Thanksgiving Day Tablescapes For Fall

Low-Cost Tablescape

by Alli

Decorating a holiday table is one of my favorite things to do! Every year I try to come up with a different twist on a Thanksgiving Day Centerpiece without spending a small fortune.  

I mean, really, with the cost of groceries for the big feast, the last thing I want to do is drop a bundle on a centerpiece.

For the last couple of years, my hydrangeas have been blooming in the fall, all the way to November. I’m not a master gardener by any means, so I asked my mom (she is an expert gardener) and she mentioned that her azaleas were blooming and that led to something else and I never received an answer. I need to call my mom.

Low-Cost Thanksgiving Day Tablescapes

Low Cost Thanksgiving Day Centerpiece & Tablescape Ideas

Low-Cost Thanksgiving Day Centerpiece

This year I’m using produce as my centerpiece. I whipped this one up a few days ago in just a matter of minutes. I’ve never claimed to be a floral designer. If I can do it, so can you!

You’ll need:

  • Purple Eggplants (I used 3)
  • Purple Cabbage (2)
  • Artichoke (1)
  • Purple Grapes (1 bunch)
  • Bouquet of fall flowers (grocery store)
  • Bouquet of greenery (grocery store – everything I used in the arrangement came from Kroger)

Low Cost Thanksgiving Day Centerpiece

I started with a white bowl and florist foam.  You can buy the florist foam at hobby stores or Walmart.

Steps on Making a DIY Thanksgiving Day Centerpiece

Then I added purple cabbage, an artichoke, a couple of eggplants. And, I added purple grapes.

Low Cost Thanksgiving Day Centerpiece Ideas

Separate the bouquet of fall flowers and trim the stems. Place into floral water tubes (available in bulk at hobby stores).  Add the greenery and you are done. Make sure you cover all the foam!

Low Cost Thanksgiving Day Centerpieces & Tablescapes

I love all the purples and greens in this bouquet and can’t wait to re-create it on Thanksgiving Day.

Low Cost Thanksgiving Day Centerpiece Ideas

Hydrangeas Are Still Blooming At My House!

Last year, as I was shopping my yard for Thanksgiving decor, I couldn’t pass up those big, fat, beautiful hydrangeas. So I planned my entire tablescape around those beauties.  

You can read all about my low-cost Thanksgiving tablescape here.

Rustic Glam Thanksgiving Day Tablescape

More Thanksgiving Day Tablescapes!

If you’re looking for a more traditional Thanksgiving tablescape, here’s one I created using dried gords, (thanks, mom) and branches.  Did I mention how much I love free DIY centerpieces?  You can find it all here.

Thanksgiving Tablescape

And we can’t forget the kids’ table, right?  I always make sure that all the kids feel welcomed and loved, so they get their very own table.

Thanksgiving Day Kids' Table

And here’s one more!

Children's Table1

I always look forward to hosting my family on Thanksgiving and creating Thanksgiving Day Tablescapes. This is one meal where paper plates and cups are not allowed.  

All the kids pitch in after dinner and help clean up.  It’s a good way to burn a few calories. Wink!

And before you go, I have to share my mom’s Deep Fried Turkey Rub. Yes, I deep fry my turkey every year. It’s so moist and delicious and takes less than 30 minutes. Plus, it frees up my ovens for all those delicious sides.

Deep Fried Turkey RubDo you host Thanksgiving at your home?  What are your decorating secrets?

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Ashley November 3, 2015 - 8:16 am

This is my first year hosting Thanksgiving…because we have the largest family (& house lol)! I’m definitely going to use your tips (& the uncarved pumpkins will come in handy!) I will also continue to read all your posts leading to the big day. This young chic can use all the advise she can get ?

Alli November 4, 2015 - 9:52 am

Oh, I can’t wait to see how everything turns out. You’ll do great – you always do. I remember the fist time I cooked Thanksgiving. We had always eaten at my mom’s house. We were living in OK and going to school, so I had all our friends from other countries over. 🙂 We miss you, but I’m so glad you’ve followed your heart.

Jenn @ EngineerMommy November 3, 2015 - 8:58 am

You always have such beautiful tablescape ideas! I can’t believe Halloween is over and we’re already talking about Thanksgiving and Christmas! It’s time to start planning for the parties!

Alli November 4, 2015 - 9:50 am

Christmas will be here before we know it and I haven’t done any shopping yet. I need to get busy.

