The ghouls and goblins are gone and you’ve eaten the leftover candy, so take advantage of all of your sugar-induced energy and prepare your table for fall get-togethers. We’ve got ideas for easy ways to deck the dining table for Thanksgiving or an entryway to welcome family.

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    You can’t go wrong with candles; they're easy. Here, a Pumpkin & a Princess has set them nicely in a wooden tray with fake fall berries and leaves. Use a serving platter or inexpensive dish and complimentary foliage. [Image courtesy of a Pumpkin & a Princess]
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    Or decorate a few neutral-colored candles. That’s What Che Said shows how to use burlap fabric and string to place the fall foliage front and center. [Image courtesy of That’s What Che Said]
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    Use a pumpkin as a candleholder. We’ve seen lots of creative ideas, like these fun versions from Use fresh berries or fake foliage to round out your look. [Image courtesy of]
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    Pumpkins hold just about anything, including our attention as a pie! Use them as a flower vase for an attractive centerpiece, or add fresh flowers around your candle just before serving dinner. This HomeTalk tutorial walks you through it. [Image courtesy of HomeTalk]
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    Too bad pumpkins aren’t around all year. They come in every size imaginable and several colors. Mix and match them in long, horizontal arrangements, small ones in hurricane vases, or add gourd or pine cones for color contrast.
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    Or stick with only small, white pumpkins for a touch of elegance. On the V Side combined white pumpkins with bleached pine cones in a white footed bowl, and placed them on seagrass mat. [Image courtesy of On the V Side]
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    Add a touch of gold for elegance. Use pumpkins of any size, pine cones, or cranberries and flowers as a base. Add gold ribbon or vases. Spray paint branches or pumpkins. Colin Cowie shows you how it’s done with glitter. [Image courtesy of Colin Cowie Weddings]
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    Fan of more color? There's so much in the fall! Cranberries, leaves, corn husks and apples. Kids love candy corn! Layer your choices in a hurricane vase, around a candle, or both! So easy, using what you have. [Image courtesy of Crafty Teacher Lady]
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    Go natural with your materials. Dried corn, pine cones, dried berries and twigs from your garden make interesting arrangement or backdrops for flowers and pumpkins. Designer Eddie Ross shows you how to make a corn cob and candle centerpiece. [Image courtesy of Eddie Ross]
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    This should be fun, and the simpler, the better. This rustic centerpiece from Stone Gable combines an antique tool caddy with plenty of corn husks, pumpkins and berries. [Image courtesy of Stone Gable]