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29 Cheap (But Expensive-Looking) Things for the Thanksgiving Table

You might need some things that aren’t from Party City.

Godinger Dublin Tasters Trifle Set
Godinger

Thanksgiving, a time to eat our feelings and fight with cousins from Wisconsin, is about to be upon us. If you’re hosting people, you’re going to need some things — and maybe some things that aren’t from Party City. Here, the napkinssalad plates, and marbled table runners that will make your Citarella-bought stuffing a little more presentable. (And for some more ideas for tackling Thanksgiving prep, click here.)

For setting the mood

Normann Copenhagen Heima Black Modern Candle Holder
Normann Copenhagen

Normann Copenhagen Heima Black Modern Candle Holder

A minimalist candleholder to bring a touch of Scandinavian style to your table.

Laugh Cat Gold Metal 7 Arm Candlestick Holder
Laugh Cat

Laugh Cat Gold Metal 7 Arm Candlestick Holder

If you’re decorating a bigger table, this sleek gold option with seven arms will surely add some warmth to your setup.

Nest Fragrances Hearth Scented Candle
Nest Fragrances

Nest Fragrances Hearth Scented Candle

This Nest Hearth candle will instantly cozy up the place. The Cut’s former senior beauty editor Ashley Weatherford, who’s now at Into the Gloss, described it as smelling “like there’s a fire quietly burning in the fireplace across the room.”

Balsam Sticks and Holder
Paine Products

Balsam Sticks and Holder

Or go the cabin–in–New England route with these incense sticks made by an 88-year-old company from Maine.

For setting the table

Gold Marbled Table Runner Paper
Hester and Cook

Gold Marbled Table Runner Paper

You don’t have to worry about getting gravy on this elegant marbled-paper table runner.

Wedgwood 5 Piece Polished Place Setting
Wedgwood

Wedgwood 5 Piece Polished Place Setting

Polished gold flatware: always a nice touch.

Umbra Fanfare Silicone Trivet
Umbra

Umbra Fanfare Silicone Trivet

A modern trivet with some MoMA Design Store vibes.

Spode Blue Room Georgian Plates
Spode

Spode Blue Room Georgian Plates, Set of 6

These salad plates are a little mumsy — but in the best way.

Crow Canyon Home Enamelware Dinner Plate
Creative Co-Op

Crow Canyon Home Enamelware Dinner Plate

If you’re looking for dinner plates, these square ones in a seasonally appropriate mustard have just the right amount of ’70s-revival flair.

Dansk Fruit Bowl
Dansk

Dansk Fruit Bowl

A simple porcelain bowl with blue trim would make a lovely vessel for cranberry sauce (it kind of goes with those salad plates in a not-too-matchy way).

Dansk Kobenstyle Light Yellow Casserole
Dansk

Dansk Kobenstyle Light Yellow Casserole

Think of how nice your string beans will look in this cheery yellow casserole dish.

Crow Canyon Home Enamelware Oval Platter
Crow Canyon Home

Crow Canyon Home Enamelware Oval Platter

Enamelware looks good year round, but there’s something particularly autumnal about it, too — all the better for presenting your Thanksgiving turkey.

John Boos RA — Cutting Board, 24 x 18 x 2.25 Inches
John Boos

John Boos RA — Cutting Board, 24 x 18 x 2.25 Inches — Cherry

A handsome cutting board that’s perfect for serving cheese and crackers or carving turkey (Boos is a favorite home-goods brand of our Resident Cool Guy Chris Black).

French Home 2 Piece Laguiole Carving Set
French Home

French Home 2 Piece Laguiole Carving Set

A carving set elegant enough to leave out on the table.

Riedel O Wine Tumbler
Riedel

Riedel O Wine Tumbler, Set of 4

You can’t go wrong with some stemless Riedels.

Le Creuset Stoneware 12-Ounce Gravy Boat
Le Creuset

Le Creuset Stoneware 12-Ounce Gravy Boat

A gravy boat makes a good “starter Le Creuset” piece; this one comes in the most pleasing shade of palm.

Le Creuset Stoneware 16" Oval Serving Platter
Le Creuset

Le Creuset Stoneware 16” Oval Serving Platter

Another not prohibitively expensive piece from Le Creuset, it’s the kind of serving platter you’ll use on Thanksgiving — and every other fall and winter holiday — for years to come.

Rosso Glass Hobnail Pattern Butterdish
Rosso Glass

Rosso Glass Hobnail Pattern Butterdish

This lovely jadeite butter dish has an old-fashioned feel, but will be more fun to look at than your great-great-aunt’s old porcelain one.

LA Linen 18 by 18-Inch Napkins
LA Linen

LA Linen 18 by 18-Inch Napkins

A pack of ten gingham cotton napkins will gussy up the table.

GLAMBURG Vintage Stripe Premium Cotton Kitchen Dish Towels
Glamburg

GLAMBURG Vintage Stripe Premium Cotton Kitchen Dish Towels

If you’re not into gingham, this set of rustic, striped dish towels could double as napkins if you’re going for a cozy farmhouse aesthetic.

Toile French Country Dish Towel
India Overseas

Toile French Country Dish Towel

And some toile dish towels, if you’re going for a cozy French farmhouse aesthetic.

Caspari Tulip Dance Cocktail Napkins
Caspari

Caspari Tulip Dance Cocktail Napkins - Pack of 20

If you’re looking for stylish napkins that are easier to clean up, take it from Strategist senior editor Anthony Rotunno, who recently wrote about the “museum-quality” napkins from Caspari that he found at Wegman’s. (For something more minimal, we also recommend Tonne Goodman’s favorite cocktail napkins.)

Caspari Turkey and Acorns Luncheon Napkins in Gold
Caspari

Caspari Turkey and Acorns Luncheon Napkins in Gold - Pack of 20

If you prefer a set of disposable napkins that’s more obviously on theme.

Mind Reader GLDM Stainless Steel Decorative Holder
Mind Reader

Mind Reader GLDM Stainless Steel Decorative Holder

A minimalist napkin holder to go with your maximalist cocktail napkins.

For dessert

Mosser Glass Cake Stand
Mosser Glass

Mosser Glass Cake Stand

Your apple pie will look like a million bucks on this milk-glass pie stand.

J.C. and Rollie Large Ivory Cake Stand
J.C. and Rollie

J.C. and Rollie Large Ivory Cake Stand

If pink’s not your color, a simple ivory stand will let your carefully crafted (or beautiful store-bought) pie take the spotlight.

MacKenzie-Childs Stainless Steel Round
MacKenzie-Childs

MacKenzie-Childs Stainless Steel Round, Food Serving Platter

Mackenzie-Childs is known for its inventory of eclectic home goods; this checked platter brings something playful to your tablescape.

La Rochere Napoleon Bee Ice Cream Dishes
La Rochere

La Rochere Napoleon Bee Ice Cream Dishes

Some chic French ice-cream dishes that will perfectly complement dessert plates filled with pie.

Godinger Dublin Tasters Trifle Set
Godinger

Godinger Dublin Tasters Trifle Set

Should you prefer to serve your ice cream in something more old-timey.