How to Create a Thanksgiving Tablescape for Every Budget

This morning I was on CTV Calgary talking about how to easily create a Thanksgiving Tablescape of your dreams. One of my favourite things about the holiday season is decorating. We can spend hours preparing dishes for Thanksgiving, but what’s a beautiful meal without an equally stunning setting. There are so many ways to jazz up your place setting without breaking the bank or spending a ton of time and effort. And that’s where I’m here to help create the perfect Thanksgiving Tablescape for every budget. 

  1. Let’s start with the key elements that make up your tablescape. Your place settings are a great place to show your unique style and you can play around with these based on your budget. We’ve used chargers, plates, flatware and these beautiful autumn floral dishware that I found at Real Canadian Superstore. They have some affordable Riedel Wine Glasses or you can opt for their PC glassware depending on your budget. I’ve included some extra decor items like these pumpkins and harvest crackers but you can also leave them out and you won’t lose the effect of a great tablescape.  You can also add in some pillows on your chairs to create that warm, cozy vibe for your guests. I literally found all of these items at Real Canadian Superstore, they have everything you need to create your Thanksgiving tablescape. It’s your one stop shop and as a new mom that is so crucial for me these days. 
  2. Colour Theme – I would recommend picking 2-3 colours you’d like to focus on throughout your tablescape and use that as a base when selecting the items you will use. Florals can definitely help elevate your tablescape and provide that WOW factor. You can easily do this depending on what kind of budget you have. We used timeless fall blooms and tones in all different price points. Having these “tones” built into your tablescape really help to create that cozy October/winter vibe that we all love so much. Here is a more luxurious option to have as a centrepiece, a medium option to place throughout your tablescape and if you’re really on a budget but would like to spruce up your table, you can add some greenery like we’ve done here around each place setting. A fun and creative way to use what you have at home is repurposing old jam jars for votives or smaller arrangements. I found these at a local vendor here in Calgary called Amborella Floral and they can completely customize for every budget.  
  3. Candles –  are great because you can really play around with them as to how much you want to spend here. You can go crazy and include different heights and levels or just keep it simple and use a few votives throughout your table. Either way you will still create that same cozy, warm feeling when your guests sit down for dinner. You just might have a problem getting them to leave. 
  4. With the amazing fall produce you can find at Real Canadian Superstore, don’t shy away from incorporating beautiful produce on the table like we’ve done here. Arrange apples, squashes, mini gourds and decorative dried corn in bowls or baskets or just artfully lay on the table for a simple yet seasonal way to jazz up the meal. And if you’re short on time, I recommend PC Express where you can shop all your Thanksgiving hosting needs online and all you need to do is pick them up. I love being able to do this as a new mom, it saves me so much time and I don’t have to drag my son out of the car for all the different stops I would have normally made. 
  5. Pre-planned seating: place cards or menus are a creative way to easily elevate your tablescape and you can totally do this on a budget. I found a template on etsy and had them printed at my local copy and print store for less than $10. It’s just a nice addition to your tablescape and makes your guests feel special and they also know what they get to look forward to throughout the evening. I did a little wine and food pairing on mine which completely elevates your tablescape and is so simple to do. We used Evolve Wine and a rule of thumb I keep in mind when hosting guests is having a bubbles to start with a charcuterie board or some appies, white wine with some veggies or salad and red for your main course. That’s a really simple way of creating a wine and food pairing for your guests this Thanksgiving.  

Hostess Tips and Meal Prep: 

  • For an event like Thanksgiving meal prep is key. I would recommend doing your grocery and centrepieces two days before.
  • The day before set the table and put your wine in the fridge to chill 
  • That way the morning of, you can prep all your food items and all you have left to do is light your candles when guests arrive. 

So as you can see you have a bunch of different options to elevate your tablescape without breaking the bank and I love that you can find all of this at Real Canadian Superstore. 

Autumn Floral Bowl 12″

Forged Flatware

Glass Filled Candle, White

White Floating Candles

PDQ Tea Lights

Tapered Wine Glass

Red Delicious Apples

Dinner Plate, New Cottage

Pumpkin Pie

Unscented Pillar Candle, White

Stemless Champagne Glass

8-Inch White Pillar Candle, Unscented

Cement Pillar Holder, 7.5″

Rush & Paper Basket

Baby Boo Halloween Pumpkins

Bistro Gravy Boat

Tiger Halloween Pumpkins, 3 Pack

Autumn Floral Plates 16″

Halloween Indian Mini Corn

Lambs Wool White Cushion, 18 x 18 in

Autumn Floral Side Plate

White Taper Candles, Unscented

Cement Pillar Holder, 9.9″

Square Clear Glass Tea Light Holder

Metal Base Votive Holder, Clear

Cherry Pie

Etch Pie Plate, 9 in

Coconut Whipped Cream, Regular

Stemless White Wine

18X18 Lambswool Cushion, Grey

Woven Placemat, Taupe


Mercury Glass Votive Holder, Gold

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