Celebrate in style with a gift of gorgeous Fall flowers, centerpieces for the dinner table, gourmet gift baskets, and more ways to surprise the people you're thankful for this holiday.
Set a Sensational Thanksgiving Table
Turn your Thanksgiving table into a creative cornucopia of color and panache with this step-by-step guide from lifestyle expert Julie Mulligan. Using easy to find materials, Julie teaches you to add memorable touches to your table and your celebration!
Thanksgiving Photo Tree
Creating a centerpiece that utilizes Fall?s most abundant flowers?and marries them to the things in particular that you are most thankful for?is a beautiful way to set the Thanksgiving scene.
Start with a large bouquet as your centerpeice; it should have flowering branches so there are lots of places to hang photos and thankful phrases. Consider our Red, Yellow and Orange Lily Bouquet or our Fields of Europe for Fall?.
Scan or make color copies of old photos that you have of your guests (or make new photos look old by using Sepia tone on the computer).
Crop the images to 3? x 3? and back them with Fall colored paper?a lovely pale orange or sunset yellow paper will fit nicely.
Hole punch the corner of each photo and attach a burgundy, orange or yellow ribbon.
On the other end of the ribbon, glue a metal word embellishment that you can find in any scrapbooking section of your local craft or stationary store. The word embellishments not only look great, but they also make it easy to hang the photo without having to tie the ribbon to the branch?just drape it over with the photo on one side and the metal word on the other.
Get the kids to help?look for phrases like ?Miracle,? ?Blessed,? or ?Family.? This makes a great springboard for conversation as you share with your guests all the things you?re thankful for this year.
On the back of each photo, write a personal message that says what you?re thankful for about each of your guests.
Take some time to really talk about all of the things you?re thankful for this year?and get more great ideas to add to next year?s bouquet!
Sunflower and Fruit Candle Holders
Start with tea lights, large sunflowers and/or green apples.
Cut the sunflower off the stem as close to the flower as possible so it sits level on a surface such as a table or plate.
Using a sharp knife, cut away enough of the center of the sunflower so that it can hold a tea light candle.
Place the sunflower face up on the table or plate and put the tea light in the center.
If you choose to use an apple instead of a sunflower, cut an opening at the top of the apple wide and deep enough to hold the tea light. Battery operated tea lights are a great alternative if you have young children or pets in the home.
Cut a piece of cardboard just slightly larger than the bottom of your plate (an old pizza box works well)
Gather up leaves of different Fall colors from outside or buy a bunch at a local florist or craft store. You can use an iron on a low setting if your leaves are too crumpled.
Use a hot glue gun or glue sticks to attach the colorful leaves to the outer rim of the cardboard. They attach by the stem end of the leaf and at the very edge of the cardboard so they would appear around your plates.
Cover the center of the cardboard with flat green leaves such as salal or lemon leaves. Start with the first circle of leaves placed just overlapping the Fall leaves that you have already glued to the cardboard. Repeat rows of green leaves until the entire cardboard is covered.
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