When the season changes I get all excited about changing my tablescape – and with Easter around the corner, my mind is racing with centerpieces and color palettes. The problem is that switching out your seasonal decor and table settings can add up very quickly and essentially kill your monthly budget!
I’ve gotten into trouble in the past by blowing our budget too many times on decor that just keeps changing. I spent way too much money on target runs and essentially let shopping be my hobby. It wasn’t until I set a monthly budget for decor and started saving for staple pieces that I could layer into “new looks” that I finally felt the freedom to be creative in my home without the guilt.
Creating my Easter tablescape maybe cost me about $20. Essentially I had all the other pieces to create the look saved from over the years and I just needed to add a few specific details to pull the look together.
To add dimension and depth to my tablescape, I layered different colors and textures to capture the look I was going for. Which for me was a rustic-farmhouse tablescape with a little boho flair. I used a pin-striped farmhouse table runner with faux eucalyptus garland layered on top. I bought the table runner on Etsy a while ago and I’ve been using the faux garland for months now as well. These are such versatile pieces that can be layered to fit into any seasonal decor.
I love mason jars! They’re my favorite little kept secret. I use them as vases (like above) or even as drinking glasses! They fit in perfectly with the farmhouse theme I am going for and the best part of all is that they are so inexpensive! I also love to go thrift store shopping and pick up missed matched glasses whenever I see some unique ones I love. It adds another dimension to my table by adding in textured glass and creates an eclectic look that is charming. I added some inexpensive flowers from my local florist..(ps. Check out your grocery stores floral department! They generally have the same assortment for a fraction of the price!)
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again… I love to thrift shop – but this can be just as dangerous as blowing your money at Target. It’s easy to buy things just because they are cheap. I have to ask myself these two specific question… “Would I buy this if it were new and wasn’t a fraction of the price?” AND – “How am I going to use this?” If I can answer those questions honestly then I’ll pickup the item. I like to shop for staples in thrift stores…stuff I know I’ll use over and over again. I love white dishes. So If I see a stack in good shape – I’ll grab them! I’ve been married for almost 14 years now and still use the set I was given. They were thrifted then and I’ve added to the number over the years. They aren’t exactly all identical – but I Love the pattern of them all in use.
Now for the fun part – Crafting!
So I needed a few Easter touches for my tablescape that I didn’t already have. So I set a budget for $20 and set out to come up with Easter Specific decorations that didn’t look too cheesy. I knew I needed to get crafty with my smaller budget. I opted for a few stamps and some chalk paint. I knew I could come up with something Eastery with these few things. I wanted some bunnies for the table but wanted a pottery barn feel to them… of course without the price tag. So I bought some dollar store bunnies and painted them with 2 coats of white chalk paint. I also needed something to layer on top of my napkins so I opted for brown notecards with plant stamps and stamped out happy Easter.
My friends at Just Joy Shop sent me this gorgeous brown tin speckled tray and oval cups and as soon as I saw it I thought SUCCULENTS! I had a few extra dollars in my $20 budget and picked up a few succulents at my local greenhouse – although Home Depot sells them for a few dollars a piece as well.
A touch of green goes a long way – It brought an earthy tone to my centerpiece and really helped to add to my boho flair. I tied it in with a couple bottles of S.Pelleorino sparkling water and voila! Done!
Decorating on a budget is totally doable. It requires self-control, planning, and a little DIY. Once you get the hang of shopping for staple pieces, creating different looks gets easier and easier. I was able to create this Easter tablescape for less than $20 and it will easily transition into a Spring tablescape.