Holiday Tables That Only Look Expensive

I'm almost ready for Thanksgiving. I've done my shopping and cleaned the house. All that's left is to do is to finish cooking and set the table. With about 20 people coming for dinner, I'm tempted to set the table with paper plates just to make clean up easier. Then again, there's something about a beautiful table that makes dinner feel special. Plus I've been inspired by the elegant tablescapes that GardenWeb members are setting. They look like they're set with the best china and silver, but these community members have found surprisingly creative ways to keep the price of their holiday tables down. Check out some of their most recent creations:

GardenWeb User Dreamgoddess's Woodland Table
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"[I] bought some new napkins the other week and ... the arrangement ... has dried pods, cattails, dried flowers, pheasant feathers, and curly twigs. For some 'fluff', I sent my husband on a mission in the woods to find leaves and acorns. The white plates have a gold band around the rim and were a birthday present from my aunt. Since I didn't have any brown dishes, I used vintage amber glass salad plates. The name tags are tied on gold-leafed apples with raffia." —dreamgoddess

GardenWeb User cindylouhoo's Turkey Table cindylou_table_450.jpg

"My cute turkey napkin rings I found at Bed Bath & Beyond for $1 each and the napkins are from Old Time Pottery, [also] $1 each. My placemats [are from] the Better Homes & Gardens [Collection at Walmart]" —cindylouhoo

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