10 Ways to Dress Up Your Thanksgiving Table for Under $20

(Image credit: Skies of Parchment)

Even if you’re keeping your table simple and modern this year, you’ll want to make a few upgrades so it doesn’t feel like just another dinner party. But if you’re already spending a significant amount of money on food, the last thing you want to do is break the bank with table decorations.

However, a little creativity goes a long way with these inexpensive details that can make your table feel festive. Here are 10 of our favorites.

  • Chalkboard Chargers – Mendez Manor: If you are using chargers on your table (and they aren’t part of your china service), consider giving them a coat or two of chalkboard paint, and then writing the menu or place card on each charger.
  • Thankful Placemats – Skies of Parchment: A roll of parchment paper and some time hand-lettering and you can create an interactive placemat for your Thanksgiving table. Have guests record what they are thankful for and share between courses.
  • Paper Punch Table Runner – Say Yes: This is the perfect project for a crafty kid to help with. Grab some colorful construction paper or card stock and a paper punch or template, and then arrange the punched paper circles in an ombre scheme down the middle of the dining table.
  • Thanks Centerpiece – I Spy DIY: Don’t be intimidated by this project — it’s a lot easier than it looks. And if you decide to invest in fake florals, you’ll be able to use this centerpiece year after year.
  • Copper Napkin Rings – Design Sponge: The copper trend is still going strong, but it can be expensive to add to your table. Follow this tip to cut bands of copper pipe (you’ll need to sand the edges, too) to make your own napkin rings.
(Image credit: Nadia Meli via Style Me Pretty)
  • Herb Place Settings – Style Me Pretty: Using herbs, like rosemary or sage, as table decor is a perennial favorite. And this simple place setting is no different. It’s an easy way to make sure none of those extra herbs go to waste.
  • Coloring Tablecloth – Caravan Shoppe: These downloadable coloring sheets can be made in placemat size or blown up to cover your whole dining table. It’s the perfect pre-meal activity, and you can continue coloring between dinner and dessert.
  • Gold Dot Napkins – Radical Possibility: These lovely black and gold polka-dot napkins are the easiest things to make. And if gold is a little too glam for your taste, you can always choose another color scheme that fits with your table decor.
  • Printable Flatware Holders & Conversation Cards – Yellow Bliss Road: Not only are these simple paper sleeves inexpensive to print, but the cards that come with them are sure to get your conversation flowing.
  • Gourd Tea Light Holders – Revel: If you’ve had your decorative gourds on display for a couple of months, change them up by turning them into tea-light holders, and then use them as a runner down the center of the table.