Let's face it, carving a turkey is a messy business, a job better suited for the kitchen than the dining room. Only in a Norman Rockwell painting -- or a Martha Stewart television studio -- does the Thanksgiving turkey actually look good as the centerpiece on the Thanksgiving table. So let's check out some easy Thanksgiving centerpieces, ones we can manage at the last minute.
Simply Recipes makes the nostalgic choice with an accordion turkey from her childhood.
The Leftover Queen strews her table with paper leaves, so no space is lost.
There Is No Place Like Home cuts leaves and acorns from fall fabrics. They could be place markers or table favors -- or strewn about the table, too. Kelli also shares how to make a cornucopia for the table, using a basket, leaves, gourds and miniature vegetables.
ScooterBlu's Whimsy fills three carafes with fall-ish doo-dads, then tops each one with a candle. After Thanksgiving, she'll switch to a Christmas theme!
4 Reluctant Entertainers takes the kids for a walk to collect leaves, then tucks them into a glass vase, also topped with a candle.
What fast 'n' easy centerpiece are you working out this year? Leave a comment, a link.
BlogHer food editor Alanna Kellogg is thinking about a way to make cranberry chutney into a centerpiece for this year's feast.
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