Fall Tablescape For $18 + Under
We had a couple of cool days this week in Nashville, and let it be known that all the pumpkin candles were burnt and multiple cups of joe were drank. Fall is my favorite season, mostly because it leads to the MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR... but to be honest, I love any and every occasion to decorate and once we were planning for baby Arlo, I really upped my decorating on a budget game. (insert baby daddy's applause) So I will keep my fall decor out and about for the next couple of months, (with a few changes here and there as I get bored) but if that's not your thing, you could use these ideas to help decorate for Friendsgiving as that has become a tradition among many of us. Initially, I had no game plan or ideas in mind.. I simply looked on Pinterest to get myself feeling creative and headed to Target. Let it be known that Target's $1 bins are life changing and You. Should. Never. Pass. By. Them. Without. Stopping. So I gathered some seasonal decor from there, some napkins from Chip and Joanna Gaines line, Home & Hearth, some cardstock from the craft isle... and Wa-La... I left Target spending $11.. The rest of the supplies I already had on hand. If you don't have everything I used, IMPROVISE. Use sticks from your backyard, greenery from trees, etc.. get crafty!
$1 Fall Target Ornament
Large Bowl/Cake Platter
I used a blanket scarf I had in the back of my closet and roughly arranged it in the place of a table runner. This is going to create that cozy feeling you're looking to showcase for fall.
I traded out the dinnerware that normally sets my table, for the dinnerware that we use on a daily basis. I stacked those to add depth and bring height to each place setting.
I used the "guest towels" from the Home & Hearth between the two plates. I love this plaid detailing for all the colder months!
I added the $1 ornaments into the bowls as decoration. This is where you should get playful and creative, I had cinnamon sticks on hand, they are very cheap and can easily be tied into your Christmas decor as well, but if you don't feel like purchasing them, I'd suggest going outside and grabbing a few twigs and some greenery to finish adorning the top of your setting.
I then used the cardstock to print out the "Hey There Fall" greeting card, placed it to the side of each setting, and threw a gold paper straw on top (simply because I had these already) I do not feel this is a must.
Lastly, I needed a centerpiece, so I grabbed my galvanized cake stand from Homegoods, placed a coffee scented candle in the middle (also from Homegoods), and filled the empty space with pine cones. You can find these guys outside (and if you do, I suggest baking them on 350 to kill any bugs) or you can purchase a bag at Michaels for $4. If you don't have a cake stand, opt for a large bowl! If you don't have a large bowl worthy of being a centerpiece, head to Dollar Tree and buy one of their hard plastic bowls. Being able to see the pinecones fully will bring a lot of texture to your table.
A secret of mine when decorating for an event that people will be eating at is to use cardstock under each setting in the place of a placemat. This brings depth and color to your tablescape, keeps your table clean of mess, its cheap, and it cleans up sooo easy. This would be a perfect idea if you're arranging a table for a Friendsgiving, baby shower, or birthday party!
I love how this project turned out and I hope it brings ya'll some inspiration! I've added links to all products I used below. I also went ahead and shopped around for the items I didn't have to purchase to make things a little easier on ya'll. P.S. I couldn't find the exact $1 leaves or the same guest hand towels on Target's website, but I'm sure you can find them in store, if not. I've listed alternatives below (a few dollars more than what I spent for each but still completely reasonable.)
Be sure to tag me in your Fall Tablescapes!