For many families in the Northeast Thanksgiving Day 2012 may not be an easy holiday to prepare for. With Hurricane Sandy and then the Nor’easter, many families have more important things on their mind than searching for Thanksgiving decorations.

Nevertheless, many will still want to grace their table with a festive centerpiece to celebrate the holiday.  This year the goal is to keep the centerpiece simple and inexpensive, but pretty. Start by searching for glass vases in your home. Look under the sink cabinet, in the closet and in the garage. I am certain that you will find many assortments of widths and heights. The best vases for this project are the ones with wide mouths.

Start by selecting four or five pieces. If your table is longer then add a few more. After you wash (use detergent )and dry the vases, consider adding autumn colored fruits, vegetables, nuts and even leaves, figs or pine cones. These are things that you may already have in the house or things that may be lying out in the front yard. NOTE: Anything that you bring in from the yard should be washed before being placed on the table!

Fill each individual container with the same fruits, veggies or pine cones, etc. and for contrast, the more colorful the better. I promise that this center piece will take very little time and money to arrange and it will add to the joy of the celebration.

SECOND TIP

Oversize Arrangements

Still keeping it simple, the second tip involves a tall clear glass vase with either an assortment of faux twigs or actual twigs that have been snipped from a few trees in the backyard.

The taller and the wider the vase, the more dramatic the outcome will be. Bring the outdoors in and arrange a group of twigs freshly cut from the garden that you love. If you have no real love for the trees and plants that surround your home, pay Michael’s (or another craft store) a visit and pick a handful of twigs from their vivid palette of reds and gold.  If available, try to select the stems of different lengths. When placing the stems bear in mind to arrange and cut them according to desired height.
To help keep the stems in place consider using a variety of seasonal vegetables, dry fruits, pine corns and nuts. Not only will they help keep the stems in place, but this mixture will also add color, scents, texture and the flavors of the holiday to your decor.

I promise it will look great on any table in your home!

We at Casa Latina wish you all a very happy and healthy Thanksgiving!

Marlene Pratt is the co-founder of Casa Latina, an interior designer and on-air television host on both English and Spanish-language television. Follow Marlene on Twitter at @CasaLatinaToday and Like her FB page

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