5 Ways to Get Your Table Ready for the Holidays

Trim your table with a fall-focused spread, no matter if your plans include hosting kids or throwing an elegant celebration.
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Fill glass bottles with grains and spices for a colorful arrangement.

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The food may just be the most-important thing on your Thanksgiving table (next to your family and friends around it, of course). But that doesn't mean you can't dress up the space to make it more seasonal and fit for the feast. Check out these easy, inexpensive ideas and good-to-know tricks to trim your table with a fall-focused spread, no matter if your plans include hosting kids or throwing an elegant celebration.

You know that wine bottle you have left over from the other night? That could be your Thanksgiving centerpiece. Save a few bottles and fill them with grains to create an easy yet impressive display.

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'Tis the season for colorful leaves, so why not put that autumnal beauty to work on your table? Look for small branches and place them in a vase with pinecones for a vibrant centerpiece. If you're not facing leaves aplenty outside, you can pick up the goods at a craft store.

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Let the littlest guests of the party decorate their own places at the table by setting up pieces of kraft paper for them to draw on with a few pencils and markers.

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Opt for traditional harvest colors, like browns, reds and oranges, but switch up the usual fabrics. This burlap will lend a country feel to the table.

See how to create a proper place setting.

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If you're looking forward to a sophisticated soiree this turkey day, find out how to set proper place settings. (Consider this video the ultimate cheat sheet for remembering which fork goes where.)

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