The Step-by-Step Guide to Hosting a High Style, Low Budget Thanksgiving! Decor and Timeline

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Last week, I shared with you my plan to help you host a high style, low budget Thanksgiving and on Monday, I gave you ALL my recipes (plus free printables!), tips, and a master grocery list. And today, I'll be wrapping things up by giving y'all some simple decor tips + a comprehensive timeline to help you figure out exactly what to do and when! Over the last two decades of hosting this holiday, I have learned exactly how to have a fantastic and stylish celebration on an incredibly low budget- and a huge part of that is setting a simple table with a big impact. So here are my decor tips and tricks (along with a free timeline printable) to help you with your Thanksgiving Day.

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Last week, I shared with you my plan to help you host a high style, low budget Thanksgiving and on Monday, I gave you ALL my recipes (plus free printables!), tips, and a master grocery list. And today, I'll be wrapping things up by giving y'all some simple decor tips + a comprehensive timeline to help you figure out exactly what to do and when! Over the last two decades of hosting this holiday, I have learned exactly how to have a fantastic and stylish celebration on an incredibly low budget- and a huge part of that is setting a simple table with a big impact. So here are my decor tips and tricks (along with a free timeline printable) to help you with your Thanksgiving Day.

The Step-by-Step Guide to Hosting a High Style, Low Budget Thanksgiving! Decor and Timeline

The High Style, Low Budget Thanksgiving Decor!

I have three variations of a simple Thanksgiving table setting to inspire you. They all use the same basic supplies and can be pulled together in minutes. here's the basic version:

The Step-by-Step Guide to Hosting a High Style, Low Budget Thanksgiving! Basic Table Setting
// Get The Look: Dinner Plates, Goblets, Gold Flatware, Cloth Napkins, Kraft Tags //

  • Notice the non-traditional Thanksgiving color scheme! There's no rule that says you have to only decor with browns and oranges. I think jewel tones are perfect for a Thanksgiving meal!
  • I made the kraft tag from some kraft copy paper, a circle punch, and a Sharpie but it may be easier for you to just buy some already made.
  • Don't bother with fancy napkin folds. I just folded this one in halves a few times and called it good. I also didn't bother to iron it – I think it makes the look more homey and casual.

And now, the better version:

The Step-by-Step Guide to Hosting a High Style, Low Budget Thanksgiving! Better Table Setting
// Get The Look: Dinner Plates, Goblets, Gold Flatware, Cloth Napkins //

  • The only two differences between this version and the basic one are that I moved the pomegranate to above the plate and tied the napkin loosely with a ribbon. Boom. Done.

And now, the best version:

The Step-by-Step Guide to Hosting a High Style, Low Budget Thanksgiving! Best Table Setting
// Get The Look: Dinner Plates, Dessert PlatesGoblets, Gold Flatware, Cloth Napkins //

  • This version adds in the dessert pieces right from the get-go. Simply layer the dessert plate over the napkin and then lay the dessert flatware horizontally at the top of the place setting.

I just leave the center of the table empty (so that people have room to arrange their food/place settings as they wish; however, if you'd like to do some kind of a centerpiece then I recommend a simple jute runner and a long line of white pillar candles. Really lovely and really striking.

Another really sweet detail on Thanksgiving day is a cute send-off for your guests – a Leftovers Station! You do not need to devote a lot of time and space this, all you need are some containers from Le Box Boutique and these adorable DIY labels from Something Turquoise!

Okay! Are you ready to tackle hosting Thanksgiving? As a reminder, here's my rundown of everything you need to prepare for Thanksgiving and here's every single one of the recipes and a grocery list. And last, but not least, here's a printable Thanksgiving timeline to help you plan exactly when and what you need to be doing every day, hour, minute leading up to the big meal!

Please let me know if you have any questions! And I'd love to know how your Thanksgiving celebrations work out for you!