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How to be a creative host or hostess this Thanksgiving

Use curtains in fall colors to create the perfect atmosphere this Thanksgiving.

Use curtains in fall colors to create the perfect atmosphere this Thanksgiving.

It's never too early to start planning your Thanksgiving feast and corresponding holiday décor. Do you want to be the "hostess with the mostess" without breaking the bank? Take a look at these decorating ideas and DIY crafts ideal for sprucing up your home and dinner table for Thanksgiving.

  • Begin with color: "First comes the theme, the vibe and the colors," Gina Sims, photo stylist, told Houzz.com. "Then the items that will make the biggest impact." Think about what mood you want to exude this holiday, whether it be homey or sophisticated, and tailor your color palette and accessories to match. During the fall holiday, it's appropriate to stick with darker hues like burgundy or brown and even introduce gold metallic to your decorating scheme. Be sure that your dinning room curtains and window décor from Half Price Drapes match your overall ambiance.
  • Create name tags: Name tags are easy to create and can give your dinner table an added touch of class. Simply use card stock and string to design stylish tags that you can attach to napkins or favors at your Thanksgiving table.
  • Give your home the "restaurant effect": Do you ever notice that when dining at an upscale restaurant you're served water from an elegant pitcher? Plastic pitchers can appear way too casual for Thanksgiving dinner, but that doesn't mean you have to spend a lot of money on glass or crystal options. Instead, clean recycled wine bottles and use them to hold drinking water. This trick is sure to make your dinner appear fancy and luxurious.