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Tips for Personalizing Your Holiday Table

Make your guests feel special with these DIY ideas.

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Thanksgiving is just a few days away, and Christmas will be here before we know it. Families and friends will gather to share stories, memories, and an abundance of food. How can you fill these special occasions with personal touches?

Whether you are planning and creating an extravagant holiday dinner or finding the best made-ahead deals from local grocery stores or restaurants, below are a few tips to personalize your holiday table.

Martha Stewart has a cornucopia of ideas that will dress your Thanksgiving table. How do you set those hot dishes down without ruining your dining room table? Corkboard leaf trivets save the day. Painted glass votives and fall foliage candleholders are also inexpensive and elegant ways to bring color to your table. Whole walnuts and pears transform into whimsical place card holders.

HGTV shares 12 Tips for Holiday Entertaining Success. Within the article, Sandra Lee shares practical tips including renting china, glasses and silverware from your local party rental store and replacing candles with battery-powered votives if small children and pets will be at the party. Richfield Michael's and event Dollar Tree are likely to have many of these items.

Are you using cloth napkins for your holiday table but aren’t sure how to best present them? Real Simple has four decorative napkin folding tricks that, of course, are real simple to follow.

Better Homes and Gardens has created a list of Simple Christmas Centerpieces, from sweater-wrapped votives to sugar-coated fruit. Be inspired!

What’s your favorite part of holiday meals? Will your holiday meal be an intimate affair or will your house be bursting at the seams?

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