Thanksgiving decor... hints and tips to get your home ready

Beautiful decorations create a happy party mood, have your neighborhood florist create a citrus wreath or make one yourself! 

                                                             Photo: Real Simple magazine
  • Directions for creating a citrus wreath: Cover a wreath frame with citrus or bay leaves. 
    Puncture 1 end of a piece of citrus with a long nail. Insert a long pipe cleaner into the hole. 
    Use the pipe cleaner to fasten the fruit onto the wreath. Arrange the fruit as desired on the 
    wreath, securing each piece with a pipe cleaner. I like using baby kumquats to fill in the sparse spots. Hang over a mirror for double the drama or on your front door to greet Thanksgiving Day guests.

  •                  Photo: Real Simple magazine

    Hollow out gourds and baby pumpkins and fill with tapered candles. 
    Be sure to fill your mantel to heaping, tuck a few 
    magnolia leaves here and there to loosen the look.

    Remember some of your guests you may not see but once a year...
    create visual vignettes on your kitchen counter is 
    the time to put away the toaster and fill a silver ice bucket with a colorful
     bromeliad and finish with moss. A bowl of fresh fruit and an interesting 
    piece of art finishes the simple yet striking composition.

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