Thursday, November 17, 2011

Thanksgiving Countdown Ideas: Create A Natural Setting

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Keep your Thanksgiving decorating simple this year and let the season's natural resources take center stage. Reuse your Halloween pumpkins and gourds to decorate your mantel, front entry, or dining room table. Place individual or grouped pumpkins and gourds on cake pedestals and stands down the center of your table. Hollow out pumpkins, squashs, or gourds to be used as serving vessels for soups or dessert. For a personal touch, embellish with your guests' initials and use them for place setting markers. Get creative!

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Take the kids on a nature walk to gather pine cones, acorns, and leaves to place in glass vases and bowls for a seasonal centerpiece. Just remember to gather leaves on the day of your celebration. Otherwise, they will dry out and curl up.

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Fresh fruits and vegetables can add a great amount of color and visual interest to your holiday table.  Flowers, berries and leaves can also be used to add texture and fill in any empty spaces.

Image: Martha Stewart Weddings
There are so many natural possibilities. Have fun!

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