Here are some quick and easy centerpiece ideas for your Thanksgiving table.
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Thanksgiving Centerpiece and Setup Ideas
Renee Syler: Hi everyone, welcome to Parents TV. I'm Renee Syler. Today we’ve got some Thanksgiving prep tips for all you busy moms out there face it what mom isn’t easy. Kim Bensen is here with some quick and easy centerpiece ideas. Hi Kim!
Kim Bensen: Hey Renee.
Renee Syler: Good to see you again.
Kim Bensen: Good to see you. Can you believe it’s this time of the year [voice overlap].
Renee Syler: I can't. And you know what just a little touch really makes it that much more special isn’t it?
Kim Bensen: It does it really does.
Renee Syler: Yes and we love the quick and easy part so do tell.
Kim Bensen: Oh I will. When it’s Thanksgiving time of the year we get out of the attic and get our old decorations and the kids the first thing they yell is where’s the turkey.
Renee Syler: Is this being the turkey head?
Kim Bensen: This turkey head is 15 years old and it’s really not too attractive-looking by itself because it looks decapitated but it’s one of the quick and easiest and most centerpiece ideas for kids. It’s made out of a pattern and it’s just felt and just a little bit of hot glue, it’s a rickrack and you can cut it out and you're going to make a turkey that you can use year after year.
Renee Syler: And we don’t have to saw which is hot glue.
Kim Bensen: Hot glue some rickrack a little bit of felt, it’s really easy it’s so simple.
Renee Syler: And then how do we put it in there?
Kim Bensen: You want to buy a pineapple with a nice top to it because that’s going to be your tail and I like to sit and do this a little bit to get it fluffing up. But then all you have to do is stick it on and then I take a straight pin and I put it in like this and you have the world’s quickest centerpiece.
Renee Syler: There he is and look he doesn’t look a day over three.
Kim Bensen: But I love this centerpiece you can eat. For the end of the meal you cut it up and you have a low-fat snack as well.
Renee Syler: Here we go. How many, is that 75 calories?
Kim Bensen: 75 calories per cup of pineapple.
Renee Syler: Okay good. Excellent that’s a good one. Tell me about this. I love these little flowers in the board. So cute.
Kim Bensen: We’re going to do that on a little bit scale. We’re going to each fill the pumpkin together and you're going to see how easy this is and actually I've already done the hard work. I've hollowed it out. You just carve out your little pumpkin and hollow out the seeds and you can throw away the lid. Now you want a bigger opening if you're going to use a potted plant and you want a smaller opening if you're going to use the base.
Renee Syler: When you say use a potted plant you mean put the whole pot inside?
Kim Bensen: All you have to do is to take the whole potted plant.
Renee Syler: It doesn’t fit any easier than that.
Kim Bensen: Or you can bring this side. I like doing that on a large scale with a big mom on my French steps, but for inside I like doing this as a base. So all you have to do is to take some cut flowers and just start building it around like I did here with the little mom with the little gourd and you can use anything that’s in your yard even and some leaves. You can go to the store and see what's on sale.
Renee Syler: And do you want the leaves still?
Kim Bensen: You can have them greenery whatever looks good for whatever flowers you got, some have more green some have less. You can put baby’s breath in. One thing that you can also do is you can take and put a little glass one of those inexpensive candlestick holders and put it in first or we can even just stick this because the flowers will hold it. Then you don’t want to build it too high if you add the candle to it.
Renee Syler: Hey I like wine. [Voice overlap]
Kim Bensen: Isn’t that pretty? You're great at arranging and I'm not so this is what I do. Sometimes you have potted plants that are two per five and they're really inexpensive. So all I do is I just do a couple of big snips. I fill my base up with water.
Renee Syler: I love this too.
Kim Bensen: And you're done you can cool it out a little bit and then you can put your little guy in.
Renee Syler: And the water is okay in here. How long would be we expect this to last?
Kim Bensen: Well the pumpkin and the fresh cut flowers last about the same amount of time, a week to 10 days and I kind of figure when I see fruit fries buzzing around it’s time to throw the whole thing out.
Renee Syler: Good idea good point and all of these are on your website right including the pattern for the turkey.
Kim Bensen: kimbensen.com.
Renee Syler: Excellent, thank you Kim.
Kim Bensen: Thanks Renee.
Renee Syler: I'm going to try some of these great ideas at home and to check it out you can go to goodenoughmother.com. Thanks for watching Parents TV we’ll you next time.