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Here, at The Frugal Housewife, we are starting to think about Christmas. Now I know what you are thinking — Halloween hasn’t happened yet and Thanksgiving is still a month off and Christmas isn’t for a couple of months. So what are you thinking?!
It’s all about the Christmas budget! It is easier for me to stay on budget by buying several things each shopping trip than to wait until the last minute and shop all at once and buy more than I actually need. Plus, by planning ahead and finishing early, the stress of all the planning is gone and I can enjoy the holiday season.
To help you get started early, we thought we’d give you some tips on planning your Christmas tablescape. But first, I need to remind you know that I was compensated for this post. This post also contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.
I have so many wonderful memories of Christmas dinners at my mom’s house. She always set a beautiful Christmas table complete with her good china, silverware and glasses. The kids table was always set with beautiful, kid friendly centerpieces and silverware. However, they got to use the sturdy paper china and red throw-away glasses.
Throughout the years, she shopped the sales and put together her Christmas decorations to the point where all she would have to do was look through what she had and basically just replace any decorations that were looking worn or had got messed up in storage and buy plates and cups for the kids table.
There were several things my mom taught me about setting a beautiful Christmas table. Here are a few of them.
1. A beautiful table doesn’t have to cost a lot to decorate. Use what you already have. Use the greenery from your tree. Use pine cones and nuts. Add some Christmas ornaments and you have a centerpiece. You can find Christmas decorations at Dollar Tree that don’t break the bank.
2. Make a list of what you need and set a budget for how much you want to spend on your Christmas table decorations. By making a list, you can carry it with you when you go shopping and when you purchase it you can cross it off the list. This helps you stay on budget by not purchasing more than what you actually need.
3. Shop the dollar stores. These are the best places to shop when you are on a budget and really even when you are not on a budget. You can find all kinds of things to use on your Christmas table, like these gold rimmed plates and Gold Plastic Charger Plates with Beaded Rims at DollarTree.com. Maybe you need several red wine glasses but don’t want to pay a lot for them. No problem, DollarTree.com has a case of Brand-Name Perception Red Wine Glasses, 20 oz, for $12.00. Don’t need wine glass? You can also find other kinds of quality glassware at DollarTree.com. Plus they make shipping easy. You can either have it shipped to you or you can choose FREE* Shipping When You Choose To Have Your Order Shipped To Your Local Dollar Tree Store For Pickup! *Restrictions may apply.
4. Carefully store your decorations till the next year. Keep all the Christmas decorations stored together or near each other. Wrap the plates and glasses before boxing them up. Label the boxes with the Christmas ornaments. Throw out any greenery from the live tree, pine cones, and nuts that you still have left at the end of the holiday season.
These are just a few of the ideas we have about creating a beautiful Christmas tablescape. I’m sure between now and Christmas we will think of some more and share them with you. We’d love to hear some of your ideas. Leave us a comment!