Thanksgiving Table – White House Quality on a Dollar Menu Budget

One of my favorite parts of Thanksgiving growing up was the fact it was one of the few times we got to use Dad & Mom’s china. It made everything seem so special.

Unfortunately, I don’t have the money to go all out on fancy dishes for Thanksgiving…so with one little helper, I came up with a tablescape/setting for $0! 
That helper? A gold pen I got last year to address Christmas cards. 
Let’s start with the table BEFORE – (I’m sorry…but I’m gonna make you scroll all the way down to see the AFTER) ;p
Just ordinary white plates (Crate & Barrel that I got at Goodwill). 
I wanted some swanky dessert plates but didn’t have any. Enter a leftover stash of white plastic dessert plates. They needed some bling bling, though…
I wanted to write something on the plate but wasn’t sure how “health friendly” that gold pen would be underneath all the food. I decided to write it on the backside so you’d still see the word but it wouldn’t be touching the food. 
Problem was…I didn’t know how to write backwards. I used wax paper as my stencil & traced over it. It turned out great & was really easy. 
After I traced “Thanks”, I used the gold pen & glammed up the edges. I feel like this is something JLo would be proud of, for some reason. Gold = Glam = Jenny from the Block…I don’t know. Anyways…
Next, I had several mini pumpkins I had used to decorate for Halloween. 
They got an Edward-like makeover (you know from Twilight…my lover Mike always tells me that if you have to explain jokes, don’t say them. But that would mean I’d never ever tell a joke the rest of my life…so sorry for my lack of funny. ;p). I spray painted them white with some leftover spray paint. 
Using my handy dandy gold pen, I colored the stems gold then I wrote different things I was thankful for  on each pumpkin. 
Family, Gods Love, Health, Husband, Friends, Home…& one more thing I’ll share at the end. 
See those leaves around the pumpkin? I gathered those from our backyard & outlined them in gold…
Can you tell how tight my gold pen & I are getting? :p Just wait…
For the napking rings, I used twine I had left from the wedding & wrapped it several times around the napkin then tied it in a bow. We have GOBS of acorns around our yard so I picked up a satchel full & painted the belly part with my buddy, the gold pen. The whole time, I’m wondering what my neighbors are thinking…1) She’s such a lazy butt…she goes & picks up a few leaves then lets her husband rake the rest 2) What is she picking up? (Enter husband of neighbor) Probably their dogs poo. But with her bare hands? Disgusting. 3) She seems so interested in leaves in her yard, why doesn’t she plant something…like grass so our neighborhood looks better! (There’s an actual story behind this…maybe I’ll share later…I can see you nodding off so I’ll stop. ;p)
I wanted to add a lot of candles but dress em up a bit. So I decided to do poor man’s gold crackling on some extra glass tealights I had. 
I’ve seen tealight holders like this at West Elm & Z Gallerie. It was so fun to recreate them & not spend a dime! My buddy goldie (the pen) is permanent so I can use these for years.  
Let’s see the Before one more time…
Plain Jane
After…
Those white candleholders I got at Goodwill ages ago for $1 for both & have used them for all kinds of things. 
I also wanted to see what it would look like without the leaves. I added the leaves because I felt it needed some color but I think I’m really digging this classic look. 
What do you think?
Me & goldie glammed up some more acorns to add to the candlescape. 
If you’re wondering about that pretty white cake stand…I got it from Wisteria back in the spring when it was on clearance. 
I love to look at our dining room table. It makes me smile & makes me think of all the things I’m truly grateful for. One of those things is…
I’m not just saying that. I really am. When I started this blog last New Years Eve, I knew I loved to plan parties on a budget but I never knew anyone would read this. ;p Your encouragement, comments, support (with the Better Homes & Garden contest) & just plain reading this thing…makes me smile bigger than a teenager getting to meet Justin Bieber. :-) Thank you!
I’ve got another post I’ll post this week, then I have an awesome guest blogger for next week. So much fun stuff to come! Happy Thanksgiving! 


