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

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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 napkins, salad 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

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

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

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.”

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

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

A modern trivet with some MoMA Design Store vibes.

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

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

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).

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