The temps outside might tell us to go to the beach, but it’s never too early to begin thinking about holiday decorating. (Besides when you stay ready, you never have to get ready!!)

Your holiday table doesn’t just WAKE UP itself. The secret is to make it look as if it does.

Instead, think of holiday decorating as a form of relaxation by combining vision boarding with retail therapy.

Here are 3 simple steps for creating the perfect Thanksgiving tablescape by visiting stores like Target, Walmart, Dollar Tree and Zara Home, combining some antiques in your home, and adding some DIY metallic spray paint.

Thanksgiving 2021 when it was my job to set my sister’s table and make the turkey. Mission accomplished using all fresh fruit, eucalyptus greenery from Trader Joe’s and gold rimmed plates on top of a sequined tablecloth with real wood chargers. Next?!

Step 1: Get Inspired – Any Table Can Be a FABULOUS Table!

Regardless of your budget, you can turn your table into the one you envision. Use your vision board for inspiration, and visit your favorite stores to turn everyday items into table decor. For the above tablescape, I used basswood rounds to create the chargers underneath the gold-trimmed plates. The pair adds a rustic element to the table that creates a homey feel for a family gathering.

Here’s a set of 4 chargers available at Amazon.

Step 2: Add pops of color.

Red pears are the perfect holiday accents today and delicious tarts tomorrow!

Add pops of color to your table with in-season fruits like red grapes, squash, grapefruit, apples, etc. (Personally, I like fresh fruit but feel free to mix a little real with a little fake. Remember, this is your table, and you can make it look how YOU want it to look, in a way that works best for you!)

Shop a variety of fake fruit options at Walmart for as low as $7.

Step 3: Don’t overspend!

When others go low, I go low too with the help of high and low stores (even if that means getting my hands dirty and DIY-ing decor!). You don’t have to spend much money to have a beautiful Thanksgiving tablescape.

For example, I found these cute napkin holders and glasses at Home Goods, and the gold-rimmed plates were from the Dollar Tree store!

And for Thanksgiving 2018, Bloomingdales, Z-Gallerie, and antique shopping helped keep this high/low end look in the FAB lane.

Hope these steps helped, and you have a FABULOUS kick off to the holiday season!

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