frugelegance, By Carol and Randi, the Frugirls

Fall vibes are going strong as we put away the Halloween decorations and get ready for the next big occasion, Thanksgiving. Time to start planning the guest list, the menu, and the Thanksgiving table.
We want to remind you to not overwhelm yourself. It’s those little touches that can make a big impact, especially when it comes to setting the Thanksgiving table. We love the simplicity of things that can be used for little or no added expense. It is the consistent pattern from season to season, and holiday to holiday with us. Overwhelming and over the top is just not our thing. Simple and elegant is how we roll.
Mini pumpkins from our Fall decor are perfect for the table. Place one on each place setting and several throughout the center of the table. If you want to have arranged seating, write names on each pumpkin with a sharpie marker or perhaps you would prefer meaningful words like “Blessed”, “Grateful” and “Thankful”. Pine cones also make wonderful table decor and place card holders. Painted or not, they are naturally beautiful.
We found fabulous Fall paper napkins at the Dollar Tree. Double the napkins (as seen in the picture) and fold around the utensils. Tie with string, ribbon or jute. Top off with a decorative leaf or fresh cut rosemary. The rosemary adds such a wonderful Fall scent to the table. If you want to add a name or holiday message, there are plenty of free printables to choose from online. Simply print, cut and fold or tie on.
At this time of giving thanks, we want to thank The Diablo Gazette for letting us share our FrugElegance Lifestyles with you. And a big “Thank You”, to YOU for bringing us into your home and reading this wonderful community paper. Thank you for trying our decor ideas, our recipes, and all our easy to make projects. We are so grateful. From our tables to yours, we wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.

Carol and Randi, the FruGirls, are local home stagers and decorators. You can also find them blogging about many other ways to live an elegant life for less online at
FrugElegance is where Frugal and Elegance come together.