrangement of flowers or your favorite fall scented candles to create the ambience you desire. If you need to purchase candles, don’t forget to check out Bed Bath & Beyond—they always offer coupons and sales. When you sign up for their email notifications, you will receive a 20% off coupon for one item, several times a week!
Bring the Outdoors in for Place Cards
Place cards add such a nice touch to the Thanksgiving table. They give the table an air of sophistication, yet they won’t cost you a dime if you have pinecones nearby. Head outdoors, or send the kids, and grab the best-looking pinecones you can find. Once they are clean, determine if they need the bottoms shaved off a little to make sure they stand steady. Once the pinecones can stand, make a slit (using a saw) down the middle of the pinecone—this is where the place card will be held. You can print out fancy place cards on your own printer in your favorite colors and instantly make your dining room look elegant. If you want to include the kids on the project, let them pick fresh flowers to stick in the pinecones or let them glue on buttons or pennies to add their own touch while keeping them out of your hair while you cook your Thanksgiving feast. For more festive and creative ideas, check out Pinterest.
Welcome Guests with a Welcome Wreath
If you want to set the tone for gratitude right when your guests walk in the door, create a DIY Thanksgiving wreath. Simply purchase a plain evergreen wreath and decorate with items right from your yard. Use pinecones, leaves, sticks, and flowers to spruce it up. If you want to add a bit of a fall scent, throw in a few cinnamon sticks or fragrant flowers. The welcoming scent of the pine combined with any other scents you choose will give your guests something to smile about the moment they arrive at your door.
Thanksgiving décor is all about creating that warm feeling we get when we gather together with our families. A little creativity and time outdoors can help you create the most sophisticated Thanksgiving décor to date, and you will probably spend less than you ever did before. Repurpose candlesticks, pumpkins, vases, and outdoor items, and you can create the ambience you desire and still have plenty of money left in your wallet to make a delicious Thanksgiving meal.