Thrifted Holiday Table Decor

Added by on November 15th, 2011 @ 12:06 pm
We are beyond excited to feature a thrifted holiday table decor post from Caitlin of Wore Out. She shares some great tips on table settings and holiday decor for Thanksgiving – and really, any formal dinner party this time of year. Learn how Caitlin was able to put together a whole set up with items purchased from Goodwill! And be sure to follow Caitlin’s fashion and thrifting adventures on her Facebook page.

The Thrifted Table: DIY Holiday Decor

Hello from the Green Mountains; it’s Caitlin from Wore Out! The air has started to cool off and my favorite time of year is getting closer. I love the holiday season, the chill in the air, warm and welcoming kitchens full of delicious holiday treats; I look forward to it all!

No time of year is more reflective of the spirit behind Goodwill Industries than the holiday season. Goodwill’s mission is to strengthen communities by welcoming and engaging people from all walks of life. No time of the year is better for bringing people together than the holiday season and there is no better place to bring people together than around the table.

Using dishes, linens, glassware and accent pieces from Goodwill, I was able to set a beautiful table on a budget.

Holiday Table 1

I wanted the dishes to reflect the warmth and color of the season so I was excited when I found the set of four large moss green plates, and at .99 cents each they were a steal. The mustard soup bowls, originally from Pier 1, were also .99 cents each and perfect for hearty winter stews and soups! I couldn’t four matching glasses that I really liked so I mixed two tumblers with golden leaves (.49 cents each) with two smaller wine glasses with gold striping that were only .89 cents apiece.

(Dishes and glasses: $10.68)

Holiday Table 2

Every holiday table, whether it be a coffee table or a dining room table, needs a centerpiece. Since my desk holiday table felt a little cramped I offset the centerpiece and shifted the place settings to create more elbow room. For the center piece I used a golden tray that I thrifted for .99 cents, pieces from a set of fake harvest fruits I found in the holiday decorating section at Goodwill for $1.99, and a plastic dish shaped like a bunch of grapes that was $2. I continued design elements from the centerpiece into the space behind the table in an effort to make the space feel larger.

(Centerpiece $17.93)

Holiday Table 3

Holiday Table 4

I had a lot of fun collecting pieces for this holiday table centerpiece. I got the candles for .99 cents and $1.99 from the Christmas Tree Shop (that place is heaven for impulse shoppers like myself!) I also bought the large glass I used for my DIY golden accent hurricane for $3.99 and both orange glasses for $2.99 that I placed on the windowsill. I choose these glasses because they’re deep so the flame is relatively covered and the orange color of the glass gives off a warm glow.

Holiday Table 5

Holiday Table 6

The base of my table is a faux lace plastic tablecloth that I picked up at the Christmas Tree Shop for $1. The taupe napkins with the floral embroidery were .50 cents each at Goodwill.

(Table Linens $3)

Holiday Table 7

I was able to pull everything you see here together for under $32. I pulled a lot of these items together from things that I’d previously thrifted or purchased so you could easily recreate this same look using the dishes, accent pieces and linens you already have.

I would love to see photos of your holiday tables and hear about the holiday traditions that bring your family and community closer! Share them with me here and on my Facebook page!

Ken Christian
Senior Director, Communications
Goodwill Administrative Office

Updated 3 months ago by Calvin Gilbert

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Caitlin Pierce lives in Burlington, Vermont and writes the life and style blog Wore Out. When she’s not blogging Caitlin can be found thrifting, exploring her adopted home state of Vermont, enjoying a glass of wine with friends or relaxing at home with her cat Gus.