Valerie@Occasionally Crafty November 3, 2015 - 10:53 am

That is a beautiful arrangment! I love the non-traditional fall colors you used. Fresh flowers are such an inexpensive way to make a statement!

Alli November 4, 2015 - 9:49 am

Yes they are. I love being able to buy centerpiece materials at the grocery store.

Vera Sweeney November 3, 2015 - 11:24 am

I love these tablescapes ideas!!! It is so hard to believe it is already time to start planning out Thanksgiving.

Alli November 4, 2015 - 9:48 am

I know! I want it to slow down a bit. I haven’t started my Christmas shopping yet.

Shell November 3, 2015 - 12:41 pm

I love the use of cabbage, grapes, and artichokes. The colors all look amazing with the flowers. Great job!

Wendy November 3, 2015 - 1:29 pm

Very pretty! I love using fruit in my flower arrangements! You have some very good ideas to go with my fruit. Thank you for the inspiration!

valmg @ From Val's Kitchen November 3, 2015 - 8:22 pm

Everything looks very colorful. I do hot Thanksgiving for everyone. I don’t have to think about decorating the table because it’s always wall to wall plates and bowls.

Alli November 4, 2015 - 9:47 am

For Thanksgiving, I set up a buffet on the kitchen island and it spills over onto the countertops, too. There are so many of us that it would be impossible to get it all on the table. 🙂 I always set up the dessert bar on a side buffet table.

Erin November 3, 2015 - 8:33 pm

Oh I love that floral arrangement! So colorful which totally works for me since I prefer that to the orange and yellow that most tablescapes bring this time of year.

Alli November 4, 2015 - 9:45 am

For some strange reason, I love using purple for my Thanksgiving decor. It just livens things up a bit.

Stephanie November 4, 2015 - 4:17 am

We usuallly go out for Thanksiginv just because I don’t like my house full of people. Beautiful tablescapes though – better than I’ve seen in many of the restaurants I go to!

Alli November 4, 2015 - 9:44 am

Thanks, Stephanie! Going out sure is tempting – no mess, no aching legs from cooking all day . . . 🙂

James November 4, 2015 - 8:11 am

As my wife would agree I seem to have not been blessed with the decorating gene. Every time I think I arranged things in just the perfect way she says it looks stupid and not to ever do it again. I may just try this one day and blow her socks off. She would probably never believe I was the one that did it though.

Alli November 4, 2015 - 9:44 am

You really do need to try it! I like centerpieces that are edible. 🙂

Zan November 4, 2015 - 8:48 am

Oh Alli, I just saw your beautiful tablescape and it seems like we were sort of thinking alike with the frugal and food idea. Of course, my is not all fancied up like yours:) I love love love your beautiful tablescapes and always look forward to seeing them, including the kids own!

Alli November 4, 2015 - 9:43 am

Thanks, Zan! I always try to shop my home and garden first because I don’t like to spend a lot of money on the tablescape. I always reuse dishes, etc. too. I’m heading over now to see your rustic Thanksgiving Tablescape. I love Thanksgiving!!

Kristen from The Road to Domestication November 4, 2015 - 1:50 pm

I love these ideas! I especially love the bright colors in the centerpiece, as you don’t see those used in Fall events very much!

Carmen Perez (listen2mama) November 4, 2015 - 3:09 pm

Oh I love all of these arrangements. And I like that they deviate from the usual yellow and orange color scheme.

Maureen November 4, 2015 - 9:25 pm

These looks so gorgeous! I will share your post to my ex mother in law. She would totally love this. 🙂

Mary November 4, 2015 - 11:19 pm

!i love the non traditional colors. They really brighten up the table

Donna Ward November 4, 2015 - 11:31 pm

First off – Wow! You deep fry your turkey – my hubby was checking into the best deep fryers last year – maybe we’ll be doing our Thanksgiving a bit differently next year.
Beautiful images and so creative –

Stephen Parry November 5, 2015 - 5:18 am

Loving the cute kids table ideas! Happy Thanks Giving 🙂

Amanda @ Adorkablii November 8, 2015 - 9:55 am

I love this. So cute and simple but totally fun. I haven’t figured out what we are doing for Thanksgiving so no cute ideas just yet. But I am totally loving everything you got going on here. =D

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Shannon Gurnee November 15, 2015 - 2:41 pm

I love flowers! Looks like some really pretty centerpieces!

Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen November 22, 2015 - 5:54 pm

I love your tablescapes!!! It’s really affordable.. all you need is a little creativity

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