My mom has taught me a lot of things about making a home festive and welcoming for the holidays. One of the most important lessons is that it can be done on a budget! Y’all have probably already heard me mention my frugal ways in previous posts and I am going to back up all that talk today by demonstrating three ways to make a beautiful tablescape without spending a lot. I find that Thanksgiving decor is usually more earth-toned whereas Christmas decor segues into the sparkle and metallic colors of New Year’s because who has time to completely revamp their home in those few days between the two?? Not me! Hopefully, this budget holiday table styling guide serves as inspo for your decor. The example tablescapes below showcase a bit of it all–earth tones, sparkle, and traditional Christmas colors.

Rustic: Copper, Woodsy & Natural

recycled glass cups stacked and filled with gold paper straws next to a faux sapling tree

Dash of Jazz pouring apple cider punch into glasses

pouring apple cider punch into glass

glasses of apple cider punch on table

fresh grapefruit on wooden pedestal

rustic Christmas tablescape

Wooden Pedestal: Marshalls, similar | Recycled Glass Cups: Marshalls, similar | Straws (sold out): similarsimilar | Placemat (sold out): similar | Candles: Bath and Body Works | Candle Holders (old): similar | Mini Trees (old): similar | Pitcher: Amazon

The copper tones, burlap, fresh fruit, and recycled glass cups are the highlights of this rustic tablescape. Another lesson from my mom is to keep decor fresh year round. She usually had autumn apples and winter citrus in the middle of our tables growing up. We have an overflowing grapefruit tree in the backyard now, so I opted to use lots of them in this rustic tablescape. You can also use gourds, fresh herbs, etc. (In an upcoming post, I’ll share how to make an impressive fruit centerpiece that functions as an appetizer and décor piece in one!) The pieces to create this setup came out to under $50.

Tip: Even if everyone isn’t sitting down to dinner, you can still set up a nice vignette and use your table as a buffet or serving line. Stack plates and place utensils in a jar or caddy.

Classic: Red, Green & Gold
adding white taper candle to faux sapling

lighting red taper candle

Christmas table place setting with candy cane, mini gold ornament, and faux sapling on plate

Christmas table place setting

mini gold ornaments on table

overhead view of classic Christmas tablescape

lit taper candles on Christmas table

Chargers, Ornaments, Candles & Holders: Dollar Tree | Plates: Marshalls, similar | Mini Trees (old): similar | Placemats (sold out): similar

I used tapered candles and a red, white, green, and gold color scheme for this classic tablescape. All of the elements were extremely affordable–the total for this whole setup is less than $25! The greenery here (and in each tablescape) comes from these cute mini, artificial trees I found during Walmart’s after-Christmas clearance last year. Did I mention I am the queen of after-holiday bargain shopping?! I linked similar ones.

Tip: Use neutral colors that work well year round as your foundation. This saves you money and time. I got the placemats from the rustic and classic tablescapes for half off at Target after Halloween and they work well for many different occasions.

Glam: Plush, Metallic & Warm

Dash of Jazz holding lit candle

     lit three-wick candle on fur table runner

glam holiday tablescape

picking up champagne cocktail glass

glam Christmas centerpiece

silver and gold Christmas centerpiece

glamorous holiday tablescape

Faux Fur Table-runner: Marshalls, similar | Champagne Cocktail Glasses: Ross, similar | Mini Trees (old): similar | Carafe: Amazon | Gift Boxes & Ornaments: Dollar Tree | Candles (sold out online): also love this scent

This one was my favorite to create! I just love using this faux fur table-runner, which was another after-Christmas sale find, and it was the perfect addition to create a plush and glamorous-looking table. Large candles (in one of my favorite holiday scents), glittery ornaments, metallic colors, and chic champagne cocktail glasses rounded out the glam tablescape. The cost of this setup came out to under $60 total.

Tip: If we’ll be eating at the table, I don’t like to add any fragrance to all the aromas that will be coming from the food so I typically opt for unscented or lightly scented candles. If the table is just for decor or serving but not eating, then feel free to use scented candles!

I hope you find some inspiration here and have a joyous holiday season. Which tablescape is your favorite? Thanks for reading!

Signature Dash of Jazz