This year I wanted to create a few easy DIY tablescapes that were affordable. My first tablescape was a Friendsgiving inspired. The best thing about Friendsgiving is you get to create your own rules and traditions. Since living in the Bay Area I have hosted Friendsgiving almost every year for the past 8 years. I am vegan, honestly it's just easier for me to host. I really enjoy it and am kind of a control freak.
My first DIY tablescape was inspired by eating with your hands. I wanted to create a cheese board that was the main event. Friendsgiving doesn't have to be hours of slaving in the kitchen it can be wine, cheese and games. At my house it's usually games and Home Alone or a sappy Hallmark Christmas movie.
Being vegan cheese plates usually don't make it on my table but there are great vegan options but I don't torture my friends. There are so many other great options on a cheese board I fill up fast without the cheese.
For this tablescape I spent under $100. I found this great mid century wood wall art piece at Goodwill but from Target for $3. It was the perfect size for a large cheese board. I bought the linens from World Market for $4 each and the mustard yellow candles for $5. The $4 white plates came from Target. I found the brass candle holders and brass compote vases at goodwill and spent a total of $18 on all of them. The vases were also found at the goodwill though they were CB2 for $3 and $4. The most expensive thing I bought was the salt dish from Bed Bath and Beyond at $12. The plate treatment of dried Queen Anne's Lace forged along the side of the road with the pampas grass and thistle. I also forged the lovely green and red leaf greenery. The name tags were written on gourds and squashes found at the flower market for $1 each. You can also find them at Trader Joes, where I found the persimmons, cheese, nuts and fruit.
For my second DIY Thanksgiving dinner I wanted a little more traditional and fancier. Total spent was under $200. This is a little high but the table runner was from a local small business and was $70. The rest was stuff around the house or good deals.
First off the Happy Thanksgiving sign was just kraft paper I had around the house. Obviously, I have more arts and craft items around but when I was at the Dollar Store they were selling a small roll for $1. The silverware was mixed and matched from the goodwill a total of $15. We used the same name tags as above. The plates were mix matched from target for $5 each, world market for $7 and the last two were from my house (cb2 $8 each). The plate menu was $8. The plate from world market and the stand Michea's for $1. The candle holders were made from copper pipes I had left over from an art installation and the candles were from Ikea years ago. The wine glasses are $1 from the Dollar Store. The persimmons and gourds from the Flower Market and Trader Joe's for $1 each and bittersweet the flower market ($15). Lastly, the linens were from World Market for $2 each. The "I am thankful" clipboards were hanging up in my office. You can also find these at the dollar store or amazon.
The take away from this...... a lot of things can be found in your own house and repurposed or thing at your local Dollar Store. It's just how you mix high in with cheap to look like a million dollars.