One Artsy Mama

Comments

  1. I love your ideas and will be trying quite a few of them this year. Could you please tell me how you attached the acorns to the twine? Thanks again for sharing.

  2. Heidi Rew says:

    Thanks so much Sherry! I love your scarf in your profile pic! :-)

  3. Heidi Rew says:

    Thanks so much Sherry! I love your scarf in your profile pic! :-)

  4. Heidi Rew says:

    Thanks so much Sherry! I love your scarf in your profile pic! :-)

  5. SHERRY HART says:

    Beautiful table! Love the budget :)

  6. SHERRY HART says:

    Beautiful table! Love the budget :)

  7. SHERRY HART says:

    Beautiful table! Love the budget :)

  8. Thank you so much Linda & Debbie! :-)

  9. Thank you so much Linda & Debbie! :-)

  10. Thank you so much Linda & Debbie! :-)

  11. Debbie refresh restyle says:

    Love your tablescape! Very pretty, visiting from CG!
    Debbie

  12. Debbie refresh restyle says:

    Love your tablescape! Very pretty, visiting from CG!
    Debbie

  13. Debbie refresh restyle says:

    Love your tablescape! Very pretty, visiting from CG!
    Debbie

  14. Linda @ it all started with paint says:

    Very pretty! Just stopping by from Centsational Girl …

  15. Linda @ it all started with paint says:

    Very pretty! Just stopping by from Centsational Girl …

  16. Linda @ it all started with paint says:

    Very pretty! Just stopping by from Centsational Girl …

  17. Jennifer @ The Brilliant Crafty Type says:

    Love the whole tablescape! I think I'm feeling the no leaf look a little more than with the leaves, although I honestly adore both! Great work! I wish I had acorns around my house… jealous…

  18. Jennifer @ The Brilliant Crafty Type says:

    Love the whole tablescape! I think I'm feeling the no leaf look a little more than with the leaves, although I honestly adore both! Great work! I wish I had acorns around my house… jealous…

  19. Jennifer @ The Brilliant Crafty Type says:

    Love the whole tablescape! I think I'm feeling the no leaf look a little more than with the leaves, although I honestly adore both! Great work! I wish I had acorns around my house… jealous…

  20. I love those dessert plates! Thanks for the great ideas, I am so glad to have stumbled upon you!

  21. I love those dessert plates! Thanks for the great ideas, I am so glad to have stumbled upon you!

  22. I love those dessert plates! Thanks for the great ideas, I am so glad to have stumbled upon you!

  23. Michele & Space 46…thank you so much! :-) Happy Thanksgiving! :-)

  24. Michele & Space 46…thank you so much! :-) Happy Thanksgiving! :-)

  25. Michele & Space 46…thank you so much! :-) Happy Thanksgiving! :-)

  26. Thank you for sharing, I can totally do this! Happy new follower :)

  27. Thank you for sharing, I can totally do this! Happy new follower :)

  28. Thank you for sharing, I can totally do this! Happy new follower :)

  29. Michele Alger says:

    Love these ideas! So putting them to practice this week. Thanks for sharing!!

  30. Michele Alger says:

    Love these ideas! So putting them to practice this week. Thanks for sharing!!

  31. Michele Alger says:

    Love these ideas! So putting them to practice this week. Thanks for sharing!!

  32. Brittney…You made my heart jump just a little by saying that! ;p Thank you! Courtney…oh yes, white paint pens can form just as much a codependent relationship. ;p Thank you Renewed Upon a Dream! Go GOLD! ;p

  33. Brittney…You made my heart jump just a little by saying that! ;p Thank you! Courtney…oh yes, white paint pens can form just as much a codependent relationship. ;p Thank you Renewed Upon a Dream! Go GOLD! ;p

  34. Brittney…You made my heart jump just a little by saying that! ;p Thank you! Courtney…oh yes, white paint pens can form just as much a codependent relationship. ;p Thank you Renewed Upon a Dream! Go GOLD! ;p

  35. Renewed Upon a Dream says:

    Way to go being creative with things that you already had to make a gorgeous looking table! I love what you did with the little candle holders, they look great! Go gold pen!

