Nothing says "Thanksgiving" more than a beautifully decorated table. And nothing is quite as dramatic as a Cornucopia centerpiece. The cornucopia was a part of Greek mythology. Representative of a goat's horn, the cornucopia, or horn of plenty, was given by Zeus to Amalthea, his foster mother, who nursed him on goat's milk, so the legend says. In gratitude, Zeus presented her with the horn of a goat. From distant past until today, the cornucopia has represented a symbol of plenty and Thanksgiving
- The horn of plenty begins with a large basket in the shape of a horn. They are sold at garden shops in large supermarkets; at floral shops; or shops that specialize in baskets. For real drama, the larger the better. Into the basket you will pile apples, gourds, dried ears of corn, tiny decorative pumpkins, and bright red and green grapes. If oranges are in season, be sure to include a couple of bright oranges.
- Lay the horn on its side, preferably in the center of an oval tray. Spread whole nuts, still in the shell, onto the tray; on top of the nuts place the basket on its side, then pour nuts around it. This will be your support base.
- Into the narrow end of the basket place a few apples and oranges, much like you would stuff a Christmas stocking. They will be unseen. Then begin your piling on of fruits of the season. You will want to use the freshest fruits and the most colorful harvest vegetables.
- Start with the most sturdy red and green apples (they are lovely when polished). Then alternate colors of fruits and vegetables, until the bounty spills out.
- On either side, you may include small pie pumpkins. Use your imagination and don't stop rearranging until you are satisfied. Let the fruit seem to fall out, and grace the top with overhanging grapes.
- If you have a children's table, a small cornucopia could be filled with favorite fruits, wrapped candies and nuts. This is a special treat for a child with a Thanksgiving birthday. Include small gifts, and your birthday boy or girl will never feel slighted by the feast.
- If the thought of building a cornucopia seems overwhelming, then buy one from your florist, your supermarket produce or floral center, or online. Be sure to get your order in early for easy Thanksgiving delivery.
Above all allow yourself to enjoy the celebration with friends and family, and have a blessed and joyful Thanksgiving.