Table Settings: The Buck Starts Here

Your local dollar store has the goods -- all you have to do is put them together. Break out some singles and set the table.

Now and Zen

Create a spalike setting with foliage and earth-toned tableware. Scan the store for chopsticks, candles and stones (usually sold in small bags) to round out the look. You don't need a tablecloth -- just cover the table with brown craft paper!

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Simply Red

Shop with a color in mind -- and think creatively: Turn a plastic bowl into an ice bucket and use bandanas as cloth napkins.

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Flower Power

Dress up a paper tablecloth with stylish utensils and glassware. A few fresh flowers will work wonders, too.

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