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DIY Winter Yeti Cookie Centerpiece

Hi There! We are here to bring cheer to the dreariness of winter! Xo The Yetis

Hi There! We are here to bring cheer to the dreariness of winter! Xo The Yetis

When one sets tables and makes centerpieces for a living, its a bit crazy how little pre-planning occurs in your own personal life. This past Christmas Eve, at around approx. 4pm I realized I had no centerpiece for our dinner table. A trip to the garage and a walk around our Christmas tree turned up a few simple yet festive elements that made for a cute centerpiece and inspired the idea to create a few other versions throughout the year…

My Christmas Eve in a pinch centerpiece.. If I had the time, I would have glittered these pinecones... I think it really would have added to the cuteness.

My Christmas Eve “in a pinch” centerpiece.. If I had the time, I would have glittered these pinecones and maybe added some moss… I think it really would have added to the cuteness. There’s always Christmas 2015!

To DIY the Winter version of this fishbowl centerpiece you will need a fishbowl vase with or without a pedestal (see similar options here), Yeti cookies (see how to make them here), marshmallows in 2 sizes and sugar.

My fishbowl vase is vintage Martha By Mail. You may be able to find one on Ebay. Clean well with windex before filling.

My fishbowl vase is vintage Martha By Mail. You may be able to find one on Ebay or Etsy. Clean well with windex before filling (I missed the pedestal a bit- oops!)

Add sugar to the vase for a base- for a vase this size I used 6 cups.

Add sugar to the vase for a base- for a vase this size I used 6 cups.

I left the sugar uneven to create a bit of mountain effect.

I left the sugar uneven to create a bit of mountain effect.

Next add marshmallows in 2 sizes.

Next add marshmallows in 2 sizes.

Add some stacked mini marshmallows around the sides to create interest.

Add some stacked mini marshmallows around the sides to create interest.

Next add your Yeti cookies. We are not going to be eating these so I left my cookies out on the counter overnight so they would harden up.

Next add your Yeti cookies. We are not going to be eating these so I left my cookies out on the counter overnight so they would harden up. Carefully press down until the Yeti feet dig into the sugar base.

Use marshmallows to secure them into a standing position.

Use marshmallows to secure them into a standing position.

Add to your table, a shelf or mantle and enjoy! They make me smile every time I look at them!

Add to your table, a shelf or mantle and enjoy! They make me smile every time I look at them! #smilingismyfavorite

If you’d like to make this as a yummy, edible centerpiece (maybe served with tabletop s’mores?) you can set it up the night before your event, just be sure to add plastic wrap to the top of your fishbowl vase to make it airtight. FUN! It would also look great with snowflake cookies, winter animals, or even a few Love Angels!

We are going to have some fishbowl fun this year here on the blog! Look for more festive fishbowl centerpiece ideas coming right up! Xo Dani

A Golden Thanksgiving Table

Gobble Gobble!

Gobble Gobble!

I don’t particularly appreciate being rushed from Holiday to Holiday… Sure, I like to think ahead, but seeing Christmas decor and candy being put on the shelves while I’m still shopping for Halloween just freaks me out. Now that Halloween craziness is over, I’m super excited to move on to Thanksgiving and, more importantly, setting our Thanksgiving table.

"Gooseneck Gourds" doing their thing on Halloween with our Eye On You Hug Monster

“Gooseneck Gourds” doing their thing on Halloween with our Eye On You Hug Monster

I did think ahead this year in one sense when it came to my Thanksgiving table decor. Every year pumpkin picking turns out to be one of my favorite days… The farm we go to, Eastmont Orchards, has a huge selection of gourds and I can spend hours sifting through them. This year I stocked up on small “gooseneck gourds” knowing that I’d use them for Halloween and then later transform them for Thanksgiving…

Technically "goosenecks" refer to the bigger green gourd variety but these smaller ones also fit the bill shape wise. We will be using both to craft with in Novemeber.

Technically “goosenecks” refer to the bigger green gourd variety but these smaller ones also fit the bill shape wise. We will be using both to craft with in November…

Armed with a jar of gold tinsel glitter and a few other craft items I transformed my natural gourds into these golden turkey friends!

Well hello there!

Well hello there!

 See all the DIY steps to how I made these Golden Gourd table accent turkeys here at SheKnows.com 

Since the glitter sheds, I also spray painted a few of the gourds to use as place card holders. As much as I love glitter, I don’t like getting it on the plates we will be eating from.

So pretty!

So pretty! 

Setting a table with place cards helps avoid that awkward "where do we sit" moment before a meal. Plus its a fun way to add extra decor to your table!

Setting a table with place cards helps avoid that awkward “where do we sit” moment before a meal. Plus its a fun way to add extra decor to your table!

While I was out shopping for spray paint, I was reminded of a fun mason jar project I pinned on PinterestMason jars have been trending for a while but I don’t see any signs of that stopping!

I love the glow created by using flaoting candles in these mini mason jar candle holders. That glow and sparkle lights up your table and guests faces and is quite beautiful.

We used a mix of tealights and floating candles in these mini mason jars. I have always loved the extra shimmer created by using floating candles. That glow and sparkle will light up your table and guests faces and is quite beautiful.

I changed the original idea up a bit using the smaller jars and adding glitter at the rim. See the DIY details on how to make these golden glittery tealights here on SheKnows.com 

With my craft projects complete I was ready to set the table…

Golden Gourds, Golden Glitter Turkey Gourds and Golden Tealight Holders

Golden Gourds, Golden Glitter Turkey Gourds and Golden Tealight Holders

I love the way the two textures of gold look together on our set table! I used brown a gift tags for place cards and used a white pencil to write the names on them.

I love the way the all the mixed textures of gold work together to create an overall warm and welcoming feel.

For setting the table I used a huge piece of ivory burlap instead of a traditional tablecloth. I love how the ivory makes it a bit more dressy than basic burlap (which I also love) but still adds a slight bit of rustic feel. I love to add “sprinkles” to all of my table designs. “Sprinkles” can be anything from rose petals, to confetti, to feathers and they just add an extra dimension of festiveness to the overall look. In this case the white feather “sprinkles” enhance our turkey gourd mascots and give a little preview to our upcoming dessert cookie platter.

Happy November! If you are out and about and haven’t already, pick up a variety of small gooseneck gourds as well as a larger one if you can find it (Local farm stands or whole foods are your best bets). In the weeks ahead we are going to show you how to make a larger version of these golden gourd turkeys for the center of your table.  For now, we will enjoy these guys…

Life is Sweet! Gobble Gobble!

Life is Sweet! Gobble Gobble!

Happy DIY crafting! Xo Dani