28-30" dryer hose that is 4" in diameter
Orange paint (I used Delta paint from Michaels)
Cut wire with wire cutters. Use floral wire in several places to hold cut edges together to form a complete circle (drawn close in middle). Paint with orange craft paint. Once dry, glue a twisted piece of a brown paper bag to the top center as a stem (glue upright). Add a piece of small silk ivy as the vine 4-6" or less, if desired.
The other half of the table I decorated with a red tablecloth and Christmas table runner and matching fabric napkins. I used a Santa head cookie jar as my centerpiece on this side along with a white and red Christmas candle.
Menu: The menu was traditional meals that are normally served at these two holidays. As our main dishes, I served turkey and ham which I paired with mashed potatoes and stuffing. I also served a small plate with two jellos -- one a mandarin orange to represent Thanksgiving and the other a cranberry red to represent Christmas.
Cranberry Marble Mold
2 (3 ounce) packages of cherry jello
2 cups boiling water
1 (8¾ ounce) can crushed pineapple
1 (1 pound) can whole cranberry sauce
1 cup sour cream
Dissolve jello in water. Stir in pineapple. Chill until partially set. Fold in cranberries and turn into an 8” square pan. Spoon sour cream a top. Stir to marble.
Mandarin Orange Salad
1 (3 ounce) package of orange gelatin
1 cup boiling water
1 (6 ounce) can frozen orange juice
½ cup cold water
1 can Mandarin oranges, drained
2 bananas, sliced
Dissolve gelatin in hot water; add frozen orange juice and cold water. Chill. Add Mandarin oranges and bananas. Chill until firm. Serve on lettuce lined plates. Serves 8.
Petite Cherry Cheesecakes
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
¾ cup sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla
24 vanilla wafers
1 (21 ounce) can cherry pie filling
Beat cream cheese, sugar, eggs, lemon juice, and vanilla till light and fluffy. Line small muffin pans with paper baking cups and place a vanilla wafer in the bottom of each cup. Fill the cups 2/3 full with cream cheese mixture. Bake in 375 degree oven for 15-20minutes or till set. Top each with about 1 tablespoon pie filling; chill. Makes about 20.
*Need 1½ times the recipe for 24 muffin cups.
As Thanksgiving approaches this year, I would like to wish you a Happy Thanksgiving. May you enjoy this time with family and friends. If Thanksgiving passes and you find yourself needing to plan a dinner, why not try out this fun mix of both holidays. Just love this season!!