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The Palette: Crisp and classic—a blue-and-white color scheme sets the tone for this table, which is layered with rich autumnal shades and textures. The monogrammed silver goblets and flatware give a timeless touch to the overall look. The Linens: Accentuate an attractive wood surface with layers. Inspired by the palette, we made a runner using fabric from a crafts store. DIY TIP: Buy enough fabric so the runner will extend about 12 inches beyond both ends of your table.The Setup Style: If your hosting philosophy is "the more, the merrier," your generous spirit will be grateful for the extra inches. A long table accommodates a crowd and can be dressed up with formal china, family heirlooms, and your best silver.The Centerpiece: Setting a long table is a balancing act: The arrangement should run the length of the surface. For this twist on the traditional cornucopia, we chose a collection of fresh fall veggies, fruits, flowers, and foliage. 
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Southern folk are entertainers by nature. Before we ever experienced our first sip of sweet tea, Mama was planning for upcoming birthday celebrations, holiday parties, and family festivities. Below the Mason Dixon, a full house is a happy house, and life often centers on the next social event. Of course, no party is complete without the proper décor, especially around the holidays. Thanksgiving and Christmas are excellent excuses to deck the halls of our Southern homes, and what better way to do that than relying on the striking and natural beauty of holiday flowers?

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Bodacious blossoms make their way onto our fireplace mantel, front door, bedside nightstand, and most importantly – the Thanksgiving tablescape. Holiday flower arrangements add a bit of interest to the annual feast-filled celebration, and the boosted décor instantly creates an elegant meal and opportunities for emphasized family photography. You can't go wrong with your choice of Thanksgiving flowers in the center of the table, right? Wrong.

Red roses, chrysanthemum, sunflowers, goldenrod, and yellow daisies usually make an appearance on the Thanksgiving table, but there's one type of flower you should certainly keep outside – the stargazer lily. Known for its prominent crimson color, charmingly specked petals, and highlighted white edging, at first glance, the stargazer lily seems like an outstanding addition to your holiday table embellishments, with one exception… the overwhelming floral scent.

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Because the stargazer lily is so heavily fragrant, placing it next to Thanksgiving food could be unfortunate. Nobody wants to eat their baked turkey, collard greens, and cornbread with a side of overly poignant and flowery aroma. It would be similar to gobbling a perfume-flavored appetizer. Yuck. Save this little beauty for front porch containers and garden gazing. If lilies are your favorite flowers and you simply can't go without them, have no fear! Opt for an Asiatic lily; the blossoms come in a range of colors and they're exceptionally odorless. Happy decorating!