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Decorating for Thanksgiving on a Budget with Easy Tips and DIYs


Find easy decorating for Thanksgiving on a budget tips and beautiful DIYs plus late Fall inspiration from over 15 bloggers.

Greetings! Our house is all ready for the holiday using paper Thanksgiving decorations and repurposed Fall decor. I’m excited to share how easy it is to decorate for Thanksgiving on a budget plus loads of beautiful late Fall inspiration from my eclectic friends and their home tours.

Inexpensive Thanksgiving and Fall Decorating Ideas

A Thanksgiving Table On A Budget graphic showing an eclectic glass table setting with pumpkins and place settings.  The view looks into the living room with a German smear fireplace wall and green velvet couch.
Decorating for Thanksgiving on a budget!

Welcome to Something Different Late Fall Home Tours hosted by Cassie Bustamante. Every day this week you can find new inspiration for Fall and Thanksgiving decor from a talented group of bloggers. Scroll down to the end for the full schedule! Today I’m joining these fine ladies.

The White Buffalo Styling Co / Casa Watkins Living / Jeweled Interiors / The Black House on the Corner

Decorating for Thanksgiving on a budget with table and living room decor showing a beautiful green velvet sofa in front of a cute dining nook with a fringed love seat, glass table, and gold chandelier.  A white kitchen is in the background.
Fall and Thanksgiving Decor

If you are new here, howdy! I’m a retired military spouse who moved back to Texas after being gone for 19 years. I perfected the art of rental decorating and overcoming challenges in small spaces for over fifteen years but now am tackling homeownership with a new set of challenges! Our family of four lived in some of the most beautiful coastal towns in the US and Japan which have influenced my colorful and global style with DIYs and furnishings in our one-story 60’s ranch-style home in Fort Worth.

Easy decorating Thanksgiving table tips with repurposed Fall decor, printable silverware holders, and a pink and green table setting.
Easy Pumpkin Centerpiece

I love going all out at the beginning of the season when I pull out all of my fall, pumpkins, and Halloween decor. Every year I try something new with pumpkins repurposing decor when I can. This year I repurposed some of my larger faux pumpkins to look like heirloom pumpkins. You can totally do this with dollar store pumpkins by the way!

At the beginning of October, our house transitioned into elegant Halloween decor and I participated in a new thrift-o-ween series in IGTV. By the time November rolls around, I’m ready to pack up most of my fall decor and just leave out a lovely setting for Thanksgiving with a few nods to the Fall season. After all, Christmas is just around the corner.

Easy Thanksgiving Decorating on a Budget

Keep it simple with a few pumpkins to create beautiful fall vignettes in your living areas. I simplified our early Fall fireplace decor by only using a handful of pumpkins with faux fall foliage. (Say that three times fast!)

Simple Thanksgiving decor on the fireplace with german smear stone, black floating mantel with gilded pumpkins, fall leaves, and brass candlesticks.  A beautiful black and white art is centered and a brass peacock screen below.
Fall Fireplace Mantel Decor

Shop your house for warm metals to set out to create a cozier atmosphere. I love mixing any colorful tapers in our brass candlesticks. They seriously look good with any holiday or everyday decor.

Thanksgiving and Fall decor in the living room built in media bookcase on the german smear fireplace showing color coded books, pumpkins, and a green chair.
Fall Home Tour

A few more pumpkins are placed around evenly adorning our built-in media bookcase, coffee table, and side table.

Decorating for thanksgiving on a budget with repurposed Fall decor and styling tips.  A beautiful setting showing a green velvet sofa with a gold side table and eclectic decor in an open concept dining and living room space.
Fall Colors Around the Home

It totally helps that we recently found a new sofa on the FB marketplace. The olive green will be so much fun to decorate with all year. I guess you can tell I’m passionate about greens!

A german smear fireplace is the backdrop for colorful styled shelves and a white coffee table with an air-plant and gilded pumpkins.
Fall Coffee Table Styling

It’s super fun and easy to mix in minimal seasonal decor when they are metallic or soft earthy colors like mint green.

