Holiday dining table decoration on a budget!

As we prepare for the holidays, I wanted to share with you my experience as I hosted my very first Thanksgiving Dinner. If you are Hispanic and come from a modest family like me, you will know that we usually don’t pay a lot of attention to how we decorate a dinner table as much as the dinner itself. Us Hispanics are all about the food, the turkey, the rice and frijoles because heck! We know how to put our own flavors into the dinner. But as I keep growing old and taking more into the traditions of this lovely state I now call home (GA), I decided to make it unique, elegant but within my budget.

I’m going to list here the links (if possible) of all the things I used to make my table picture worth it. Let me start by telling you, I used two tables. One for the food, and one exclusively for dining, so, unless you have an extra large table where everything fits on top glamorously. I recommend you to do the same.

Dinner Table

Dining Table

Please allow me to remind you once again, that it was my first time hosting! Before you start judging my food and serving plates selection lol. I promise this year will look much better!

So for the dining table I bought the chargers at Michaels, they have a variety of colors and during the holidays they usually run a lot of specials on these. You can buy the same ones here, or find the ones you like the most.  I had some small pumpkins I bought at Publix ($5 per 2 pumpkins) you can find those at any of your local grocery markets, and bring that Autumn touch into your table. I also bought the eucalyptus leaves at Wholefoods and spread them in the middle of the table, they cost around $5 a bunch, I bought 2 bunches to fit the length of my table.

I had my mason jars from my wedding, but I found the cheapest place to get them is Michaels and you can purchase them here ($12 for a 12pk)I think if you don’t have these at home yet, you need to get them asap. They are very useful and versatile. Just fill them up with water and use  floating candles ($15 for 24pk) from Amazon, and have a candlelit dinner.

I snagged all the pine cones from my backyard, I washed them well, dried them out and painted them with rose gold spray paint, (which you can’t really tell from the photos). But you can buy them here too.  You don’t have to use pine cones for the place cards, be creative, use what you have available but trust me, there is something special when your guests see their names written in those cards, that makes them feel welcomed.

The names I wrote them myself and foiled them with gold foil using a laminating machine. If you need more details on this technique feel free to message me. But if you can’t do that, I would suggest either using an app or your computer to write the names on a script letter and just print them.

Ever since my wedding whenever I have parties I use plastic disposable dinnerware, I think it allows you to give that glamorous look without the hassle of having to do a ton of dishes afterward. So if you are my kind of people,  you can purchase a set of these dinner plates here, that set is very complete for your party needs ($60 for a 25 guest set). Buy it with time so you can avoid my mistake of not finding everything on the same theme color.

To finalize I will recommend using white linen tablecloths, and napkins, paper napkins would steal the fancy look we are aiming for. You can buy a dozen here at a very affordable price.

The Kraft paper wrap around label on the napkins with the thanksgiving lettering, once again I did them handwritten, but you can do them on your computer using a script font. I bought pre-cut Avery labels, but they are discontinued now. I would suggest buying these labels here and after you have the Thanksgiving printed from your computer, cut them to a half inch tall and the whole page wide, so you can wrap them around the napkin, and on top of some foliage; I used lavender from my garden for this.

For my dinner table during Christmas last year I added some lights on top of the table and besides proving more light to the table, it gave it a romantic and cozy touch. See the images below.

To finalize I will recommend to use white linen table cloths, and napkins, paper napkins would steal the fancy look we are aiming for. You can buy a dozen  here at a very affordable price.

The Kraft paper wrap around label on the napkins with the thanksgiving lettering, once again I did them handwritten, but you can do them on your computer using a script font. I bought a pre-cut Avery labels, but they are discontinued now. I would suggest to buy these labels here and after you have the Thanksgiving printed from your computer, cut them to a half inch tall and the whole page wide, so you can wrap them around the napkin, and on top of some foliage; I used lavender from my garden for this.

For my dinner table during Christmas last year I added some lights on top of the table and besides proving more light to the table, it gave it a romantic and cozy touch. See the images below.

If you found this post helpful, I would love to hear from you. So please, leave a comment below.  Thanks for reading!!

If you found this post helpful, I would love to hear from you. So please, leave a comment below.  Thanks for reading!!

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