Thanksgiving is just a few days away and for most of us this Thursday is going to feel a lot different. Our Thanksgiving is going to be small this year with just my own immediate family. No doubt I am going to miss seeing my extended family at the table. However, I still plan to make it as special as I can. The table will still be set with our best, candles will be lit, and we will fuss and tweak our cheese board so it is just so. So even though the crowd will be smaller, I will be putting forth my best effort to have it be a memorable day. And that also means decorating the table to the fullest. Admittedly, I LOVE decorating the table before any type of holiday meal or gathering at the table. In fact, I usually do it a few days in advance so it gets the house in that festive mood. I get not everyone sees this as their idea of fun so if you are looking for some extra inspiration for this year when many of us might not be feeling it, we have a couple ideas for quick and easy Thanksgiving centerpieces you can make in under 15 minutes.
The first one is our layered dried beans with some seasonal gourds that took us about 10 minutes to put together. We bought an assortment of dried beans and lentils in the grocery store, and then just poured them into the glass container in layers. Total cost was about $9. Also, you can use the beans after Thursday to make a bean soup or some turkey chili to use up all the leftovers. If you are a Dinner Daily member you can use the search bar on your Dinner Daily
And for next year when we are hopefully celebrating the holiday with friends and family again, keep this in mind for an easy Thanksgiving centerpiece you can give as a hostess gift. Although we designed ours to be a large centerpiece, you could do it in a smaller glass dish to bring as a hostess gift. Attach your favorite recipe using beans, and you have a thoughtful and useful gift that is certain to be appreciated.
If you are looking for something even more simple, try these candles and corn for your table. All it takes is a clear glass candle holder (any size), some simple white candles, and some plain corn bought at the store. So simple and if you do a row of these down your table it is an easy and beautiful centerpiece that is inexpensive and easy to put together. And this year, we could all do with things that are easy!