Our first time hosting Thanksgiving dinner

Finally!  It was time to break out the wedding china.  My husband, Pj and I hosted Thanksgiving for the first time.  I was thrilled to have my family and Pj’s family over for a huge feast.  Plus, hosting Thanksgiving meant that I got to decorate!

thanksgiving, burandy, burlap, sage green table centerpieces

I didn’t hold back.  Many trips to Micheals, JoAnne Fabrics and orders from Oriental Trading resulted in the gold, burlap, deep purple and sage green theme for Turkey Day tablescape.  Here’s how I pulled it all together…on a budget:

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Fireplace Mantle

When you walk into my house, the first thing you see is the mantle.  I wanted to make it POP!  I was lucky to score this magnolia leaf garland at HomeGoods for $30!  The magnolia leafs were painted gold which really set the gold theme for my decor.

turkey day mantle decorations

Whenever I purchase a garland or wreath, I always add to it.  This time, I purchased the floral dried lotus pods and feast feathers from Orinetal Trading to add.  Both were on sale!

pheasent feathers garland

Simple candles can be dressed up with a ribbon or in this case a piece of burlap and a feasent feather decal – both from JoAnne Fabrics.

gold, satin ribbon on candle

Napkin Rings

  • Burlap
  • Orange, gold and yellow linen paper – Michaels: 3 12×12 sheets $3
  • Dried wheat stems that I spray painted gold – Giant Grocery Store: 24 pieces $12

homemade burlap napkin rins

do it yourself burlap napkin ring
Using orange and yellow textured paper, I drew leaves, cut them out and glued them to a cut piece of burlap. Cute DIY napkin rings that cost pennies!


Since our Thanksgiving table was so long (14 people long!), I wanted multiple, low centerpieces vs one huge centerpiece. I needed four centerpieces total and let’s remember, I’m working on budet here

  • Deep burgandy, purple satin material – JoAnne Fabrics: 3 yards $30
  • Burlap – JoAnne Fabrics: 4 yards $26

tablescape runner, burlap, tan and red, purple


  • Silver charger plate as base – Christmas Tree Shop:  $1
  • Candle – Christmas Tree Shop: $3
  • Pheasant Feathers – Oriental Trading: 24 pieces $16
  • Dried Lotus Pods – Oriental Trading: 12 pieces $3
  • Gold magnolia leafs – eBay: 24 pieces $20
  • Berries – Michaels Crafts: one bag for $4
  • Pinecones – picked from outside: free

magnolia leaves, gold, charger,, burlap, feather, dried poppers

Other Thanksgiving Decor

triangle burlap thankful painted sign
DIY “Thankful” Banner. I used stencil paint, homemade stencils and burlap to create this thanksgiving sign. It was simple and cheap!

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dog krypto thanksgiving mantle
Happy Thanksgiving!

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