Remember having dinner parties? or at least inviting family over for dinner? It feels like it’s been a really long time since that has happened. I honestly miss having some great conversations over the dinner table. Not that we don’t, but it’s usually a rushed dinner just to start our night routine.
I decided that instead of waiting for Christmas Day, we would invite my parents over for dinner. Of course, I went all out and took advantage of the occasion so I could share our Christmas table decor on the blog.
How to do Christmas Table Decor on a budget
I’ve always believed that you don’t need to spend a ton of money on home decor, especially on table decor. But I do love investing in beautiful dishes for special occasions and that can make any budget decor look expensive.
When I’m decorating anything in our home, I like to start with an inspiration picture. I found a few on Pinterest that I loved, from there I wrote down everything those tables had in common.
- garland (on sale!)
- plates and silverware
- wine glasses
- candlestick holders
- fruit or flowers
- natural placemats
- white table cloth
- table runner
- cloth napkins
The second thing I did was shopped in my own home! I swear I have so much stuff I often forget what we actually own. Also I am working on organizing our seasonal decor which I will write a post about at the end of December.
But before I order anything I head to the thrift shop. It’s my hidden gem where I find most of my antiques and majorly discounted decor pieces. Trust me, if you know what to look for there are often some amazing things.
Making the most of what you have
I like giving myself a budget especially since this is my job and I wouldn’t be able to afford it if I didn’t. But in this case I started with $80 and I wanted to get things I could re-use for years to come. Which usually means buying quality items at a much higher cost.
But in this case, I am re-using the garland I purchased at Michael’s instead of purchasing two. So to give the garland a fuller look, I clipped a few branches from some pines outside and stuck them in. You can totally spend a little more time and make a DIY garland, which in my opinion looks way better than store-bought.
I used my grandma’s beautiful plates in this year’s Christmas table decor. I’m always looking for an excuse to bring them out. But I found some pretty great dupes for ours and will link them below.
Other tips for a successful Christmas dinner
Someone asked me what we made for dinner, and if I could share it. We recently worked with Nutrafarms to share their freezer packages. They also sent us a sample pack and omg we were all very impressed. Not only is the meat locally sourced but it’s high quality at a wholesale cost. I’m telling you this because we made steak bites with dipping sauce, bacon wrapped asparagus, fruit plates, wild rice and homemade cookies for desert.
We basically paid for a two-person dinner and it fed five of us. It just goes to show, no matter your budget you can still have a successful Christmas dinner this year.
Shop our Christmas Table Decor
I thought I would make this super easy and give you links to everything I used. Just incase you didn’t want to spend time searching thrift shops, or making your own garland.