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Thanksgiving dinner and decorations

(AP Photo/Dean Fosdick)

No sooner than you've closed the door on your last trick-or-treater, it seems like it's time to start planning for the holiday season.  For most Americans, that means setting your sights on Thanksgiving.  Creating the menu is typically easy enough because Thanksgiving dinner is legendary, but here are a few side dishes that can add an exciting twist on old favorites:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          And since you'll have lots of time while the turkey is cooking, you can create beautiful table settings to showcase your menu:                                                                                                          

  • Ideas for decorating your Thanksgiving table                                                                           
  • Festive centerpieces                                                                                                                  
  • Giving Thanks candle centerpiece                                                                                      
  • Decorating with leaves

If you have kids or some of your guests will be kids, you may want to have the supplies on hand to create one or more of these eye-catching Thanksgiving decorations:

  • Pilgrim photo napkin rings                                                                                                          
  • Thankful tree                                                                                                             
  • Turkey luminaries

Whether you use prefer to celebrate in traditional style, try something different every year or mix and match, enjoy a wonderful Thanksgiving with lots of reasons for your guests to be thankful...beginning with their hosts!