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    Karen Sullivan - ksullivan@charlotteobserver.com
    Creativity, imagination and hard work make the holidays’ sparkle. This year the season's decor is especially festive, fun and sparkling, as shown with this table display from Pottery Barn.
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    Ribbons, bows and bright, cheerful colors are always welcome for the holidays. These cake stands are from Home Goods.
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    Napkin rings bring elegance and shimmer to the table without a big investment. These are from Bed, Bath and Beyond.
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    If you haven’t got a lot of time to devote to decorating, focus on the dinner table. Choose colors of the season and tableware that sets the tone - whether formal or whimsical. Pottery Barn
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    There is nothing like the scent of fresh greenery for the table. It adds to the sensory experience, and the color is an added bonus.
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    Chargers add a touch of color to your table. These are from World Market.
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    Colorful placemats are everywhere this year. Just look for the style and colors that fit your home and the occasion. World Market
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    The vivid color of amaryllis makes it ideal for a winter holiday theme. Slate Interiors
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    A few pillows are a simple way to spread a holiday theme beyond the dining room. Pier 1
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    Keep your sense of humor no matter what. That’s easy with aprons like this. Pier 1
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    Younger guests will welcome a little less formality. Keep a few special plates for them. These plates are perfect for cookies or fudge. Pier 1
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    Themed dinnerware will let the children know they have a special place at the table. Pier 1
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    Platters are ideal for serving big groups. You’ll use them throughout the day if your guests stay a while, so choose designs that can hold up. Pier 1
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    What are your favorite symbols of the season? Jingle bells, snowflakes or twinkling stars? Don’t be surprised if one of those arrives as a gift. Pier 1
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    The colors for holiday decor reach far beyond red and gold. Pier 1
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    Red, white and gold are favorites at this time of year. Pier 1
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    Some holiday designs are playful just for the fun of it. Pier 1
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    Sometimes softer colors are the right choice, especially if you want the food to be the star of the table. Pier 1
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    Different designs for different occasions. What’s your style? Pottery Barn
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    Naughty or nice? Decorating calls for making those tough decisions. Pottery Barn
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    The holidays are the perfect time for relaxed mornings and evenings. Tea or coffee? Pottery Barn
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    When there’s no snow in the forecast, bring it inside. (Actually, some of us prefer it this way. The roads are safer.) Pottery Barn
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    A little stocking for your flatware is the ultimate touch. Pottery Barn
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    Didn’t see that coming, did you? The concept is traditional but the final result is anything but. Pottery Barn
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    Karen Sullivan - ksullivan@charlotteobserver.com
    When children are in the house, consider tucking something special into the closets and drawers. Suddenly the visit is more welcoming. Home Goods
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    And suddenly the holiday storybooks come to life when these characters arrive on the scene. Happy holidays. Home Goods
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