Katie Lee's 8 simple ways to make your holiday dinner shine

For the holidays, "The Kitchen" host Katie Lee plays host to a big family, so she knows a thing or two about putting a great table together and doing it as simply as possible.

"It is the same way as my cooking style -- I like to make things that look really elegant and look like you put a lot of effort into it but that aren't necessarily the most labor intensive dishes," she explains.

Check out the foodie's favorite tips for holiday entertaining below.

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Katie Lee's 8 simple ways to make your holiday dinner shine

Think beyond red and green.

"I like to go a little bit more on the untraditional route and not always stick to just red and green," shares Lee. "I’m absolutely obsessed with HomeGoods; I think it is the best place to go and put a table together because the prices are really affordable, but it is all designer brand names. You can have a table that looks like you spent a lot of money when you didn’t necessarily."

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Make edible centerpieces.

"I love flowers, but I think it is fun to do something a little more unexpected and something that can serve double duty," says Lee. "I’ll find a beautiful bowl and fill it pomegranates and sprinkle a little edible gold glitter on [them]."

She also recommends using artichokes, lemons or hurricane vases filled with split peas or lentils and topped with a candle. The best part? The next day, you can actually eat your centerpiece!

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Build a mismatched collection.

Lee pulls together tableware she's bought at yard sales, bought at HomeGoods, found while traveling or acquired from her grandmother -- for a look that's not at all "matchy-matchy."

"It looks like you built your collection over time and I think that has a cooler look than everything matching," she explains.

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Layer your look.

"What I normally do is [use] a table cloth that has a pattern and take two of the colors out of the pattern [and pull those in with two more table cloths], so that it all goes together."

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Extend your table.

Katie often has trouble fitting everyone at her table, so she got innovative. She bought a folding table and a large piece of plywood, the same width as her table, from a hardware store.

Now, she just unfolds the table, tops it with the plywood, and sets it next to her normal table. A few table clothes cover the whole thing up.

"I have extra chairs that I mix and match in there, and it looks like one big long table but in truth, it’s not," she shares.

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Go with a buffet, when you're hosting more than 6 people.

Katie recommends going with a buffet for ease.

"To have a sit-down dinner at the holidays is nearly impossible and it just creates so much extra stress for the host," says Katie. "I think if you have more than 6 people, family style becomes a little cumbersome as well."

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Set the table early.

"You can never plan too much. Make yourself a lot of lists and set the table the night before," Lee offers. "When it comes to your serving plates, label those with what you are going to put into them."

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Dine by candlelight.

"Everyone looks better in candlelight," Lee exclaims. "You can also play with Christmas lights — set them up around the room; They don’t just have to be for the tree."

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