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OK, you've been voted to host Thanksgiving . . . now what? Breathe, set the table, and get ready to impress. To start, consider any one of these five table-setting ideas that are 100 percent doable. Try going glam (without going over the top) with metallics, or take it outdoors (weather permitting!). Keep the details in mind and an eye on what's cooking, and you'll have an unforgettable holiday meal!

1. Go Glam With Metallics

For a table that is glamorous — without being tacky — take note from the above. Start with a centerpiece that mixes and matches metallic candlestick holders (you can make your own using spray paint). Then, consider dinnerware that has a hint of metallic, like these copper-rimmed dishes. Finally, painted metallic pumpkins displayed in clear dessert bowls add a picture-perfect touch.

2. Stick With Simplicity

This year, keep it simple. For the place setting, pair white dishes with organic linen napkins and minimal glassware. Create visual excitement by switching out a traditional fabric runner for a magnolia-leaf garland. Top off each plate with a single magnolia flower. Basic white candles add a subtle ambiance.

3. Keep It Casual

Although Thanksgiving only happens once a year, it's OK to keep it casual. In fact, the above inspiration is perfect for a Friendsgiving! To achieve this look, make the most of the outdoors. Hang string lights and use seasonal flowers to create an effortless runner. As for the seating? Don't worry about it. Ask friends to bring pillows and blankets for a picnic vibe. For easy cleanup, use chic, disposable bamboo plates. If the weather is not permitting, a similar atmosphere can be styled indoors . . . just use a coffee table and pillows!

Keep reading for more tablescape ideas!

4. Keep It Classic

Sometimes keeping it classic just makes sense. This tablescape does everything right, from the linens to the flowers. Use a coral tablecloth for pattern, and keep with the holiday by using turkey accents and pinecone candlesticks. Orange florals burst with color and feathered napkin rings add texture.

5. Make Your Centerpiece

For the a centerpiece that brings the outdoors in, fill hollowed-out squashes with flowers (a complete gourd-vase tutorial can be found here!). Keep the color palette seasonal with greens, browns, and yellows.

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