According to my mother, now that I am 30 years old, I need to learn how to make Thanksgiving dinner solo. Talk about a huge scary task. I am no Martha Stewart in the kitchen, but I do make a mean pot of mashed potatoes, which is usually my contribution to this holiday feast. However, just like a domestic turkey, that is not going to fly this year!
Wow, what a shock. I have a very large close knit family. With my parents, bother, sisters, significant others, and the children, there will be 24 very hungry people at my house on November 25. This may be the first time in my life where I am thinking maybe I have bitten off more than I can chew.
This past weekend, I had the prerequisite menu meeting with my mom. She is giving me some guidance, which I am most humbly accepting. I guess that would be the silver lining. I have been so worried about everything, that it seems this dinner is already haunting my dreams. I needed to find a focus where I could put all of this negative energy to good use. It is far too early to start shopping and cooking now, but I do have the option of making some really cute decor with the girls to decorate for this magnanimous event. It was during this time when we were hanging all of our cute paper turkeys up that I realized we could make Thanksgiving dinner invites out of these adorable soap turkeys.
The time that is invested in these little guys is really worth it. They are fun and festive, and a really great way to let people know that Thanksgiving dinner is something to look forward to this year.
Supplies Needed (to make 24 soap turkeys):
Microwave Safe bowl
Small paint brush
(24) Sandwich size Ziploc bags
Paper and Pen
Stainless Steel Measuring Utensil
Stainless Steel mixing spoon
Any decorative items for the paper invites (optional)
First Step- Using your knife, cut the Oatmeal Melt and Pour Soap. I suggest cutting the total 2 pound slab into the perforated 40 cubes. When all cubes are loose, put 13 of them into the microwave safe container.
Second Step- Start melting the soap in 30 second increments. When all of the soap is in liquid form, remove from the microwave. Gently stir the soap to ensure that there are no hidden chunks in the bottom. Add half of an ounce of Frosted Pumpkin
Fragrance Oil. Stir.
Third Step- Lay the Tommy Turkey mold flat. Slowly pour the mixture into the mold cavities.
Fourth Step- Let the mold sit for 15 minutes. Once the soap starts to get a skin on it, carefully move the move to the refrigerator.
Remove and pop soaps out once they are completely hardened.
Sixth Step- On your clean working surface lay the turkeys with the flat side down. Lightly dust cornstarch onto each one. Once all turkeys have a light dusting, gently pick each one up individually to work the cornstarch over the entire surface. Do not skip this
step. Using cornstarch is the best way to ensure you don’t have an issue when it comes to painting.
Seventh Step- Get the paint ready. This is where I really let the girls go wild. Feel free to use any color combination of soap paint that you would like. If you want to do multiple layers of paint, it is best to wait until the initial layer of color is dry.
Eighth Step- Once all of the turkeys are colored and dry, it is time to place each one into the Ziploc bag. You are now ready to make the invites.
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