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  1. Add Gourds: Instead of a traditional runner, use gourds in varying shapes and colors. As T-Swift would say, you're so gourd-eous.
  2. Mini Pumpkins: Transitioning your table from summer to fall is literally as easy as adding in a few mini pumpkins. If you want it to feel more elegant, go for white instead of orange.
  3. Keep It Natural: Skip linens altogether and position magnolia leaves down the middle of your holiday table. The thick foliage creates a rustic runner.
  4. Decorate With Metallics: Opposites work together if you have the right proportions. Use cutlery and candlesticks in different finishes for a perfectly mismatched look.
  5. Make It Romantic: This jewel-toned table incorporates burgundy, brass, and lots of fruit. Set each place with a fresh flower for a feminine touch.
  6. Color Coordinate: It seems obvious, but it needs to be said: Match your decorations to your china. It keeps your table looking cohesive.
  7. Go Formal The holidays only roll around once a year, so bring out your favorite napkins and tablecloths that you don't use on the regs. Using colorful linens as opposed to white also makes it feel more celebratory.
  8. Stay Relaxed: Make sure your table that doesn't feel too perfect. You can relax because it feels relaxed.
  9. Add A Personal Touch: Don't limit flowers to the middle of the table. Give each guest their own arrangement — they'll love it, and your table will look fuller.
  10. Go Glossy: Add shimmer to your fall tablescape. Drape a gold mesh runner down the center to create a waterfall effect.
  11. Stay By The Fire: Dining doesn't have to be confined to the dining room or kitchen. A fireside meal is intimate and inviting.
  12. Bold & Bright: You can be neutral the rest of the year, but the holidays are a time to go all out. Set your table with colorful plates, linens, and flowers.
  13. Botanical: Incorporate elements from nature in your tablescape. Add succulents with cut flowers so it's more like a landscape on the table.
  14. Go Untraditional: The classic color combo of blue and white creates a fresh feel for fall. Autumnal colors pop against a blue and white tablecloth.
  15. Have A Buffet: A sit down dinner can feel formal and stuffy. For a more relaxed meal, set up a buffet for your guests.