10 Thanksgiving Table Setting Ideas on a Budget

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My favorite holiday is right around the corner… Thanksgiving! I love gathering friends and family around the table and reflecting on what we’ve been thankful for during the past year.

Well I know just how expensive Thanksgiving can be while preparing for a houseful of guests so today I’m trying to show you how you can dress up your Thanksgiving table on a budget!

thanksgiving tbale settings on a budget

1. Mini Gourds & Pumpkins
I picked up a small bag of gourds and pumpkins from Dollar General for $2! You can easily put one on each place setting for a little added color and Fall fun.  Sprinkle the rest of them around the table for additional décor.

gourd thanksgiving table setting

2. Free Printables
Add some extra pizzazz for next to nothing with these free Thanksgiving printables I created last year! You can customize these menu cards, food card, place cards and little toppers.

thanksgiving free printables

3. Chargers
I’m a huge fan of plate chargers. They really spruce up your place settings, especially if you have just plain white dishes. I picked up 12 gold chargers from Dollar General for $1 each. These will look great for Christmas and other holidays too!

pinecone thanksgiving table setting

4. Pinecones
Think about bringing the outdoors inside. Pinecones are great for any Fall table with their beautiful texture.

5. Candles
Add a little bit of ambiance to your Thanksgiving table with candles. If you have a bunch of kids at the table this year, consider the battery-powered version. I love how they actually look realistic these days with the twinkle effect.

affordable thanksgiving table setting ideas

6. Textiles
You can make any plain table look dressed with a new tablecloth, placemats, or table runner. Or if you want to really impress, try mixing your textiles and use all three like I did above. Different textures and patterns can really work together and don’t have to cost an arm and a leg (all the ones above are from Dollar General).

thanksgiving table setting ideas

7. Spray
Try tying your napkin with a simple piece of rope or twine and inserting a piece of spray like wheat or berries. Definitely a wow factor and budget friendly!

8. Decorative Pumpkins
I picked up these adorable Give Thanks pumpkins from Dollar General. How cute to have one of these sitting on each dinner plate at the beginning of dinner?

pumpkin thanksgiving table setting

9. Flowers
If you only have enough money for one decorative item on your Thanksgiving table, I would invest in flowers. Simple and understated. You can even purchase fake flowers and make a centerpiece that you can use year after year.

10. Stuffed Turkeys
I quickly fell in love with these little turkeys at Dollar General! Since they were $2.50 a piece it’s probably the only addition I would make to a Thanksgiving table on a budget, but they’re great to reuse every year!

turkey thanksgiving table setting

 So do you have any budget friendly Thanksgiving decor ideas?
Are you hosting this year?

Only 3 weeks away, yikes!

thanksgiving tbale settings on a budget

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How to Build a Patio Dining Table

So a couple weeks ago I showed you our newly stamped concrete patios and DIY firepit. Well, now it’s time to furnish the space except everything is so darn expensive. So when Ace Hardware challenged me to a $90 project in celebration of their 90th Anniversary, I knew exactly what I wanted to build…

A Patio Dining Table.

how to build a patio dining tableAnd guess what? It didn’t even cost me $90. More like $80 and that included all of the screws and wood glue. I found the plans that I wanted to use on Ana White’s website, including the entire cut list for the wood.


Shopping List:

5 – 12′ – 1×4 Boards (Cut Tabletop Boards from these)
5 – 8′ – 1×4 (Supports and Aprons)
1 – 12′ 2×4
1 1/4″ Screws
2″ Screws
2 1/2″ Screws
Wood Glue
Wood Filler
Finishing Supplies

measuring tape
circular saw


Cut List:

2 – 1×4 @ 32 1/2″ (End Aprons)
4 – 1×4 @ 64 1/2″ (Supports)
2 – 1×4 @ 60 1/2″ (Side Aprons)
17 – 1×4 @ 35 1/2″ (Tabletop Boards)
4- 2×4 @ 29 1/4″ (Legs)

build a patio dining tableI actually ended up using (10) 6ft 1×4 boards instead of (5) 12ft boards. Easier to transport in my car and Ace Hardware had it in stock! To cut all of my wood I used my Craftsman circular saw. It’s still somewhat of a new tool to me, but you might remember my table trough centerpieces or my basement workshop table.

craftsman compound miter sawThen we just followed Ana’s instructions perfectly, making sure we used our square to keep everything angled perfectly before glueing and screwing into place.

diy patio dining tableWe started by building the table top form with supports down the middle. Then we glued and screwed the aprons onto the side.

how to build a patio tableTo add the tabletop boards we laid them in place on top of the supports first to evenly space them out, then screwed them into place. To make things go a little faster we had one drill designated for screwing, and one for pre-drilling holes.

build a patio tableOnce all of the tabletop boards were in place, it was time to add the legs.

build patio tableAnd three hours later we had ourselves a nice patio dining table.
For under $90 $80.

how to build a patio dining tableAnd here’s the table with some temporary chairs…

how to build a patio tableNow we aren’t going to stain the table. I have cool plans for the rest of this table a different day. But if we were going to stain, I would suggest doing that before assembling. It would be kinda hard to get it perfect between those slats!

building a patio tableAnd I could have used a Kreg jig to make pocket holes and hide the screws, but hey… I’m just happy we built a table from scratch!

AND it’s one sturdy table!
Not too shabby for our very first furniture build.

patio table building

how to build patio table

how to build a patio dining table

So… what could YOU do for $90?
Tomorrow I’ll be giving away a $90 gift card to Ace Hardware,
so stay tuned!

how to build a patio dining table

If you want to see more projects from the Ace Hardware team,
check them out HERE!


 I am a member of the Ace Bloggers Panel and Ace Hardware has provided me with materials for this project. I was also compensated for my time and this blog post. All opinions are my own and do not necessarily reflect those of Ace Hardware.