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Hello! I'm Suzannah, a serious DIYer. Follow along with my DIY fixer upper house renovations, sewing and crafty projects, real food recipes, and de-stressing goals. I'm a recovering former vegan and vegetarian, now healing with a nutrient-dense mostly Paleo diet, and love at-home CrossFit and yoga workouts. I'm also the author of DIY Wardrobe Makeovers!

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Budget-friendly Thankgiving table decor - hosting our first Thanksgiving dinner!

We are hosting Thanksgiving this year! Our first time ever, at any of our homes. This is our biggest dining room so far and we will be fitting Jason's and my families and us around the table.

I asked on Instagram a while back what you guys wanted to hear about this holiday season, and decorating for Thanksgiving was one of the topics. I put together this beautiful simple, budget-friendly table decor featuring eucalyptus, a few ghost pumpkins, some candles, and fresh leaves--and you can, too!

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I love being festive, but I don't love buying and storing a bunch of seasonal decor I only use once a year. So I love that you can use some pieces, like these eucalyptus garlands and wreath, for Thanksgiving with some fall leaves added and then dress them up for Christmas, too! You could also do this with boxwoods for a more traditional look.


I added long branches of real bay tree from our yard tucked into the faux eucalyptus garland, plus some bright yellow and orange leaves from the maples outside. A few faux pieces like this garland look much nicer with some real pieces added in! 

Here are a couple eucalyptus wreath options: here and here. You can also get eucalyptus sprigs like these to add into a vase on the side, or to de-Christmas a fir garland to use the same way!

You don't have to buy all-new-everything like Thanksgiving-themed napkin rings or whatever to create a beautiful, festive fall table. I used striped napkins I already had (similar/similar), the plates and utensils we use every day, and a candelabra that on its own isn't holiday-ey at all.

The only special Thanksgiving piece I bought for this setting was this table runner. It is so hard to find runners long enough but this one is extra wide and extra long! Plus has that beautiful brown velvet ribbon detail...  you'll see it as you scroll.

I added a sprig of bay tree from our yard to each plate. A sprig of rosemary or sage would also be perfect, whatever you have! Just wash and dry the leaves first if they're coming from outside.

There are tons of ways to fold napkins, but I like that this method doesn't result in an extra thing you have to buy or make (like a napkin ring). Just a compostable sprig of leaves!

There's the pretty runner again...

It was fun dressing up our dining room and I can't wait to do it again when we host later this month! I hope these tips are helpful for you!

Oh, and seeing my dining room for a new season has me thinking even more about what we should replace the chandelier with...!

Shop the pieces I used here, plus some similar ones, right here.


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