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Holiday Décor

When thanksgiving rolls around each year, there isn't much of a surprise what dinner might be.

Colin Cowie, the host of "Everyday Elegance" on the WE network, says one great way to make a change in your celebration is to decorate and set your table differently.

Cowie stops by The Early Show to share some creative ideas for the holiday.

The Thanksgiving table Cowie demonstrated is an organic approach to fall and Thanksgiving. Rather than use the standard autumn-colored flower arrangement as the centerpiece, Cowie puts a spin on the holiday by using elements that can be found right outside your door -- or at least at the local market.

The following were used for Cowie Thanksgiving organic theme:


  • Long wood table with four mismatched chairs on one side and long wooden bench on the other
  • A cushion covered bench in olive green fabric


  • White pumpkins (3 to 4 various sizes, to be used for candles, as well as hollowed out and used to serve soup)
  • Large driftwood placed on center of table
  • Organic branch for length of table
  • Moss can go down center of table underneath branches, and also on the top of each charger
  • The soup can be served in hollowed-out pumpkins on top of the moss
  • Plastic to go underneath sheet moss in order to protect table
  • Baby cabbages, whole nuts and dried leaves, which can be placed among the branches on the table
  • Curly willow can be placed in the centerpiece and each napkin, with some cranberries on top
  • Gourds can be hollowed out for salt and pepper
  • Aamber votives and gold leaf votives can be interspersed along the table's centerpiece

    Place settings

  • 8 wood chargers, to keep with the organic theme
  • Glassware in amber color
  • Olive green napkins

    Other items

  • Cowie used two wine decanters on the table, so the host doesn't need to keep getting up
  • Assorted candles wrapped along the bottom with grosgrain ribbon are placed along the table for a touch of elegance
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