Set the perfect Thanksgiving table without the big cost

Tips on how you can set up the perfect Thanksgiving dinner table with affordable items
December 4, 2013 2:31:57 PM PST
If you are hosting Thanksgiving dinner or helping someone prepare, we know having a nicely set table is important. But you don't have to spend a fortune to get the designer look we all want that high-end look

So, whether you want real crystal or the look for less, we have something for your budget.

Designers spend hundreds of dollars creating the perfect Thanksgiving table, from capturing the essence of autumn to choosing the perfect china pattern; it's all in the details.

"It's these accessories that take it to the next level," said shopper Jennifer Gomez.

But savvy shoppers like Jennifer know you don't have to break the bank to create the same feel.

"I love the fact that you can make it high end with the low end, and we all know that's the secret that's what all the stars do, right," she said.

The folks over at Tuesday morning in southwest Houston say first things first take inventory of what you already have.

"And then you would base what you needed on how many people you would be entertaining on Thanksgiving."

In southwest Houston, we created a whole table using value pieces from the store.

A set of four gold rimmed dinner plates and matching bowls cost $9.99 per set. Gold chargers are $1.99 each and gold rimmed goblets and flutes are $9.99 or $7.99 depending on the set.

If you are on a tight budget and want to buy one set of something new for your table, the experts says always go for stemware and choose the goblet.

"Because it's the most multi-tasking piece and you can use it for wine or water and also the height will add dimension to your table," said Gomez.

If this is a year you want to make an investment, crystal wine glasses will impress your guests.

Some Waterford crystal wine glasses at Tuesday Morning cost, $99.99 for a pair. Yes, that is still pricey but at Macy's the price tag for just one goblet is $80.

But to really stretch your dollar, we hit the Dollar Store, particularly the 99 Cents Only store. And if you don't think you can create the look for less, think again.

We created a holiday filled table with items from the Dollar Store. Dinner plates, salad plates, chargers and goblets all from the 99 Cents Only store. We even found decorative pumpkins, two for a $1, to add a pop of color. The total cost was $33.

Something else to consider when setting your table, make sure you keep your centerpiece low enough so that you can still converse with your guests sitting across from you.

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