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Freshen up your holiday place settings

Some holiday tables always look the same, decked with Grandma's lace tablecloth, the wedding china and the ancestral silver, hastily polished. • Other merrymakers like to change things up a bit. • This may not be the season to buy all new everything, but a few accessories can give a fresh, festive look to cherished china or even the everyday dishes. • Just four weeks separate Thanksgiving from Christmas this year. So we offer some suggestions on ways to give the basics seasonal twists to cover both occasions. Shown here are a formal china dinner plate and flatware as well as a casual plate and flatware, dressed for both occasions with items we found at local stores. With a few more variations — lovely blue, white and silver for Hanukkah, glamorous metallics for New Year's — you'll have at least your table covered all season. • Don't be afraid to mix discount-store finds with heirloom-quality treasures. Raid the back of the linen closet, boxes of decorations or even craft supplies for your own unique holiday table. • Go with what you find beautiful, fun and meaningful. Grandma would approve.

Freshen up your holiday place settings 11/14/08 [Last modified: Friday, November 14, 2008 9:48am]

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