Mini pumpkin gourds
Pumpkin carving kit
Pencil or chalk
This year, as usual, the Thanksgiving table will look spectacular. Delicious food, pretty place settings – even those long, sleek, taper candles, in fall colors. They are so gorgeous, aren’t they? But there are a couple of reasons why you might want to consider replacing those candles for other ones this year. Number one, a change is always good, and secondly, they can often block eye-to-eye conversation with other guests at the dinner table. Let’s pack those tapers away this Thanksgiving and opt for shorter, yet no less cuter, candles. Gourd tea lights sit closet to the table, come in pretty fall colors, and offer ambiance throughout the special day.
Every fall season, grocery stores – and other places – feature assorted, decorative things. It could be Indian corn; it could be gourds. Have you ever seen the gourds that look like tiny pumpkins? They’re orange, they’re white, and maybe other colors. They can be left featuring the colors that they are or they can be painted gold, silver, white, or other shades. The small gourds – or mini pumpkins – look fabulous as Thanksgiving dinner candles.
With all of the delicious smells coming out of your kitchen on Thanksgiving day, you might opt for candles with no scent, or you might prefer scented candles. Either way, buy tea lights that come in flimsy, metallic containers, to use with the gourds.
Choose a small, pumpkin-shaped gourd, and set a tea light (in its container) on it. Draw around it with a pencil or a piece of chalk. Use a pumpkin carving kit to cut out the circle and to scoop out the meat and seeds. Leave the candle in its container and lower it into the gourd. Position the candle where the top of its container aligns with the top of the gourd – or sits a bit lower.
You have many choices for candle colors, gourd colors, and more, when it comes to the Thanksgiving dinner tea lights. Put a line of them down the middle of the table or group several in the center. You can even write words on the gourds, such as “Thanks”, “Thanksgiving”, or “Family”. Just use a marker and write what you want.
Maybe you’ve tapered candles over the years because that is what was on the table when you grew up. But nowadays, you have so many other choices for Thanksgiving candles, and gourds are one of the lovelier ones. You’ll recognize that as soon as you get some made!