jacked up, Thanksgiving style

Bypass the brass candlesticks and the Indian corn table decorations. This Thanksgiving, hand your guests knives and let them work out any holiday-related angst … and create your centerpiece at the same time!

Read on for how to create this new take on that old Halloween favorite, the jack-o’-lantern…

  1. Hollow
    out a winter squash jack-o’-lantern–style. (Large kabocha and acorn
    squash and even small pumpkins work great; just skip the spaghetti and
    carnival squash, as their skins are too tough to cut easily.) Remember,
    the bigger your squash, the easier it will be to carve — and the less
    likely your candle flame will scorch the squash’s lid. If your squash
    won’t sit flat on its own, cut off the bottom tip and set your squash
    on a saucer.

  1. Carve
    a Thanksgiving-themed image into your squash. I went with a maple leaf,
    turkey and abbreviated "thanks" here, but if your artistic skills are
    more Mondrian than Monet, just get six squash, carve one letter of the
    word "THANKS" in each one, and line them up along the middle of your

  1. Pop a tea light inside each squash, light it, and you’re good to glow!