5 Tips For Thanksgiving Decorating On A Budget

November 23, 2021 Saving

As if you didn’t have enough to think about, what with the cooking, the cleaning, guests calling to confirm they’re coming – it’s busy. Today we’re talking about Thanksgiving and not the food portion – the decor. Because what’s a festive holiday with no decorations (yikes)? Here are 5 unique and simple ideas to decorate your house for Thanksgiving on a budget.

Shop dollar store deals

We love to save and one of the best-kept secrets for savings is dollar store shopping. Family Dollar, Dollar Tree, pretty much any “dollar” store you have near will offer decorations. We know that some of them may seem a bit bare but make it fun like a treasure hunt. A few great items you can find at dollar stores are:

  • Candles
  • Jars
  • Wreaths
  • Plastic pumpkins
autumnal wreath

Shop sales

It goes without saying but shop your sales. This is best if you’re an early shopper and like to keep an eye out for great deals. Almost every grocery store and retail chain offer weekly news ads where they give a rundown of their sales and deals. Snag a few next time you’re getting your newspaper and skim to see where you can potentially get half-priced pumpkins, decorative twine, and burlap. With items like this, you can easily throw together a festive wreath or accents to your entry table.

Stay simple

Utilize what you already have and keep it simple. For example, that fireplace – light it up! Nothing beats the muse of a crackling fire on a cool afternoon. Take out your old throw blankets and pillows with fall accent colors and strew them about in the family room.

Next light those candles to create a picturesque aroma that brings the cozy feel home. Once you’re done there, turn on some jazz or light music to bring it all together. Sometimes no decorations are all the decorations you need.

Or maybe you have Thanksgiving decorations from last year – nothing says sticking to a budget like not spending at all!

thanksgiving table diy decor

DIY your decor

Have any kids in the family? Then this next idea is sure to be a treat. Take them down to the local craft store and make a fun day out of creating their own colorful pumpkins, hand-drawn turkeys, and homemade table settings. Most of the crafts you’ll find at your local craft store are inexpensive and can be used in multiple ways throughout the season.

Another great DIY plan is to get outside. Find those fall leaves, acorns, and pinecones to bring the fall feel into the home by creating unique centerpieces, filing votive jars, and wrapping them with burlap or twine for extra creativity. Hop on Pinterest for the ultimate go-to on DIYing your Thanksgiving decor. With ideas for everyone no matter your skill level.

thanksgiving table decor

Repurpose from Halloween

Not into scary Halloween decor? That may work in your favor. Instead of decorating for both Halloween and Thanksgiving, roll them both in one. Trade out the witches and spooky spider webs for fall decor, candles, and accent pillows. Other decors could be:

  • Lanterns
  • Hay bales
  • Pumpkins
  • Twine
  • Burlap
  • Fake flowers
  • Plastic fruit

That way you can throw all of your decor budgets from both holidays all in one pot and see the money go further.


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