When it comes to decorating the dinner table for Christmas, table decor doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. Between thrift stores, dollar stores, and your own stash of recycled Christmas decorations, it’s possible to put together fantastic dinner table decorations at a price that fits any budget.
Decorating the dinner table for the holidays starts with digging into your stash of Christmas table linens and place mats from the past. Holiday linens never go out of style and are the easiest (and most budget friendly) way to decorate a dinner table. To update the look of your old table linens, switch out last years napkins for some crisp red or green napkins tucked into pretty holiday themed rings. If you don’t have table linens, the thrift stores and second hand stores are a great place to find vintage linens at budget prices. If the idea of “used” bothers you, shop discount and remaindered stores for inexpensive cotton linens.
Once you have some pretty table linens, all that’s left is to put your imagination to work creating some unique, yet budget friendly table decorations.
Christmas orbs and pine cones. One of my favorite budget friendly centerpiece arrangements is combining colorful Christmas orbs (ball shaped ornaments) with pine cones and arranging them in a nice basket or glass bowl. For a little bit of color, some holly sprigs can be tucked in and among the pine cones.
Use your holiday collectibles as centerpieces. Over the years, our family has collected things like nutcrackers, roly poly Santas, 1950s plastic novelties, and other holiday bric a brac for decorating our home during the holiday season. We’ve discovered that a holiday collection makes a wonderful dinner table centerpiece that does double duty as a conversation starter.
To display your collection, try these ideas:
* Placed on a pedestal cake stand
* Arrange on the dinner table with sprigs of dollar store poinsettia flowers tucked around the base
* On an inverted basket which has been covered with a cheery Christmas napkin
Easy glass jar centerpieces. The thrift stores are a great place to find budget priced clear glass jars, carafes, and vases that can be put to work as a unique dinner table decoration. Some of the ways glass jars and vases can be used include:
* Fill the jars with an assortment of small Christmas ornaments, Christmas light bulbs, or scraps of Christmas crafting ribbon
* Combine gold & red curling ribbon or beads with mini pine cones, sprigs of evergreen, or bundles of cinnamon sticks
* Fill each glass jar with several inches of white silica (sand) to use as base for holding colorful holiday candles
* Display an assortment of fresh cranberries, nuts, and seeds
Basket of evergreens. Evergreens last a long time without water which makes them ideal for crafting into wreaths, garlands, and even holiday table decorations. One budget friendly idea is to fill up a wicker basket with fresh cut holly, pine tree sprigs, or oregon grape. Add a few berries for color and accent with pine cones or dollar store cardinals.
Spray found objects in gold. Let face it; there are all sorts of tacky things that can be found in the thrift stores. However spray painted with gold, even tacky items can looks pretty awesome. Budget priced thrift store treasures that can be sprayed and used to decorate your holiday dining table include wise men statues, interestingly shaped candle holders, unique glassware, kitschy Christmas statues, or shaped Christmas ornaments.
Poinsettias in a candy cane pot. For a unique twist on a traditional favorite, a live poinsettia in a candy cane pot makes for a fantastic centerpiece. For this easy to make project, all you need is a clean red plastic coffee container, hot glue, a 4-6″ potted poinsettia, and several boxes of candy canes (either stick or crooked shape will work).
1. Unwrap the candy canes.
2. Place a few dabs of hot glue on the top, bottom, and middle of the back of the candy cane; attach it to the container vertically (crooks must face outward).
3. Repeat with the remaining candy canes, making sure that they are pressed together as closely as possible.
4. Drop the potted poinsettia directly in the container.
For other budget friendly ideas for decorating your holiday dinner table, check out
“Cheap and easy gold Christmas centerpieces to make” by C. Jeanne Heida.