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As much as I can’t stop thinking about that gorgeous Thanksgiving spread in nine days, it’s true that no table is complete without stunning place settings. So make your table extra memorable this year with personalized, hand-painted plates and an antique-inspired framed message board ideal for greeting holiday guests as soon as they walk in the door. (A mouth-watering feast of turkey, stuffing and other traditional favorites will still help though.)

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Add a custom look to your holiday table this Thanksgiving by stenciling a special holiday phrase or design on simple, white dinner plates. Marian Parsons of Mustard Seed Interiors used gold ceramic paint to give an elegant look to her seasonal tablescape. I love how well the gold pairs with her antique cutlery and off-white place mats. You can also monogram plates for personalized hostess gifts, too. Get full instructions here >>

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Turn an unused wooden frame into an ornate DIY chalkboard ideal for a seasonal entryway. Place it on the dining room buffet and greet holiday guests with a special saying, the upcoming (and long-awaited) dinner menu or have each person list one thing they’re thankful for this season. Guests will be dying to know where you got your gorgeous, antique frame. Your secret? Gold leaf and dark walnut wood stain. But you don’t have to say a word. Get full instructions here >>

Don’t let Thanksgiving sneak up on you. We have plenty of easy-to-create table settings, centerpieces and decoration ideas to make your holiday memorable this year.

And head over to FoodNetwork.com for delectable Thanksgiving recipes ideas for experienced cooks and first-timers alike.

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