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101 IDEAS: Getting ready for the holidays with these tips

By Home & Garden Television Published: November 17, 2012 11:48 AM

Instead of one large centerpiece for the Thanksgiving table, which has to be moved when the turkey arrives anyway, sprinkle the center of your table with votive candles and gourds. Complete the look with a mini-pumpkin on top of each plate.

Once Thanksgiving is past, add autumnal elegance to your dining-room table with a simple basket or bowl full of gourds. Available at most grocery stores, these mini-squashes come in several shades of orange, yellow, red and green. Mix and match or choose a monochromatic scheme for an even more sophisticated look.

George Washington wasnt just the first president elected- he also started Thanksgiving by calling for a national day of thanksgiving in 1789. And it was President Abraham Lincoln who officially declared Thanksgiving a national holiday.

Mix and match metallic looks with natural elements like fall branches or fresh fruit, says HGTV designer Erinn Valencich. Metallics add a great modern touch to a fall tablescape. Deep copper and bright bronze are lovely additions to a traditional table.

Fireplaces are the ultimate form of cozy fall comfort. No fireplace at your place?

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Get the same glow by assembling a large collection of candles, or adding small votive candles to windowsills.

Give your foyer style and personality. Add a mirror and several small baskets to collect keys, mail or shoes that are often dropped when your family walks in the door.

Just in time for holiday travel, not to mention rough weather, take the car in for an oil change and new wipers, and have the tires checked, too.

Any questionable noises, knocks or shakes should be looked into now.

Distributed by Scripps Howard News Service

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