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Fall is a Midwest Favorite

After a long sizzling summer, Fall is finally here. I know for many of us in the Midwest this beloved

season means the beginning of traditional gatherings with friends and family. A kickoff to the upcoming

holidays, if you will, and a time to start your seasonal decorating. Remember - the sky is the limit!

A Thanksgiving centerpiece does not have to be complicated. Start by placing candleholders of varying

heights up and down your table or sideboard. Intertwine evergreen branches, or garland with pinecones

around the pillar candles. Next, add a few faux branches of fall leaves, eucalyptus, or pop in stems of red

berries for color. Small gourds scattered throughout will add color and texture to your centerpiece. If I

am entertaining for the holidays, I like to experiment weeks ahead, so I set the table first to see how

much room I will have to work with.

If "casual country" or "farmhouse chic" happens to be your decorating style, use faux birch candles or wooden candle holders in varying sizes. To dress up your holiday table with a bit of glam or sparkle, use glass or crystal candle holders.

This centerpiece will take you through Thanksgiving and into Christmas. Simply remove the fall leaves from the evergreen garland, then add magnolia stems or holly branches. For added height and color tuck in pots of blooming amaryllis, or narcissus bulbs.

The gift shop at Iowa Outdoor Products is the perfect place to find everything you’ll need to decorate your home for the holidays, from candles to garland, picks and more. Stop in and get started on your holiday decorating!

Happy Fall Everyone!

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