How to Create a Thanksgiving Tablescape for Every Budget

Natalie Langston


Last year at this time 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. In the photos above these place settings are from Bed, Bath and Beyond and are a bit of a higher price point. For last year’s segment I used chargers, plates, flatware and these beautiful autumn floral dishware that I found at Real Canadian Superstore for more of a medium budget. 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 and a throw on your chairs to create that warm, cozy vibe for your guests. Mine are from The Cross Decor and Design.  But you can also find 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. My go-to florist is Maple Ridge Florist. I also like Floralista in Fort Langley, The Wild Bunch Flower Shop and The Flower Factory. I used Amborella Floral when I was in Calgary and they can all 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. 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 Singletree Winery 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. I’ve linked all of the items we used (or similar items) below for you!

Let me know how your tablescape turns out in the comments below. I’d love to hear what you decided to go with. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!!

Natalie xx 

Photography by Better Sweet Photography 

This post was repurposed from our original post sponsored by The Real Canadian Superstore. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


Navaeh White by Fitz and Floyd Coupe Gold Lattice Dinnerware Collection

Everyday White by Fitz and Floyd Beaded Dinner Plate

Olivia & Oliver Madison Flatware Collection in Gold 

Beaded Gold Charger Plates

Modern Farmhouse Turkey Beaded 21-inch Scalloped Oval Platter in White 

Crawford Creek White Wash Cutting Board 

Meridian Blush Wine Glass 

3.5 Inch Glass Pumpkins with LED Candle – Iridescent

13 inch Harvest Arrangement – Hydrangea

Glass Filled Candle, White

Rustic Pumpkin Mercury Votive Candle

Alabaster Votive Holder 

White Floating Candles

PDQ Tea Lights

Olivia & Oliver Hurricane Candle Holder

Red Delicious Apples

Pumpkin Pie

Stemless Champagne Glass

Baby Boo Halloween Pumpkins

Modern Farmhouse Beaded Gravy Boat in White

Jean Pierre Faux Fur Square Throw Pillow

Tibetan Lamb White Pillow 

White Heartbeat Pillow 

Faux Linen Square Throw Pillow Set 

Oslo Mohair Natural Throw 

Light Grey Herringbone Throw

Classic Cream 18″ Taper Candle | Set of 2

Square Clear Glass Tea Light Holder

Pumpkin Cheesecake

Ceramic Pie Plate, 9 in

Everyday White by Fitz and Floyd Bistro Fresh Baked 9-inch Pie Plate in White 

Angel White Cake Plate 10″ 

Coconut Whipped Cream, Regular

Stemless White Wine

Stemless Red Wine 

Pom Pom at Home White Charlie Placemats 

Pom Pom Design Table Napkins

Hexagon Gold Napkin Ring 

Mercury Glass Votive Holder, Gold

Gourmet Settings Moments Eternity 3-Piece Cheese Serving Set in Gold 

Genevieve Pink Rug 

Salvaged Wood Trestle Rectangular Extension Dining Table 

Salvaged Wood Bench 

Lanna Ivory Sheepskin Throw 

Lily of the Valley Wreath on Stand

Pillar Candle Holders in Gold | Set of 2 

Printable Burgundy Blush Thanksgiving Menu

Similar Printable Thanksgiving Menu 



October 11, 2020


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