Coffee table styling with mixed metallics and coffee table books showing gilded pumpkins.  It sits in front a green velvet sofa. Global decor in the background.
Ready for Autumn

Just a few well-placed pumpkins and faux leaves (or better yet, grab some branches from your yard!) can create an elegant setting for Thanksgiving. If you want to add some visual reminders to be thankful, try printing out a free printable to go in one of your frames.

A wide view of the living room showing a green velvet couch, white wood coffee table, white german smear fireplace, Asian styled foyer, and lots of colorful and eclectic decorating accessories including pumpkins for Thanksgiving and Fall.
Autumnal Vibes

Decorating a Thanksgiving Table on a Budget

In our open concept living areas, you just turn around and you are in the dining space. I used a few more of my faux-painted pumpkins and faux leaves to keep the decor consistent in such a small space. Here are other ideas for creating a beautiful holiday table for less!

A view from the dining table into the living room showing pinks and greens, wood floors, german smear fireplace, and lots of eclectic decorating and pumpkins.
Thanksgiving Table Ideas

Layer your china with everyday dishes for an interesting setting. I used my grandmother’s Dresden dinner plates with some cute fall pottery and thrifted salad plates and flatware. This trick is used often to create different looks for holidays and occasions without having to buy new dishes! Shop thrift stores and estate sales and only purchase one type of dish if you do want to add in something new on the cheap.

Tabletop view of dining table centerpiece with black, pink, and mint green pumpkins and fall leaves.  Boho upholstered bench and Mid century modern chairs.  Simple place settings using floral china and crystal glasses.
Thanksgiving Table Decor

Use paper Thanksgiving decorations to keep costs down. Since I decided to keep this holiday a little more minimal I decided to forgo table textiles including cloth dinner napkins. I created printable utensil holders that add a fun touch and keep the table from being too serious or formal. Pretty green paper napkins tuck in neatly behind the gold bamboo ware.

A close up of a place setting with an eclectic mix of china, pottery, gold bamboo flatware in a printable holder.  Pink and gold pumpkin and gourd with fall leaves.
Thanksgiving Table Place Setting

Aren’t the colors and layers fun? I love that you can see right through the table to my boho fabric-covered chairs. And the centerpiece ties it all in!

Black, pink, and mint green heirloom faux pumpkins with real stems mixed with gilded gourds and fall leaves for easy decorating Thanksgiving table on a budget.
Pumpkin Centerpiece for Easy Decorating Thanksgiving Table on a Budget

I hope these few simple thanksgiving decorating ideas on a budget sparked some inspiration for you! The best part is there isn’t a whole lot that has to be put away before the Christmas decor comes out.

View from glass table top with wood and boho fabric chairs, grey loveseat and Thanksgiving table settings into an eclectic and maximalist living room featuring a german smear fireplace, brass fireplace screen, and green velvet furniture.
Thanksgiving and Fall Home Tour

Would love to hear if you have any favorite tips or tricks for keeping Thanksgiving decor elegant but on a budget! And check out 50+ Fall, Thanksgiving, and Halloween ideas.

But first, let’s go visit these beautiful late Fall home tours. Shall we?

Something Different Late Fall Home Tour Graphic


Cassie Bustamante / Domicile 37 / Crazy Wonderful


Bloom Wild with Bari J / Eclectic Twist / House Homemade / Street Flea Style


Up to Date Interiors / The White Buffalo Styling Co / Casa Watkins Living / The Black House on the Corner / Jeweled Interiors


Jessica Brigham / Dorsey Designs / Brit Dot Design / The Boho Abode


Earthly Urban Interiors / Kate Pearce Vintage / Burnett Bungalow / The Ruby Thursday Collective



  1. Hello! Love your blog!
    I read that you purchased the lovely green velvet sofa of FB Marketplace, do you happen to know the manufacturer? I’m looking for something similar, but am very hesitant to purchase without sitting on it first.
    Thanks for any feedback!

    1. Aw thank you! yes, it’s called Fabien sofa at Lula and Georgia. I think they still carry it! I love it but the back cushion went flat bc of the feather-filled insert but I added in two queen-size pillows to fill it out and that worked great.

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