Holiday Table Décor on a Budget
The holidays are a perfect time to bring inexpensive, organic touches into your dining table. Using natural resources will make your home feel warm and welcoming while being kind to your decorating budget. Use these ideas to bring some holiday warmth and cheer to your dining table.
Garland ideas: Use grapevine or tree branches to make garland. Spray paint the branches with silver or gold paint and lay them on the middle of your table with some candles. You can also pick up inexpensive decorative pumpkins and leaf garlands at your local discount store. Spray paint them gold or silver as well to add more texture to your centerpiece.
Use fruits & vegetables: Colored corn in the husk, apples, pears, and acorns, paired with candles make a beautiful centerpiece for your Thanksgiving table. Cranberries, pomegranates and cinnamon sticks used with candles make the perfect setting for the Christmas season.
Fresh flowers: Flowers are a beautiful addition to any table. Pick them from your garden or pick up a fresh bouquet at your grocery store or farmer’s market. Rich reds, oranges, and yellows are perfect for a stunning Thanksgiving arrangement. Instead of putting them in a vase, hollow out a pumpkin, place some oasis (pre-soaked in water) inside, then arrange your flowers inside for a show stopping centerpiece.
Use leaves and pine cones: Mixed with berries and colorful ribbon, leaves and cones make beautiful decor. Use strong leaves, like Magnolia and Oak, for drink coasters. Spray paint them with holiday colors to make them more festive. Let your kids decorate them with glitter and beads then display them on your table or sideboard.
Lighting: Candles and luminaries make a beautiful addition to your home during the holidays. Use them on your table and around your dining room to bring some soft, natural light into the room. Luminaries are also a great addition to your front door or porch to welcome your guests.
Tree branches: Place branches and limbs from mature trees in your yard on your sideboard to bring in festive warm color and a natural element. Burrow in miniature pumpkins, squash, leaves, pine cones, apples or pears, and hay to bring the decor alive. Natural outdoor touches bring in beautiful holiday themes without being overwhelming.
Place cards: To customize place settings for your guests, use a natural element for each place: Hand write place cards and attach them to pumpkins, pine cones or fruit or tuck them into evergreen branches tied with twine at each place setting.
Finding decorating elements in your own yard for the holidays will not only save money, it will make your home warm and welcoming for all your guests.