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How to Create a Thanksgiving Cornucopia

How to Create a Modern Cornucopia This Thanksgiving

Cornucopias have been a symbol of harvest and abundance since the days of Ancient Greece. And today, the horn-shaped basket spilling with fruits, grains, and other earthly treasures is just as emblematic of Thanksgiving as a juicy Butterball. However, if this autumnal motif puts a chink your chic-party-decor chain, here are a few tips to update the time-honored "horn of plenty" into a modern centerpiece.

  • Use more refined materials. A wicker basket may be too rustic for your fabulous fete. Instead, opt for baskets or vases made out of glass or metal. The Black Metal Cornucopia ($25), seen above, brings a new twist to the Thanksgiving staple. Also, the glass Blenko 964 Amethyst Horn Cornucopia Vase ($95) from Etsy seller mid2mod is a really sleek alternative.
  • Spray paint your offerings to match your palette. Sometimes greens, reds, and yellows aren't great for complementing the rest of your soiree. Gather plastic fruits, acorns, and ears of wheat and spray paint them to match your dinnerware. When in doubt, metallic whites, blacks, and silvers really pop. Not into DIY? These painted pears ($8) will add appeal to your bounty.
  • Go monochromatic. Keep things simple and compile a cornucopia of same-colored elements.
  • Bring in nontraditional elements. If you're going for modern, opt for the not-so-literal route. Feathers for ears of wheat. Shiny baubles for apples. Rocks for grapes. Your guests will be thankful for the creative interpretation.
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