Here is my inspiration...
Lucky for me, my mom had tons of wonderful things for us to play with and use. Thus, we were able to pull together this look on a budget. Below is a breakdown of the total cost of things that we purchased, otherwise all things came from Mom and Dad's personal goodies.
Orange napkins for a pop of color. Cost - $14
Pear placecards were christmas ornaments I purchased, cut off the string and added a leaf name tag. Cost - $6
Gold craft pumpkin that Mom cut a hole in for flowers. Cost - $5
Orange and blue flowers. Cost - $15
All in all, we created this gorgeous table top for only $40. Proof that you can create beauty on a budget!
One element that I personally loved was the use of my parent's tarnished silver pieces. I didn't want them polished because I didn't want bright silver on the table...the tarnished look created this gold-ish color that I loved. My Dad nearly had a heart attack when I told him I didn't want them polished...but I loved the effortless and antique feeling it added to the table. (see the gravy boat tray for an example)
I hope you all had fun creating your own special table tops for Thanksgiving, I'd love to see how they turned out! Maybe we'll do it again for Christmas...want to?