From DIY To Posh Decor, Thanksgiving Table Decor For Any Budget

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Among basted turkeys, pots of stuffing, and platters of cranberry sauce and sweet potatoes lies something just as important as the Thanksgiving feast itself. A festive tablescape—whether it’s done entirely with do-it-yourself decor, dressed up with centerpieces styled by the pros, or somewhere in between—helps set the stage for a holiday filled with style as well as deliciousness.

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For those looking to save big on time and money when prepping their table for Thanksgiving, Hildreth’s in Southampton recommends using ribbons as napkin-holders and to spruce up white tableware. “Candles can really make a table setting elegant,” said Judy Rewinski, a manager at Hildreth’s.

For floral centerpieces, Erin Hattrick, owner of Topiaire Flower Shop in Southampton Village, suggests using mix-and-match vases for a rustic table setting. For example, Ms. Hattrick used both a birch-covered vase and a plastic mint julep cup to hold a bouquet.

And don’t hesitate to bring out your Christmas ornaments early this year—East Hampton Gardens and Hildreth’s both display scattered fall-inspired ornaments, such as glitter-frosted pinecones and acorns, across the Thanksgiving table. The ornaments, combined with pine branches, either store-bought or picked from the backyard, offer an alternative to the traditional red/orange table setting.

East Hampton Gardens offers glittery pinecone ornaments for $10 each, and Hildreth’s sells bead-covered glass acorns for $5.99.

Another easy way to add a little spice to a holiday table is with clove-infused oranges, available at East Hampton Gardens, or by making them at home. Oranges decorated with a pattern of cloves offer a scented and festive addition to any Thanksgiving table and can also provide an activity in which kids can get involved.

Less Than $75

For a mid-level budget, Hildreth’s offers moderately-priced candle stands and unscented candles, as well as nickel hors d’oeuvre dishes shaped like miniature turkeys.

It’s better to use unscented candles at a Thanksgiving table, Ms. Rewinksi said, as they won’t interfere with the aromas of all those different foods. Ms. Rewinksi suggests placing two shorter candle stands alongside a taller stand to draw the eye to the center of the table by creating symmetry.

“Candles offer an equally pretty alternative to floral centerpieces,” she said.

A simple greenery arrangement decorated with red berries at East Hampton Gardens is another centerpiece possibility for those in search of something other than flowers. Gathered at one end with a twist-tie-like facet, the $39 arrangement can be laid flat on a table, surrounded by candles, or hang from the top of a doorway.

Decorators searching for a more floral focus for their table are likely to find an arrangement at any price point at Topiaire, Ms. Hattrick said. Lower-priced bouquets ring in at about $30 to $50, she said, and feature deep pink, orange, and yellow roses. The color and variety of the flowers, though typically not associated with Thanksgiving, will still complement an otherwise autumn-inspired table.

Mid-priced arrangements including cabbage leaves, hydrangeas, deco mums and red roses start at about $50 up to $80. To keep the price on the lower side, Ms. Hattrick recommends using more greens, like the cabbage leaves, in place of additional flowers.

Less Than $150

Searching for a more elaborate centerpiece?

Ms. Hattrick combines high-priced peonies with geranium leaves, deco mums, hypericum berries, and more.

“There’s nothing like a peony,” said Ms. Hattrick, adding that arrangements with peonies typically start at about $125. However, black magic roses work well in place of peonies in this bouquet, she said.

More traditional harvest centerpieces are available at East Hampton Gardens—for instance, a glass candle holder surrounded by silver-frosted greens, pinecones and pearl-like berries, which goes for $98. The candle is sold separately.

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