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Spruce Up Holiday Table Settings for a Festive Family Meal

Contrary to what some may believe, you don't have to spend as much on your holiday table decorations as you did on the dinner itself! If you know how to shop and what to look for, your local thrift shop can offer an array of wonderful, cost-effective finds for your table settings.

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Finding an Eye-Catching Centerpiece

While some may complain that it is hard to find matching sets of glassware at a thrift shop, savvy shoppers know how to keep an eye out for a pretty design. Some thrifty options are even available through online auctions for extra convenience during the busy holiday season. One special vase holding a handful of bright flowers can catch your guest's eye as soon as they walk in. Real or fake flowers are a beautiful way to add color and life to your holiday table, and a unique glass jar or vase is a perfect way to highlight your floral design of choice.

Using Simple, Elegant Touches

Rustic, do-it-yourself looks are trending this year and common finds from a thrift shop can be the perfect way to stay in style and cost-savvy. For example, a roll of twine can be your secret weapon. Tying napkins and silverware in a bundle with a bowtie of twine looks beautiful, simple, and elegant. Twine can also be used to tie name tags to chairs, hang ornaments from the ceiling, lights, or a tree, or as a finishing touch to a jar of flowers.

Featuring Bright and Lively Colors

For those of us that like to tie everything together with matching colors, an easy and cheaper way to do so is using a set of colorful table napkins. A matching color scheme will create harmony and consistency in a table setting. If you really want to go the extra mile, you can try and match one or some of the flowers in your centerpiece to the napkin colors at each guest's place setting.

With the array of items you can find at a thrift shop, it shouldn't be hard or expensive to make your holiday table bright, colorful, friendly, and inviting. If you're short on ideas, try combing online blogs and websites such as Pinterest to give you some inspiration for sprucing up your table this holiday season. Don't forget to check for current sales promotions for even more savings. Happy shopping and happy holidays!

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