Thanksgiving ~ Frugal Place Settings


My fellow bloggers Amy, FishMama, Crystal and Erin are talking turkey this week. That is, Thanksgiving on a Budget.

Quite often we forget that using what nature has given us, is one of the most frugal ways to make our home beautiful. Whether it’s decorating my Mantle, Dining Room table or even the little chair I have tucked in the corner, I love decorating with nature.

As I was thinking about setting my Thanksgiving table, I wanted to come up with some beautiful decorations and not spend any money. So, I headed outside and did some gathering.

I decided to use pears, some acorns, sweet gum balls, ivy and some Fall ribbon that I had in my stash.

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Then I set out to make some place cards, I combined the pictures a little for you, so that the post won’t be too long.

Place setting collage

  1. Gather some shapes to trace, cookie cutters are great
  2. Trace onto scrapbook or construction paper
  3. Cut the shapes out
  4. Gather some writing tools, I found that the brown fine tip Crayola marker worked best

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Then write your guest names on each shape.

I have used several different napkins to give you an idea of color and material, you could most certainly use paper napkins like the orange napkins, some fabric cut like the acorn napkin or a cloth napkin.

Here I used the cloth napkin and simply tied it loosely with a ribbon and tucked in the name card

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This one I used some acorn fabric that I had, some acorns and an acorn top to hold the name card

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And here is a red pear, some ivy and the name card simply tied to the stem of the pear with embroidery floss

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And a name card tied to the stem of a sweet gum ball

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A simple green pear and a name card

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Since not everyone has access to gathering natural items, I’ve found a few ideas for you…

~Thanksgiving Printables from

~Pilgrim Hat Place cards from

~Turkey Place cards from

~And for the “little people” table, Max & Ruby Printables

Update: I’m updating this post to include a few more links for Friday Favorites hosted at Daily Dwelling, be sure to head on over and check out her great list of favorites.

~Thanksgiving Garland made by Simply Modern Mom

~Give Thanks Garland made by The Charmed Home

~Napkin Rings made by The Graphics Fairy

This post linked to:

~DIY Day hosted by A Soft Place to Land

~Tackle It Tuesday hosted by 5 Minutes for Mom

~Thanksgiving on a Budget hosted by Money Saving Mom

~Frugal Friday hosted by Life As Mom

~Finer Things Fridays hosted by The Finer Things in Life

~The Shabby Nest

~The Inspired Room


  1. Nutmeg Nanny says:

    What a great table setting! Are those buckeyes I spy? Living in NY I don’t get to see them anymore. It’s sad for a Buckeye girl born and raised :)
    .-= Nutmeg Nanny´s last blog ..Maple Pecan Shortbread – Kooky Cooky Challenge =-.

  2. Linda says:

    I like the nature items. Very creative. Thanks for the links too.
    .-= Linda´s last blog ..Edible Gifts =-.

  3. Your place settings are beautiful – they really give warmth and I think they’d make guests feel so special. What a great idea.

  4. What a NEAT idea!
    .-= Susie’s Homemade´s last blog ..Friday Foto Fun with Thanksgiving Decorations =-.

  5. Tiffany says:

    Thanks so much for the link to my Thanksgiving garland. And I love your idea of the table place holders. Great idea using cookie cutters.
    .-= Tiffany´s last blog ..Shoe Accessories by Dekkori =-.

  6. You found all of that right outside your house?! Lucky you!
    .-= Amy @ Finer Things´s last blog ..Favorite Thanksgiving Recipes =-.

  7. What a GREAT!!! idea. I love your place cards and holders.
    .-= Geri@heartnsoulcooking´s last blog ..LEMON-PECAN COOKIES =-.

  8. Myra says:

    Such great ideas, Liz! Thanks so much for sharing!! :)

  9. Thanks for the great ideas!

  10. Laura Horne says:

    Thanks so much for the link! I appreciate it. I love your blog too.

  11. Lisa says:

    GREAT ideas here! Thank you for sharing. :)The acorn one is my favorite!! I posted my Thanksgiving table recently. You can see it here:
    .-= Lisa´s last blog ..Maple Sugar Cookies bid Fall Farewell =-.

  12. These are so sweet!!! I love how you used the cookie cutters as a template, awesome idea!
    Thanks so much for linking up my napkin ring project, that was so kind of you!

  13. alexandra says:

    great tackle! I love it :)
    .-= alexandra´s last blog ..tackle it tuesday :: denim + lo’Kden =-.

  14. Angela says:

    Those are gorgeous! Very simple, yet elegant. Great job!

    If you have a moment, stop by and check out my tackle! :)
    .-= Angela´s last blog ..Blog changes. =-.


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