Now that we have our own home, I am obsessed with finding unique and affordable ways to elevate the average dinner party. I’ve partnered with Seventh Generation to demonstrate how to achieve a beautiful holiday table, with sparkling clean dishes, on a budget! For this tablescape, I had to get real creative as I aimed to keep everything under $20, and I did just that!
What you need!
1 bunch of cedar and pine stems - $2.99
I picked mine up at my local market, but you can snag some off of a tree if that’s an option for you!
1 bag of pinecones - $3.99
These also came from the market, but again, check outside and see what you can find!
1 bouquet of baby’s breath - $2.99
Tea light candles - $3.00
1 Yard of Linen fabric - $4
Basic Table Runner
Seventh Generation Free & Clear Dish Liquid (insert link)
How to put it all together!
All about that base:
I always begin setting my table with the base. In this case, I used a macrame table runner that I had on hand to add some texture and give it that boho feel that I love! If you don’t have one of these, I also love the look of “crushed tulle” that you can pick up at your local fabric shop for around $5. I would go with a neutral color so that it won’t take away the attention from the rest of the decor.
Layers, layers, and more layers! This part is always the most fun for me because I am able to be creative and try new things! I began by cutting the cedar and pine branches into smaller pieces so that they were easier to move around and build on top of one another. Once those were in place, I did the same with the Baby’s Breath and placed individual stems on top of the branches. I topped it off with a few pine cones and tealight candles to bring it all together.
Give it some height! (optional)
The table was gorgeous as it was, but I had some little Christmas trees and taper candles laying around the house that I placed on top of the cedar and pine stems to give the table some height and more dimension.
Set the table!
I cut my linen fabric into rectangles and folded them up - if you are familiar with sewing you can hem the edges, but personally, I love the rustic raw edge on them. Using real dishes and silverware is the best and easiest way to elevate your tablescape. Unfortunately, what comes with that is having tons of dirty dishes to wash after the party is over! Keeping some Seventh Generation Free & Clear Dish Liquid on hand will make your life so much easier by cutting through the grease stains and leftover food with ease, and leaving your dishes shining!
Once the table is set, it’s time to light the candles and spend time with the ones you love! Everyone will appreciate the attention to the small details you put into making the evening special and your wallets will thank you for staying under budget!