Light Up Your Table
Bypass the brass candlesticks and the Indian corn table decorations. This Thanksgiving, hand your guests knives and let them work out any holiday-related angst … and create your centerpiece at the same time!
Read on for how to create this new take on that old Halloween favorite, the jack-o'-lantern...
- Hollow out a winter squash jack-o'-lantern–style. (Large kabocha and acorn squash and even small pumpkins work great; just skip the spaghetti and carnival squash, as their skins are too tough to cut easily.) Remember, the bigger your squash, the easier it will be to carve — and the less likely your candle flame will scorch the squash's lid. If your squash won't sit flat on its own, cut off the bottom tip and set your squash on a saucer.
- Carve a Thanksgiving-themed image into your squash. I went with a maple leaf, turkey and abbreviated "thanks" here, but if your artistic skills are more Mondrian than Monet, just get six squash, carve one letter of the word "THANKS" in each one, and line them up along the middle of your table.
- Pop a tea light inside each squash, light it, and you're good to glow!
Posted by Elizabeth on November 21, 2007 in Parties