Preparing for holiday gatherings isn’t just time consuming, it’s expensive. Throw in supply chain shortages, logistic challenges and other COVID-19-related issues and the New York Times says we should brace ourselves for a Thanksgiving that will "wallop the wallet."

So, how can we trim our costs without sacrificing on our designs? Chris Norwood, AIFD, vice president of Tipton & Hurst, is sharing three budget-friendly tips to help create the best Thanksgiving table ever. 

1. Set it and forget it: We can’t beat the elegance of a table set with fine china. But thanks to brands like Hester & Cook and Caspari, we can still wow guests for a fraction of the price — and without the cleanup — by using paper products, from table runners to dinner napkins. 

2. Stuff to save: We can create bountiful and beautiful tables by layering items we have on hand, such as vessels and floral arrangements of different textures and heights. We can even incorporate uncarved pumpkins, pinecones, mums and gourds for seasonal flair and additional savings.

3. Select gourd-geous stems: Fall offers a cornucopia of stunning flowers, such as yellow buttons, cone flowers, chrysanthemums and carnations. Pair these blooms with autumnal staples like kale, berries, lotus pods and cattails for additional height and dimension. Pro tip: Many of these flowers are available individually on Wednesdays as Tipton & Hurst’s "happy hour flowers" or as arrangements in its temperature-controlled coolers.

Hosting Thanksgiving can be stressful, but the budget doesn’t need to be an added burden. We can squash our anxiety by combining affordable paper products, at-home items and bulk or wholesale flowers to impress our guests this holiday season. 

For more fall inspiration, stop by any Tipton & Hurst store, visit their website or follow along on Facebook and Instagram.