Thanksgiving SZN is here: the weather outside is chillier, pumpkin spice is being shamelessly promoted, and you’re getting ready to have guests over for a big Thanksgiving feast. Yep, the pressure is on. We all want to impress our guests with a nice looking dinner table, without breaking the bank. But is that even possible? You bet! We have 3 ways to style your thanksgiving dinner, affordably! With most things from Dollarama and DIY-ed, your dinner guests will be blown away while your bank account isn’t. Plus, the decor is versatile enough to keep all autumn long, so get ready for compliments that will last months.
STYLE#1: RUSTIC & SIMPLISTIC
The first dinner style is inspired through our love of the outdoors and nature, and has a rustic-chic look.
We headed to our local park and grabbed tree branches, and some pine needle leaves (we found them on the ground, don’t worry no trees were harmed in the making!). We got fake acorns, tea lights, and maison jars at our local Dollarama, all totalling under $5!! (Dollarama, you da real MVP). You can also add a couple flowers from your garden to the centre piece to take it up a notch in elegance.
These name cards were super easy to make. Names were written on simple white cardstock, leaving a little extra room at the top of the card. Then, we got some rosemary from our local grocery store, and cut small sprigs to fit across the top of card.
We glue-gunned it down and it was ready to go (not to mention, also smelled so fresh!)
Simple white napkins help complete this look. And to stick with our theme, we took a little bit of twine we found at the dollar store, and tied it on the napkins – a small detail that really helped add to the outdoorsy look.
Maison Jar (PACK OF 3) = $2.50
Acorns = $1.50
Tea Lights = $1
Twine = $1
Rosemary = $2
Pine = FREE
Branches = FREE
TOTAL APPROXIMATE COST: $8.00
STYLE#2: PUMPKIN PALOOZA
What would fall and Thanksgiving be without pumpkins? This dinner style stays true to the inner pumpkin lover, and is a classic, festive fall theme.
We started with a large pumpkin and cut the top off, cleaning out all the pumpkin guts inside.
Then, we took fresh flowers and stuck them into a block of floral foam so the flowers would be at the perfect level inside the pumpkin. We picked pink flowers to offset the colour tones in this dinner style, but you can go with whatever flowers are your favourite (sunflowers would also look LOVELY!).
The remainder of the centre piece was created through a leaf garland we found at Dollarama ($2.50), some pinecones from the park, acorns, fake mini-pumpkins ($2 for a 2-pack), and fake wheat we put into jars we already had (you could also use a maison jar instead).
The nice thing with this name card style is that it doubles as a table-long placemat. This DIY was created by using craft paper roll and tracing a plate shape in front of each seat. Then, label everyone’s name with your lettering of choice, draw some faux cutlery, and TA-DA! Super cute, easy clean up, and only takes a Sharpie to do!
There’s no such thing as party without confetti. We found some adorable leaf confetti at Dollarama and decided to have a lil party.
Plus, the after-effect leaves a nice, fun look on the table.
Craft Paper= $1 @ Dollarama
Acorns = $1.50
Mini Pumpkins (Pack of 2 @ $1 x 2 packs) = $2
Pumpkin = $5
Leaf Garland = $2.50
Fake Wheat = $2
Pinecones = FREE
TOTAL APPROXIMATE COST: $14.00
STYLE#3: UPSCALE GRATITUDE
Don’t let this centrepiece intimidate you! The key staple to pulling this whole look together is gold spray paint. We bought a can from our local Michaels, and trust us, this stuff is versatile!
We got 3 medium sized plastic pumpkins at Dollarama ($2 each), and went wild with our spray paint. We also lightly dusted a few pinecones with the gold spray paint to give them a brushed look. Maison jars also make an appearance in this look: we found some miscellaneous gold items around our office and filled the maison jars with them. Alternatively, you could grab some small rocks from a nearby park, or head to the craft section of Dollarama for some knick knacks. Then, use your trusty gold spray paint, let them dry, and add it to the jar. Or, just spray paint your maison jars gold and add some tea lights inside.
These name cards are also nature friendly, and of course, gold. We got some maple leaves from a tree (one leaf per namecard), and spray painted them gold.
It’s important to let the leaves dry for at least 24 hours, as it’s difficult to write on the leaves when the paint hasn’t fully set for a full day (Trust us, we ruined 3 Sharpies to figure this part out). The next day, grab a black sharpie and write in the names on each leaf.
Why can’t home dinner parties have a restaurant feel to it? Of course they can! To pull together the “restaurant elegance”, we took a piece of white cardstock, and wrote out a menu for our dinner. If your handwriting isn’t your favourite, you can also use a regular printer to print a menu on card stock. We also spray painted a gold clothespin (because we are obsessed with this metallic gold paint), to hold our menu card down in place.
3 plastic pumpkins ($2 each x 3) = $6
Can of Gold Spray Paint (Michaels) = $7
Maison Jars (Pack of 3) = $2.50
Leaf Namecards: FREE
Pinecones = FREE
TOTAL APPROXIMATE COST: $15.50
And there you have it! 3 different looks to style your Thanksgiving or fall dinner party. Plus, because so many of them use similar elements (i.e. maison jars, pinecones/acorns), you can easily try a different style for a different dinner. Now, if this isn’t an excuse to have more dinner parties (or to convince your friends to), we don’t know what is! Enjoy your thanksgiving & happy stuffing!