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Because Who Doesn’t Need One More Thing to Make This Thanksgiving?

With family in town for Thanksgiving, I’m turning my attention away from the kitchen for a few days – but hey, everyone deserves a holiday, right? In the meantime, I thought it would be fun to teach you an easy Thanksgiving project that’ll really spruce up your holiday table this week. And because it uses a pumpkin, and you have to follow a “recipe”, it’s kind of like cooking…if you squint really hard. And use your imagination.

Here’s what we’re making:

Oooh! Ahhh!

Looks impressive, no? It’s super easy and doesn’t take much time at all. Here’s what you’ll need:

– pumpkin or gourd of your choice (nothing too shallow)
– knife and scooping utensils (that’s a technical term)
– block of floral foam
– fall flowers (I like to choose a cheapo grocery store bouquet)

That’s it! Ready? Here’s the how to:

If your pumpkin is a little unsteady, you can begin by leveling the bottom with a knife – you definitely don’t want this thing to be tipsy. (There’s a drunk relative joke in there somewhere, but let’s move along before things get out of hand.) Lop off the top of your pumpkin and scoop out the insides like you’re making a Jack o’ Lantern (but we’re not, because that was, like, sooooo last month).

Next, take some floral foam (who doesn’t have that lying around the house?) and cut it down to fit inside the pumpkin. (You can also take Martha Stewart’s advice and rather than floral foam, hide a vase inside the pumpkin. Which is perfectly fine. If, you know, you don’t mind CHEATING. <Love ya, Martha!>)

Fill the pumpkin with water (not too full!) as it is now serving as your vase. Finally, trim the flower stems and arrange them in the pumpkin, sticking them down into the floral foam. (I recommend starting with flowers in the top center of the foam and working your way out and down.)

And then, VOILA!! In less than 30 minutes and for as little as $15, you can have a lovely fall centerpiece for your holiday tablescape. I like to use small baking pumpkins and give these as hostess gifts, or you could choose a few gourds of varying shape/size and make a grouping on your table. The possibilities are endless!

Okay, well, maybe not endless. But there’s a lot you could do with these.

So go forth and give thanks, my friends, and later in the week I’ll share with you the story of The Most Pitiful Thanksgiving Ever. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll give thanks…that you aren’t me. It can be our holiday tradition.

Don’t you love traditions?

Gobble gobble!
– Jessica

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