An Open Home an Open Heart, Here Grows a Bountiful Harvest
Here are a few DIY ideas E-Trender Angela came up with for creating a beautiful Thanksgiving tablescape and some unique holiday decor elements that even the kids can help you with!
Create a centerpiece using something that is unexpected, like this wrought iron fireplace piece by PartyLite. Typically this is used as a candle holder in front of a fireplace, but here Angela re-purposes it to be a harvest filled conversation piece in the center of the Thanksgiving table! -This look is perfect if you are serving your Thanksgiving meal buffet style in another area of your home then you have plenty of room on your table to create something special for your family and guests!
Collect small gourds and pumpkins from your local farmer's markets and grocery stores to use for your centerpiece. Cluster them around the bottom of your centerpiece. Incorporate votive candles (or led candles) if you are worried about little ones touching them!
Use a marker or Sharpie paint pin for wood to write the name of your guest at the top of the clothes pin.
These little foam Thanksgiving Turkeys can be purchased at craft stores like Michael's. They have a sticker back so you can stick them to your clothes pin.
Fold a cloth napkin (or cloth place mat) into a square or rectangle shape (whatever you prefer) and use raffia to tie a bow around the napkin.
Attach your Thanksgiving Turkey clothes pin to the center of your bow and place on top of your place setting!
DIY Leaf Banner ~
Create a leaf banner by punching holes in the top of foam leaves, Michaels Craft Stores sells them in a large package. String a ribbon through the top of them and space them out to create your banner. Angela created a shadowed effect by placing a sparkly leaf on top of a plain leaf.
DIY Wine Glass Luminary ~
Angela layered the bottom of a wine glass with crushed pecans and added a battery operated LED candle.
Create this template to make your shade using a piece of scrapbook paper or vellum. Angela chose a scrapbook paper that fit in with the color them but vellum really lets the light shine through!
Pumpkin Pecan Bundt Cake with Spiced Caramel Sauce ~
3/4 cup coarsely chopped pecans
1 package yellow cake mix
1 can (30 ounces) Libby's Easy Pumpkin Pie Mix, divided
3 large eggs
1/4 cup vegetable oil
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
2/3 cup (5 fluid ounce can) Evaporated Milk
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Grease 9 1/2 inch Bundt pan
Sprinkle nuts in bottom of prepared pan
Beat cake mix, 2 cups of pumpkin pie mix, eggs and oil in large mixer bowl for 2 minutes
Spoon mixture into prepared pan
Bake for 35-40 minutes or until wooden toothpick inserted into cake comes out clean
Cool in pan on wire rack for about 15 minutes, then flip cake out of pan to let cool on wire rack completely
Transfer the cake to a serving platter
Combine remaining pumpkin pie mix, brown sugar and evaporated milk in a medium sauce pan
Bring mixture to a boil over medium heat
Boil for one minute, remove from heat
Serve warm sauce with slices of cake
May the bounty of the season fill your heart and home,
Love, Angela & Sue
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