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How-To: Create a Custom Chalkboard Thanksgiving Menu

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If you’ve put a lot of thought into your Thanksgiving menu, it makes sense to celebrate it. Our favorite way to spread the word is by creating a large-scale menu using our Framed Chalkboard. For our menu this year, we enlisted the help of designer and calligraphy artist Diva Pyari of Linea-Carta, who created a beautiful Thanksgiving menu for us. Even if you don’t have a calligraphy artist in your circle of friends, you can get the look of Diva’s gorgeous handwriting thanks to her Calligraphy Starter Kit. Keep reading to learn the steps and get started on your own Thanksgiving menu.

 

To try this at home, Diva recommends the following:

  1. Use a t-square ruler to create straight guide lines for the menu.
  2. Then, mark the lines lightly with a pencil. You can also very lightly write in the menu items on each line.
  3. Instead of using chalk, use a chalk pen or chalk marker. Pens or markers give you more control over your writing.

 

Since the menu is the main star on this chalkboard, use florals or styling that accent but do not obscure the writing on the chalkboard. We chose a mixture of wheat and amaranth that was laid flat on two console tables. We also wrapped a pomegranate and orange winterberry swag in brown ribbon to hang from the edge of the menu.

Have you tried making your own blackboard menu before? Would you try it this year?

Special thanks to Diva Pyari for her incredible work on the menu! Make sure to check out her site and shop for more inspirational ideas.
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How-To: Create Silhouette Pumpkins For Thanksgiving Decorating

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If you have some uncarved pumpkins lingering around your home, you’re probably looking for a way to transition them from spooky October holidays to more family-oriented November gatherings. Luckily, today we’re sharing a fun and easy way to decorate with them for Thanksgiving.

Silhouette pumpkins have been all the rage for the past few years, but we think this wildlife adaptation on the traditional silhouette provides a seasonal twist to the trend. You could go even more Thanksgiving-themed by using turkey silhouettes on your pumpkins, too.

This DIY project is quite simple. (So simple, in fact, that you can do this DIY in front of a favorite movie if you prefer.) To get started, here’s what you’ll need:

 Pumpkins. We used Cinderella pumpkins for their unusual coloring. Use one pumpkin per silhouette.
 Silhouette patterns.  We used the animal silhouettes from Karen’s Whimsy.
 Scissors
 Tape
 Pen
 Paint (acrylic or house paint works fine)
Paintbrushes. At least a larger brush and a very fine point brush are needed.

After you find and print the stencils you like, cut around the silhouette. Use your tape to tape the silhouette pattern onto your pumpkin, positioning it as you like best. Then, carefully trace around the pattern with your pen.

Remove the stencil, and then use your brushes and paint to fill in the silhouette. You will likely have to use two to three coats of paint to create your silhouette.

The pumpkins could easily be incorporated into a Thanksgiving centerpiece. To save room on the Thanksgiving table, try painting mini-silhouettes on miniature pumpkins. We also love the idea of using mini-pumpkin silhouettes as a placecard for Thanksgiving dinner guests. Of course, you could also feature your vignette on an entry table or console, or your fireplace mantel.
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Thanksgiving Centerpieces Inspired by Nature

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For a tablescape that’s custom-built for Thanksgiving, we recommend heading outside. Check out three of our top ideas for creating unusual centerpieces this year.

Gather acorns to line the base of a hurricane, and then carefully nestle a candle around your nature finds. (Use one of our Flameless Wax Candles to avoid a fire hazard.) Stack crisp apples in a vertically oriented vase or hurricane, or try miniature pumpkins or gourds. Colorful fall foliage is also the perfect addition to a bouquet of flowers. Look for florals that complement the color of your leaves: amaranth for maroon leaves, or light-colored ranunculus for yellow leaves.

 

Still have some pumpkins around your home? Hollow them out and use them as an alternative vase. We used geraniums here. For a very autumnal centerpiece, choose scented geraniums such as cinnamon, nutmeg or ginger. (Yes! These types of geraniums  do exist. Find them at your neighborhood greenouse.) Place a small jar or highball glass inside the pumpkin for cut stems. As an alternative, place small pots of geraniums in the pumpkins if you want to plant the flowers after your gathering. Disguise the top of the container with moss.

If persimmons are local to your area, we also recommend layering a tall vase with persimmon branches that are laden with fruit. They create an unexpected sculptural element to a bouquet. These fruits could easily pair with flowers, though the addition of autumn leaves and green figs to this arrangement is certainly inspired.