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11/19/2013 05:56 pm ET Updated Jan 25, 2014

10 Tips for Decorating and Setting Your Thanksgiving Table

Make your meal a memorable--and stylish--one by checking out these clever ideas for how to set your table for Thanksgiving.

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1. Bring the outdoors in. Take a stroll around your yard, gathering items from nature that will set an autumnal scene: Branch clippings, fall leaves, pine cones, and acorns are some charming finds.
2. Play with elevation. A flat tablescape can look one-note, so rely on footed serving dishes and dessert stands to add some height and clear a little space below them for shorter items.
3. When in doubt, go with white. Let your scrumptious food be the star by selecting white platters, plates, and bowls. Bonus: You probably already have a bunch of these staples in your cabinets.

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4. Score inexpensive table linens. At $2 or $3 a yard, burlap is one of the cheapest fabrics available and plays nicely with a rustic-chic vibe. Get great bang for your buck by trying it as a table runner.
5. Keep candles small. Every host knows candles are a go-to when you want to create a cozy ambiance. Long tapers and substantial pillars are elegant, but compete with taller floral arrangements and can give off a surprising amount of heat. Stick with more petite votives in cute holders for a simpler effect.
6. Layer your plates. Chargers may seem like an unnecessarily luxury, but they go a long way toward setting a table for special occasions. Pick up a versatile set in silver and gold, and use them for an infinite number of events to come.

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7. Mix (don't match) colors. Instead of sticking to one hue, it's much more dynamic to layer in an entire palette of yellows, reds, oranges, and browns.
8. Pre-bundle your silverware. Here's a task you can do days in advance: Wrap your flatware with napkins and secure with a piece of twine. Place each set on a plate or keep it casual by gathering them in a basket.
9. Let guests help themselves to drinks. Keep a couple carafes of water and wine on the table for easy refills.
10. Double-up on serveware. Passing a piping hot dish is less precarious when it's set upon another platter or board. This also helps keep serving utensils married to their intended dishes.

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