Friday, November 6, 2015

Thanksgiving Draws Near

How do you like this meat, cheese and cracker platter for a festive Thanksgiving?
I think it adds such a fun and memorable touch to have a couple stand-out centerpieces among the rest of the more typical spreads.  I like to dress our table simply .  I have a long vine garland with fall berries and a few fake pumpkins and gourds I lay through the middle of the table over the tablecloth. It's so simple and almost no effort, yet looks elegant.  You could also just cut bittersweet if you have a source for that available to you and do the same type thing with some pine cones, acorns and whatever else speaks celebrating the Autumn season to you.  Maybe some preserved brilliant leaves. Once you start, your creativity will kick in.  

I think preserved leaves would also be a colorful touch to your table!  Try to preserve some brilliant Fall leaves using the wax paper method:

You will need some of your prettiest collected leaves, wax paper, piece of paper or a thin tea towel, along with your iron and ironing board.

Place a leaf between two pieces of wax paper and a towel or a piece of thick paper over the wax paper.

Press on the towel or paper with a warm iron to seal the wax sheets together. This takes about 2-5 minutes on each side, depending on how moist the leaf is. Once you have finished one side, flip the leaf over and do the other side.

Once the leaves have cooled with the wax paper on them, try to peel the wax paper off the leaves, leaving a coat of wax behind to protect the leaves. 

What are your Thanksgiving plans this year?

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