We’re Thankful for Art

November is filled with crisp air, falling leaves, and the beautiful holiday Thanksgiving. This is the time of year that we start thinking about the blessings we have in our lives.  All over social media people are talking about what they are most thankful for this year.  Yes, I know, they are also talking about politics, Black Friday shopping, and the countdown to Christmas!

As you start to plan your Thanksgiving dinner party, we have some decorating ideas for you. If you have children, trace their hands on colorful construction paper. Cut them out and have your children make turkeys out of them using crayons or markers.  You can use these as name place cards on the table. Just be sure that there is enough room in the middle of the hand turkey to write the person’s name on it legibly.  Leaves made out of construction paper work nicely also and add color to your table.

Creating a special centerpiece for your table adds a nice, personal touch. You can use tall, wide, glass vases and fill them with different items to set the mood.  For instance, you can fill the vase with popcorn kernels until it is about 1/3 full. Then take a leaf or two and tie it around the base of a white pillar candle.  Put the candle on top of the popcorn kernels in the vase.  They look absolutely beautiful!

Want to create a more ‘rustic’ look? Take a large tree branch, about the length of the table it will be on during the party. Drill holes in the branch big enough for tealight or votive candles.  You can fill the holes with wax and add a wick, or you can place tealight or votive candles within the holes. Colorful leaves or pumpkins and gourds can surround your centerpiece.

Do you want to try a new, light dessert? How about a pumpkin dip?  Mix a 15 oz can of pumpkin, 5 oz box of vanilla pudding mix (the actual mix itself, don’t add anything to it,) a 16 oz container of cool whip, and ½ tablespoon of pumpkin pie spice. For the best results, mix this by hand.  Then chill it in the refrigerator for a few hours.  To make a special presentation, carve out the insides of a small pumpkin. Just before your guests are about to arrive, fill the pumpkin with the dip. Slices of apples, vanilla wafer cookies, and ginger snap cookies are perfect for dipping!

These ideas and many more are pinned on The Paint Cellar’s Pinterest page. We hope you enjoy your Thanksgiving!


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