By Jeanette Joy Fisher
Turkey and Cranberries! Yeah!
Start a new tradition this Thanksgiving dinner. Before you dig into that turkey, take a moment for each person to say one sentence beginning with...
"Today, I am grateful for..."
You will be surprised at what children say, so keep a notebook handy to write down the gratitudes, or, better yet, record the event.
Thanksgiving Decorating Tips
"Welcome to Our Home" Ideas
Holiday decorating isn't just for Christmas! Door wreaths welcome all to your home and set the stage for celebrating. Make a simple wreath to hang on your front door with Thanksgiving colors--brown, russet, olive green. Use tree branches from your garden; attach a few gourds, nuts, and ribbons.
Place a gorgeous mum by your front door. You can plant it later and get flowers next Thanksgiving to use inside. It just takes one bright spot near your front door to attract the eye of arriving guests.
Wrap your front door with gift wrap appropriate to Thanksgiving.
Make a "welcome to our home" banner. Add your ribbons and fall leaves.
Group vines, pumpkins, and mums for display impact near the front entrance. Adjust the vines to add height and movement.
Fall Leaves make great interior and exterior decorations. Be sure to hose off any bugs!
Interior Decorating Tips
Tie ribbons around your candle bases and around your floral arrangements.
Set fall-color leaves under your decorations. Safety Tip: Keep leaves separated from melting candle wax.
Extend your flower arrangements with fall tree branches. Just one flower package makes a huge impact when you divide and spread it around.
Use copper, bronze, and gold spray paint to dress up plain gourds. Fill a glass or crystal bowl with the gourds, oranges, and nuts.
Display vegetables and mini pumpkins on a tray. Fill in any gaps with fall leaves, moss, straw, or wheat.
If orange clashes with your home's interior, use green apples and spray paint the mini-pumpkins.
Did I already say leaves? Here's another way to add fall color: Place the leaves in your green potted-plants.
One beautiful way to kick off your holiday season: Wrap tiny gifts in gold foil; top off with brown and russet ribbons, and place the gifts on the dinner plate. Your table will look fabulous and your guests will love the thought.
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