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How to Prep Your Home for Holiday Guests

The holidays are quickly approaching, which means many will be taking planes, trains and automobiles to spend them with loved ones. Nothing is more appealing than a hot shower and a toasty bed after a day spent traveling. Here are some quick and easy tips from the pros at The Container Store to help you prep your home for holiday guests. Make them feel at home because, after all, there is no place like home for the holidays.



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DIY Thanksgiving Centerpieces

The point of gathering for almost every Thanksgiving celebration is around the dining room table. Apart from the food, an exceptionally beautiful centerpiece is the second most crucial element in achieving a picturesque table. Here are some inexpensive and unique DIY centerpieces that will wow your guests and complete your fall frenzy feast.


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Corkboard Leaf Trivets

Long before the appetizer is served, your table will make a good first impression with these ideas for place cards, centerpieces, linens and more. Pick up what you need for these quick, inexpensive table decorations at an office-supply store. Source: Martha Stewart

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Flaming Foliage Candleholders

Dress up inexpensive glass candleholders with real fall leaves. Since we don't see a lot of leaves change color in Arizona, a bag of fake fall leaves from a crafts store will work as well. Source: Martha Stewart

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Wheat Sheaf Centerpiece and Napkin Ring

Have fun at the crafts store choosing ribbon in beautiful fall colors to make these easy, budget-friendly napkin rings and centerpiece. Use matching ribbon for everything or pick a few contrasting colors. Source: Martha Stewart

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Mason Jar Galore

A few mason jars can jazz up any table. Whether you use them as candleholders, fill them with different colored fall leaves, pour fall favorites in them like candy corn or use them as a vase to hold your favorite fall flowers, the possibilities are endless. Source: Pinterest


Different Level Vases

This centerpiece is perfect for capturing a vintage-inspired look. Check out your local thrift stores or antique shops (Tattered Nest and Audrey's are especially great) for different kinds of vases or jars. Fill each with something different like pine cones, apples, pears and floating water candles. This creates a very eclectic centerpiece and rustic ambience that your guests are bound to enjoy. Source: Writer’s idea


Candlestick Picture Holder

You can find different kinds of candlesticks for great prices at antique shops. Bring them back to life by painting them your color of choice. The size of corks you’ll need will depend on your candlesticks. Craft stores sell bags with different sizes. Push a cork into the top of each candlestick and insert a paperclip into the cork. Make a small slit in the cork if needed to fit the paperclip. Slide your pictures into the top of the paperclip and arrange the candlesticks on your table. These are great way to display photos of guests attending your Thanksgiving feast. Source: One Charming Party.


Pretty Pumpkins

Pumpkins are the poster child of fall. So why not display them up front and center on your table? Similar to the mason jars, pumpkins can also be used in a variety of ways. You can cut the stems out of smaller pumpkins and put a candle in its place or cut a deeper hole to create a pumpkin vase. Larger pumpkins are great canvases for painting. Paint fall colors and designs on each pumpkin and arrange them on your table for a one-of-a-kind look. Source: Pinterest

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Planter Box Centerpiece

Try to find a planter box long enough to fit perfectly in the center of your table. You can usually find them at thrift shops or plant nurseries. Before painting the planter use, stencils to write out “family and friends” on both sides. Paint the planter the color of your choice and let it dry before removing the letters. Next, fill the planter with natural goodies like pumpkins, squash, gourds and foliage. Source: Sophia's Live Beautifully—on a Budget. 


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