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Thanksgiving Decorating Ideas for Under $50


By Daisy Barringer

Thanksgiving is right around the corner, and while we all know that the focus of the holiday is on family, friends, food, (and maybe football), it’s fun to set the mood with festive decorations. However, since Thanksgiving is only once a year, we like to use either pieces that work for the entirety of fall or holiday-specific things that don’t break the bank.

Actually, when it comes to autumn and Thanksgiving décor, we don’t like to spend too much because present-buying season is right around the corner. That’s why we’re thankful for these fantastic pieces. All of them will add a warm and inviting touch for the season, for $50 or less.

Read on for a few ideas about how to decorate for Thanksgiving, as well as some of our favorite pieces to buy.

Create fall vignettes throughout your home

When it comes to Thanksgiving, the dinner table is the hero, but there are lots of other places in your home where you can bring in autumn décor, including your mantle, entryway, and coffee/side tables. Here are a few pieces you can easily mix and match to create a harvest vignette.

*Group odd numbers of pumpkins in different sizes together. Instead of orange, use colors like gold, silver, and white for a look that’s more “harvest” than “Halloween.”

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*Mix leaves on stands into vignettes for a lifelike, nature-inspired sculpture.

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*Turkeys made with natural ingredients are thematic but not too kitschy, and they work well in a vignette or on the dining room table.

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Swap out pillows and throws to add autumn textures and colors

Throw pillows and blankets are a great way to subtly change the look of your living room each season. For fall, pick rich colors with lots of texture to reflect the beautiful nature outside. Plaids are also a great choice, and they transition perfectly into winter.

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Hang a wreath to make a simple fall statement

Autumn is all about colorful leaves, dried grasses, and other natural elements that are perfect for incorporating into a (faux or real) wreath. And you’re not limited to hanging a wreath just on your front door. They look great on or above the mantle, on a mirror, on a cupboard or cabinet, in your entryway, and even horizontal as part of a centerpiece.

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Let the table be the focal point

The food is truly the centerpiece of any Thanksgiving meal, but starting with a beautiful table reminds everyone that it’s a special day where friends and family are able to come together and give thanks. Oh, and it’ll look great on Instagram, too.

Fresh or dried flowers (kept low so as to not interfere with conversation) are an important part of any Thanksgiving table, but this is a chance to really have fun and use other creative pieces as well.

*Most Thanksgiving dinners are served buffet-style, which means you’ll probably be placing serving pieces either on the dining room table or a buffet table. Use festive trivets to add décor and keep hot dishes from damaging your table.

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*Candles are an inexpensive and effective way to set a warm and inviting mood on Thanksgiving. Just keep in mind that while scented candles are a lovely way to fill a room with an autumn aroma, they’re not usually used at the dinner table since the smell can interfere with the flavors of the food.

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*Don’t be afraid to add whimsical touches to the table as well, like fun place card holders or party favors.

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