Before you defrost that turkey or roll out the pie crust for your family’s favorite pumpkin pie, remember that presentation is everything—and we don’t just mean the food! Transforming your kitchen into a warm and welcoming Thanksgiving haven can be easy, quick and even fun for the entire family—and your out-of-town guests will appreciate your efforts. Here are a few tips:
If you have way too much to do on your holiday to-do list, relax. Little details, like fun Thanksgiving napkins or dishtowels, can set the tone for some happy feasting. Or add an unexpected holiday twist on the napkin ring by making your own. Just wrap your cloth napkins in colorful kitchen twine, and tie wishbones (cleaned and dried) or wishbone charms to the center of each napkin.
Who needs elaborate brass candelabras when there are turnips? That’s right—turnips. Gather two to four votive candles (pumpkin scented is wonderful) and large turnips. Use a melon baller to hollow out a circle deep enough to rest the candle within the turnip’s surface. Remove the votive candle from its protective metal case, and place the candle inside the hollowed-out turnip. The purple of the turnips will add a dash of color to your table, too!
A great way to get the kids excited about the holidays is to get them to participate in all the fun! Turkey placecard holders are one of our favorite DIY crafts for the season. All you need is pinecones, fall-colored feathers, googly eyes and orange felt. Glue the eyes at the tip of the pinecone; then glue a felt triangle for the beak, just below the eyes. Glue five to six feathers to the back of the pinecone, arranging them like a fan. Let dry, add name cards, and you’ve got some adorable turkeys for your dinner table.
A creative and eye-catching way to showcase the flowers of fall (mums, marigolds and sunflowers) is to use a pumpkin or any gourd as a vase. Just hollow out a small to medium-sized pumpkin, add water and two crushed up aspirin and arrange to your heart’s content. Or mix some of your favorite fall-inspired décor—ceramic pumpkins and leaves—with the real thing. Fall leaves are beautiful (and cheap) way to cover your kitchen in the colors of the season.