By Debbe Daley Thanksgiving is the kickoff to all the hustle and bustle we experience during the winter holiday season.

I become so excited because the decorating projects for the home become endless. Collecting and gathering items from the outdoors for use in creating a Thanksgiving tablescape can be fun and relaxing at the same time.

Your Thanksgiving table should be warm and inviting. Enhance those delicious aromas coming from the oven on Thanksgiving Day by topping off the look with a beautifully created table for your guests to sit down and enjoy viewing.

You'll need some inspiration before your begin creating your table setting. Starting with a centerpiece will set the mood for the whole look of the table, similar to beginning a decorating project wherein choosing an area rug first makes the project much easier because the rug's multitude of colors will inspire creativity.

Because one of the most popular colors of the season is burnt orange, my centerpiece inspiration would come from a bunch of burnt orange tulips.

While it's not your typical or traditional centerpiece for Thanksgiving, the burnt-orange flower color contrasted with the long, green, leafy leaves inspire my tablescape colors of gold-green and burnt orange. This color scheme allows for the introduction of natural elements into the table setting.

Beginning with a white, off-white or ivory tablecloth allows for a clean base for contrasting colors of the setting to pop. Next, adding soft green placemats creates added contrast to the tablecloth, pulling in color from the leafy green tulip leaves. Layering some white, gold and green dinner plates contrasts nicely on the solid tablecloth. Three colors incorporated into the tablescape design suggest a classy, consistent feel, keeping focus on the inspiration centerpiece. The table setting can be finished off with clear stemmed drinking glasses. If glasses with color are available, these will add a touch of interest to the table.

For the finishing touches, create a simple napkin idea that will be the focus of the table setting. A burnt-orange napkin in the center of the green plate completes the look of the inspired tulip centerpiece. An easy creation of twine-wrapped napkin holders embellished with acorns collected from the outdoors adds the natural element. Scattered pine cones and leaves on the tabletop at the base of the floral centerpiece will complete the Thanksgiving tablescape theme.

A closing tip: hunt, gather and create! Happy Thanksgiving!

Debbe Daley, owner of Debbe Daley Designs, is an interior designer with more than 25 years of experience as a professional interior redesigner, stylist, stager, trainer and project manager. Follow her blog at blogs.lowellsun.com/ daleydecor.