Highlights of dark candles and orange-patterned accent plates add surprising contrast to a formally set dining table. Large resin turkeys that were gilded with faux gold leaf create a centerpiece, while smaller plastic ones, similarly treated, preen around the table with molded beeswax turkey candles. At each setting, elegant gold-rimmed plates and glassware contrast with the rough-hewn, stripped wood of the rustic table. A napkin was folded accordion-style to evoke a turkey with its tail unfurled and then affixed with a store-bought embossed golden Dresden ornament. A variety of antique silver and mother-of-pearl-handled flatware add to the reflective richness. Even the knife rest and the bread and butter plate continue the avian motif.
We used faux gold leaf for this project, but metallic floral spray (see the Guide) also works well. If painting, you will need only the turkeys and the paint. Use the same method and medium if doing multiple projects, since colors and finishes vary. It takes about 20 large sheets of gold leaf to cover a large turkey and 3 for a small one.
Turkey Napkin Fold
The accordion folds of the napkin suggest a turkey's tail feathers. A golden Dresden ornament embossed with a turkey makes a fitting finishing touch.
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