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The holidays? Just an excuse to get crafty

December 1, 2008 | 12:29 pm

Morroco_in_long_beach_7 The world of entertaining seems to be divided into two categories: hosts who care mainly about the meal and would be perfectly happy eating off fancy paper plates, and hosts who are all about the fine art of tablescaping -- that is, making sure the table settings and decor are just so.

If you fall into the latter category, and you ramped up for Thanksgiving by putting together a centerpiece and table setting that would make Martha Stewart's head spin, we want to know about it.

Send your best photo to food@latimes.com, with a subject line of TABLESCAPE. Include a brief description, and a contact phone number. (We promise we won't publish it, and we won't turn it over to the subscriptions department, either.) We'll consider it for use in a photo gallery later this month on table decor.

Eat your heart out, Martha!

Here's a look at a Moroccan-themed Thanksgiving table for 24, set by Times staff writer Megan Garvey and her husband, Steve Carney, and a cast of thousands. (This is done on a shoestring budget, so that means everyone who is invited to dinner needs to pitch in in some manner.)

More photos of the outdoor tent, which was swathed in bolts of bargain-basement fabrics, at the link below.

-- Rene Lynch

Photo: Sheila Garvey / Sheila Garvey Photography