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Thanksgiving Centerpieces Your Senior Loved One Can Make

By Mary-Frances Walsh, 9:00 am on

With the holidays fast approaching, fall is the perfect season for spending quality time with an older loved one. Simple crafts enable young and old to get together and create festive centerpieces for the dinner table. Below are a handful of ideas home caregivers in Sonoma County can try with their loved ones.

Fall Candles

Get three or more candles of different heights in a solid color. Using twine, attach artificial fall-colored leaves in a band around each candle. Position the candles on a plate or platter and surround the display with acorns, pinecones and greens. 

Fall Table Runner

Across the midline length of the dinner table, alternate groupings of various colors and sizes of gourds and pumpkins with wooden slabs that serve as the base for a trio of solid colored candles. 

Glowing Elegance

Atop a rustic, unfinished wood plank, create one or more groupings of variable-sized, unscented white pillar candles. Accent the display with nuts, seasonal produce, pine greens or grasses. 

Paint Miniature Gourds or Pumpkins

Gather miniature gourds and acrylic paints. Seniors and live-in Sonoma County, CA, caregivers can paint festive scenes or have a planned theme. Paint some of the gourds white. Spell “thanks” by assigning a letter to each little pumpkin. Other options might include a pumpkin bearing the names of loved ones, fall-colored leaves or similar seasonal designs.

Pumpkin Pyramid

Acquire nine miniature pumpkins with stems to create a three-tiered pyramid having five on the bottom, three in the middle and one on top. Paint all, half or none of the pumpkins white. Paint the stems gold, or apply glue to each stem and roll in gold glitter. Create the pyramid and insert artificial fall-colored flowers into the open spaces.

Pumpkin Vase

Paint a plastic, hollow pumpkin or leave the natural orange color if desired. Fill the container with real or artificial flowers, grasses, evergreen sprigs or other festive decorations.

For more ideas on how to keep your loved one engaged this Thanksgiving, contact Home Care Assistance at (707) 843.4368. We are a trusted provider of live-in and hourly at-home care Sonoma County seniors rely on to help with daily activities such as meal preparation, exercise and housekeeping. Call today to have an experienced Care Manager customize a care plan for your loved one.