Hey hey, happy Tuesday! Just two more days until Thanksgiving!
What are your plans for the holiday? Are you hosting the turkey dinner? Are you baking an apple pie?
I’ve always loved helping out in the kitchen on Thanksgiving, but the first time that I was ever in charge of the Thanksgiving meal was six years ago while I was studying abroad in Denmark. My host family wanted to have a taste of the American holiday, so I planned out the meal weeks in advance so that it would be just right. I managed to track down cranberries for the sauce, and my host dad special-ordered a turkey from a butcher in Copenhagen. No they do not have Butterball turkeys in Denmark, and no, the giblets did not come all neatly packaged up in a little bag inside the bird’s cavity. And yes, I had to pluck a couple of stray feathers off the bird and stick my arm all the way inside to pull out its kidney. The bird was ready about two hours too early, and I had the hardest time getting the gravy to thicken up properly. It’s not easy planning out all the dishes so that everything is ready to serve at the same time! But, in the end, it was a delicious meal and a wonderful experience to share with my host family. And the Danes passed out on the couch after the meal, so they really got the full experience, as there’s no better sign of a successful Thanksgiving than when all your guests are passed out in a turkey coma!
Anyway, it’s easy to get so wrapped up in planning all the details of all of the dishes that you can easily forget about décor. If you’re reading this and panicking because you realize that you’ve forgotten all about a centerpiece don’t worry! You can create a simple and chic centerpiece for your Thanksgiving table with just a few items that you may already have at home or can pick up at the grocery store.
Last-Minute DIY Thanksgiving Centerpiece
YOU WILL NEED:
3 pillar candles (preferable one that’s taller than the other two)
6 mini pumpkins or gourds
Place the candles onto the coasters in a row with the taller candle in the middle. Cut the stems from the greenery and arrange the ferns/leaves around the candles. Place the pumpkins or gourds around the candles on top of the greenery. Violà!