  36. Renewed Upon a Dream says:

    Way to go being creative with things that you already had to make a gorgeous looking table! I love what you did with the little candle holders, they look great! Go gold pen!

  37. Renewed Upon a Dream says:

    Way to go being creative with things that you already had to make a gorgeous looking table! I love what you did with the little candle holders, they look great! Go gold pen!

  38. Courtenay@Creek Line House says:

    Nicely done! I once had a similar love affair with a white paint pen, but your gold pen is way cooler.

  39. Courtenay@Creek Line House says:

    Nicely done! I once had a similar love affair with a white paint pen, but your gold pen is way cooler.

  40. Courtenay@Creek Line House says:

    Nicely done! I once had a similar love affair with a white paint pen, but your gold pen is way cooler.

  41. I think Martha Stewart would be proud of that…AWESOME!!! Thanks for the ideas.

  42. I think Martha Stewart would be proud of that…AWESOME!!! Thanks for the ideas.

  43. I think Martha Stewart would be proud of that…AWESOME!!! Thanks for the ideas.

  44. Lisa…Thank you so much! Marissa…thank you for inviting me to your blog party. I will come with my party hat on! :-) Amy..yes…thank you for the invite!

  45. Lisa…Thank you so much! Marissa…thank you for inviting me to your blog party. I will come with my party hat on! :-) Amy..yes…thank you for the invite!

  46. Lisa…Thank you so much! Marissa…thank you for inviting me to your blog party. I will come with my party hat on! :-) Amy..yes…thank you for the invite!

  47. Great ideas!! I like how you wrote on the bottom of the plate, and I love those napkin rings. Would you share here?

    http://oneartmama.blogspot.com/2011/11/shine-on-fridays-2-and-some-fabulous.html

  48. Great ideas!! I like how you wrote on the bottom of the plate, and I love those napkin rings. Would you share here?

    http://oneartmama.blogspot.com/2011/11/shine-on-fridays-2-and-some-fabulous.html

  49. Great ideas!! I like how you wrote on the bottom of the plate, and I love those napkin rings. Would you share here?

    http://oneartmama.blogspot.com/2011/11/shine-on-fridays-2-and-some-fabulous.html

  50. that turned out really cool I need to find myself one of those gold pens I'd love it if you would add this to my blog party at http://raegunwear.blogspot.com

  51. that turned out really cool I need to find myself one of those gold pens I'd love it if you would add this to my blog party at http://raegunwear.blogspot.com

  52. that turned out really cool I need to find myself one of those gold pens I'd love it if you would add this to my blog party at http://raegunwear.blogspot.com

  53. I think the chargers look beautiful with the white plates and I love the napkin rings. Very nice job!

  54. I think the chargers look beautiful with the white plates and I love the napkin rings. Very nice job!

  55. I think the chargers look beautiful with the white plates and I love the napkin rings. Very nice job!

  56. Thank you so much Sarah & Lori! I really appreciate it! Happy Thanksgiving!

  57. Thank you so much Sarah & Lori! I really appreciate it! Happy Thanksgiving!

  58. Thank you so much Sarah & Lori! I really appreciate it! Happy Thanksgiving!

  59. Lori Lupei says:

    Very nice ! You are awesome! :) happy Thanksgiving!

  60. Lori Lupei says:

    Very nice ! You are awesome! :) happy Thanksgiving!

  61. Lori Lupei says:

    Very nice ! You are awesome! :) happy Thanksgiving!

  62. Heidi! I love this! it looks ah-may-zing!

  63. Heidi! I love this! it looks ah-may-zing!

  64. Heidi! I love this! it looks ah-may-zing!

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