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