Don’t forget the turkey decorations

Christmas carols are floating through the air in local cafes and
shops, lights and motorized Santas are popping up in storefront
windows, and bags of Halloween candy are still sitting on clearance
in giant bins in grocery stores.
Christmas carols are floating through the air in local cafes and shops, lights and motorized Santas are popping up in storefront windows, and bags of Halloween candy are still sitting on clearance in giant bins in grocery stores.

In the world of retail, the tendency is to skip a few weeks and advance to the biggest money-making holiday of the year, leaving Thanksgiving decorations with little more than a passing glance from shoppers. But a handful of South Valley retailers are carrying hot new turkey day trends, as well as some of the more traditional décor.

“As far as colors go, blue and yellow are really in this fall season for decoration,” said Jackie G., a sales associate at Kelly’s Gift Place in Hollister.

White pumpkins are one of this year’s signature harvest decorating trends, she said. The ceramic pumpkins have diamonds cut out, and with a light placed inside, the pumpkins glow.

Another illuminating decoration that makes a great centerpiece is made with floating candles placed inside glass cylinders. The cylinders can be filled with a variety of fall-themed decorations, such as plastic cranberries and autumn leaves. They’re then filled with water, and the floating candles rest at the top. When lit, the candles illuminate the entire cylinder. Craft stores such as Michael’s, Target and Jo-Ann sell the supplies.

Another way to decorate the home is with paper products. Paper plates, cups and linens are available in a harvest motif.

“We have paper turkeys you fold out, banners that say ‘Thanksgiving,’ confetti and all the paper goods,” said Michelle Cooper, a sales associate at the Paper Outlet in Gilroy. “They’re great because you can just chuck them when the holiday dinner is over.”

Some holiday decorations look better when purchased pre-made. But others can be crafted at home – a fun activity for the kids – with the right supplies.

Floating Candle Cylinders

You will need:

3 glass cylinders of different heights

3 floating candles

1 bushel of faux fall leaves

Step 1: Snip the fall leaves off the stems and arrange them in the cylinders where you’d like them placed.

Step 2: Fill the cylinders with water, about an inch from the top.

Step 3: Place floating candles in the water and light for a beautiful holiday look.

Wheat Bundles

courtesy Better Homes and Gardens

Perfect for an added touch at each place setting.

Step 1: Tie bundles of dried wheat with a few blades of fresh bear grass (available though florists), and clip the tied ends so they are even.

Step 2: Set a number of bundles in a large wooden bread bowl and display at the entry or as a table centerpiece. The wheat wands make great take-home gifts for party guests as well.

Another festive touch is sending Thanksgiving guests home with a harvest-themed favor, such as scented pine cones or wintery-scented potpourri.

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