Last week I was watching a chef, who I cannot remember his name, showed a few ideas of how to decorate your table, without spending the money you were going to use to buy the matching jets from Neiman’s catalog. He used the miniature pumpkins and had one for each guests. Using a biscuit cutter, he pressed it into the top of each pumpkin making a round cut across the top. Using a spoon, he scooped this out (being careful not to cut all the way through, but created a hold to set in a small tea light candle. He then wrote with glue, each person’s name and then sprinkled glitter on the glue. This was what he used for name place cards. Looked so pretty and the candlelight at each place added such a warm glow to the table.
At our house, we would need to use the little battery tea lights, as the little darlings that we would have would have the entire table engulfed in flames before the turkey was carved. Thought it was worth passing on.
Another great idea is to make your sweet potatoes in individual servings. Using an orange, cut the orange in half horizontally. Scoop out the entire meat of the orange, reserving the juice. Use half as many oranges as you have people. In other words, if you are having 10 people, use 5 oranges, as they will be cut in half.
Mix up your favorite sweet potato casserole, but add some of the orange juice to the mixture.. Instead of just baking it in a casserole dish, spoon about 1/2 cup of the sweet potato mixture into the shell of the orange. Place in a lightly greased baking dish and bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for about 20-25 minutes or until it is bubbly. The last few minutes of baking, top with a marshmallow which has been cut in half, using only a half per shell. If your favorite recipe calls for streusel, omit the marshmallow and just top as you would with the streusel.