Whether you’re hosting Thanksgiving dinner, or a just a fall dinner party with friends, setting that table can be simple and affordable. Using what you have plus a few purchased items, you can get this look with very little effort!

My inspiration for this tablescape started with a bowl of kale. Not for the menu, but for the centerpiece! I was driving by Wal-Mart a few days ago and spotted some ornamental cabbages for only $2.50 per pot, so I brought home 3 pots of kale and got to work.

To create a centerpiece, I just dropped the 3 pots into a large pedestal bowl, then filled in the gaps with cuttings from my laurel bushes. Don’t forget, if you have bushes or trees, you have free greenery!

A little water in the bottom of the bowl keeps the greenery looking fresh. And the kale will keep for weeks with proper care and watering!

Add a few small pumpkins on the table for a little more color, and the centerpiece is done!

I paired my gold-rimmed plates with my colorful thrift store Johnson Brothers bowls I scored last fall.

And a little twine tied around a napkin became a nice napkin ring. A miniature pine cone on top makes a great place card!

So, make up the guest list and get the table set! All you need now is a menu! Try some of these ideas to get you started…

Easy Butternut Squash Ravioli

Butternut Squash Soup

Copycat Chick Fil A Chicken Tortilla Soup

Copycat Carrabba’s Minestrone Soup