Family friendly Tablescape for less

Thanksgiving tablescapes might just be my new favorite thing! I find that decorating your table can be pricey and quite boring when you adorn the same table as the next Target shopper. But lets not count Target out just yet. Their new-and-improved dollar aisle is always a "do." This year, I wanted to create a tablescape that would be inexpensive and easy for the kids to help with. 

Here's a List of things you will want→

Table runner 

dried leaves

pine cones

medium sized apples

twigs or dried sticks


small round candles

a center piece of your choice

The process→

The trick to not spending too much, is to use pieces that you already possess. You can incorporate whatever you would like then go searching for the rest. For me, I already had a great Yankee candle so I used that inside this adorable wire basket from the dollar isle. I also already had the two glass jars and I added a chalk-board label. I got them at Michael's. Everything else I had to gather.

The leaves were found on the way home when I spotted a gorgeous red maple tree. I simply picked up two branches that fell on a windy day. Try not to trespass on neighbors lawns... You don't wanna be decorating your jail cell for Turkey day. Parks are a great place to start!

I already had some adorable throws and pillows. If your eating inside (like normal people) get cozy! No one expects you to be uncomfortable. After all, the stuffing is gonna make you uncomfortable all on its own. Stretchy pants anyone?
The center piece should be small but sweet. My pine cones are from our local Trader Joes.  They are the scented cones.

Sidenote: The basket was $3 from Target dollar aisle. (available only IN STORES!)

I also like to buy items that easily transition from season to season. This basket will soon be holding wine for the post traumatic stress of Christmas shopping...

The glass jars from Michael's hold the sticks. They worked out perfectly! Plus, my three year old loved helping me gather the sticks. He thought the branches were actual trees we picked!
I arranged my dry leaves in an arc above the center piece. But let your creative juices flow! Spread them out! Do what feels natural! Make it rain on these cones... Pinecones that is. 

➹Here's a tip: make sure the table is never left un-attended due to foliage being very, VERY flammable. Pinecones are made from wood so please take caution!➹

The table runner was from Target and only $3! It may be small for your table so try getting two. The plates and napkins were also on sale at Target. $1.30 each. I'm trying to avoid doing dishes here people.  My apples were a bit small but I wanted to use what I had. I got these red babies at Trader Joe's in a bag. I simply cored them and stuck a candle in em! They work great and come in so many colors! 

➹Here's ((yet another)) tip. Spray the inside of the apple with lemon juice to prevent them from browning➹

So after purchasing everything, I spent a grand total of $10.60. That's like the $$ of two S-buck's coffees. Major score para mi!  This setup looked so pretty that I left it up in hopes I can use it before it gets really cold! It does wonders to an urban city home like mine. Taking home a bit of nature lifts my heart and teaches little ones about their environment. Remember to enjoy yourselves and relax. Do what works for you. Thanksgiving is about family and friends and being thankful for them...

What will your table look like? What do you like doing on thanksgiving?

Kristin Dawn Mejia
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