Planning Thanksgiving is overwhelming...period. This year for my side of the family my husband and I are hosting Thanksgiving dinner. Since it is a fairly small affair we decided to use "formal dining ware". I decided that I wanted plain white plates so for any event that called for formal dining ware in the future we had something neutral. But white plates not so cheap I found out. I really didn't want to spend a fortune just on plates. I thought to myself, "you are in trouble." But then my genius, frugal mind kicked in and I figured out a way I could create an entire table setting for cheap. Plates, charges, cloth napkins, center piece/candles and glassware I did it! I took notice in what I had and I only needed to buy the plates and chargers. I broke it down piece by piece and grand total is around $52. Below are pictures of my set up. Keep in mind that all the food will be on a separate table. I made it simple and easy.
|Brown and gold warm up the setting.|
|The gold chargers bring out candle light to the table.|
|These are very versatile for any beverage.|
Check out your dollar store when buying things like this. No it's not your Grandmother's china
but if you are not going to use it all the time then consider a cheaper alternative.
* Napkins pack of 6 for $9.99. I bought mine at World Market a while back. They have about every color and they hold up well.
* Glassware-Stemless wine glasses pack of 4 for $9.99 at Walmart. I already had these as well but still for the cost of 8 for $20 you can't beat that. I love these for water glasses.
* Votive candle holders $1 each
* Table runner $1
* Decorative corn 3 for $5 and twig pumpkin $1
This setting isn't over the top but I think keeping it simple makes it more relaxing. Be creative and use what you have. The only things I didn't have were the plates and chargers but I wanted to show how simple it could be to put something together with "formal dinner ware". Hope this inspires you.