7 Simple, Inexpensive (But Elegantly Impressive) Table Ideas

I like my tableware as I like my bedding — white, white and more white. But I can admit that sometimes I want to change the pace and add some color. Here are some simple ways to punch up an all white table and they all deliver a lot of bang for very little buck.

  • Ribbons: Whether culled from that stash you've been saving, improvised from the remnant bin at the fabric store or picked up at the drugstore the next time you pop in for some throat lozenges, ribbons, simply crisscrossed across and up and down a table are an easy and festive way to bring color to your table.
  • Linen Runner: Lately, we've been loving rustic and sleek together. A length of burlap or linen is a great way to bring this look to your holiday table. Simply lay it down the length of a wooden table. Scatter a few simple vases (try distributing a single bouquet, stems cut short, among a mismatched set of glasses) down the length of the table.
  • Candles and Mirrors: Unless there are a lot of curious toddlers at your table, candles are always welcome. Votives or pillars clustered on a mirror double their wattage and make everyone look beautiful.
  • DIY Vases: Turn a bunch of mismatched vases into a striking centerpiece with a little spray paint and this DIY project from Style Me Pretty.
  • Leaves: Leaves, of course, are traditional for Thanksgiving. Often they're simply scattered around the table but that can get messy very quickly. Using a little cellophane gives them a bit more drama. Click here to find out more.
  • Fruit Placecards: Fruit makes for beautiful, simple but arresting place cards. For more simple and inexpensive ideas, click here
  • Decor by Mother Nature: Along with flowers, consider fruit and vegetables. Shallow bowls of kumquats, persimmons and oranges are not only attractive but edible. Gourds, squash and pumpkins are all traditional; we like the look of a row of small pumpkins marching down the center of the table. Dusky pears and bright apples can be piled in bowls or grouped around candlesticks. Spill pinecones and nuts down your table. Provide nutcrackers for impatient guests!

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