The two biggest holiday meals of the year are fast approaching and there’s a good chance your dining room is about to get a workout.</br></br>If you’re the lucky one in charge of corralling the flood of aunts, cousins, grandfathers, sisters and the neighbor kid down the block as they arrive clamoring for turkey and pie, you know it means one thing: “Battle stations!” In other words, Thanksgiving and Christmas meals can be huge affairs, especially when the invite list turns into a free-for-all.</br></br>Even so, decorating the <a title="Dining Furniture" href="http://www.atgstores.com/furniture/kitchen-dining-furniture/" target="_blank">dining room</a> for these occasions can be an upbeat and delightful affair so long as you don’t fall victim to the classic trap – clunky, gaudy centerpieces that take up too much room. When your dining furniture is crowded with Christmas trees and plastic cornucopias three-feet high, no one can see each other and there can be no room to eat.</br></br>Overcrowded dining rooms lead to fights, spills and a holiday gone sour. Use these tips to avoid stains and disasters on your fine dining furniture:</br></br><strong>Elegance Is a Key Centerpiece</strong></br></br>When you’re having the entire family over, don’t splurge on an over-the-top centerpiece. Keep it simple. Fruits and flowers function very nicely if you don't go bananas with them, so to speak. It can be visually appealing to work in green and red palettes for Christmas and orange, gold and brown tones for Thanksgiving.</br></br>Ideally, your centerpiece should be about eight inches tall and two feet long for a traditional-sized <a title="Dinner Tables" href="http://www.atgstores.com/furniture/kitchen-dining-furniture/dining-tables/" target="_blank">dinner table</a>, especially if you're using raised platter dishes that will require extra room. Even a tasteful <a title="Floral Arrangements " href="http://www.atgstores.com/decor/home-decor-accessories/floral/" target="_blank">flower arrangement</a> can be more than enough if chosen with care.</br></br><strong>Accentuate Your Accents</strong></br></br>You can bring out the festive nature of your dining table and <a title="Dining Chairs" href="http://www.atgstores.com/furniture/kitchen-dining-furniture/dining-chairs/" target="_blank">chairs</a> by substituting in subtle seat cushions laced with gold, red and green. Tie a kerchief or holiday scarf around the chairs for a quaint touch. If you have a little extra cash, accent the table with finely decorated seasonal plates and silverware. These classy touches keep the meal free of excess clutter while still providing flair.</br></br><strong>Run the Table</strong></br></br>A fashionable and elegant <a title="Table Runners" href="http://www.atgstores.com/bed/cooking-dining/tableware/table-linens/table-runners/" target="_blank">table runner</a> is absolutely essential to complement your dining furniture and provide additional holiday cheer. Gold and white trim is in, but you should stay open to other possibilities. If you’re lucky enough to spot a modern orange table runner designed for the season, go for it. Your family, and your dining furniture, will applaud your creativity.