A lot of people stress out about setting a table for Thanksgiving and I get a lot of questions about how to set a unique table without breaking the bank. BURLAP. I love taking burlap from the local garden supply store (about $1 per yard) and using it as a textural and inexpensive tablecloth. It’s simple and unexpected, but it will be welcomed by friends and family as a refreshing change from the usual cloth. My ‘stylist’ secret to making a burlap cloth work is to mix in high and low tableware. Here I’ve mixed in simple wood salt cellars and linen napkins with high gloss black goblets, shiny mercury votives, rustic black clay deep dishes and horn handled flatware. You don’t have to spend a lot of money on a centerpiece for thanksgiving either. I find that there are so many serving dishes for Thanksgiving dinner that a centerpiece often gets in the way or pushed to a side table. Why not keep things simple? Just placing votives down the table provides ambiance and beauty. Don’t forget, your dishes- like green beans, greens, stuffing, sweet potatoes… these will all add some color and exuberance to your table so don’t worry about keeping your table decor neutral. Remember it provides a backdrop for your wonderful recipes when dinner is served.