5 Fall-Inspired Centerpieces
By Natalie Tsang
November 16, 2011
1. Fresh Fruit
Autumn is traditionally festive because of a bountiful harvest. Back when our forefathers were farmers, fall was when a year of hard work finally paid off. Arrange apples and pears around a few candle tapers for an quick but chic look.
For a winter center piece, use fresh citrus or the holiday favorite, a pineapple.
Halloween may be over, but gourds and squashes are here for another month. These vegetables come in all shapes, sizes, and colors from green and orange acorn squashes, to striped and warty Sweet Dumpling pumpkins, to pretty Australian blue ones. If you're not of fan of mother nature's color choice, you can always paint them in more festive gold and silver.
Make small pyramids of pumpkins at the center of the table or line a different sized ones on top of a table runner. Best of all, you can send them home with guests with a few recipes. Zucchini and carrots also make colorful choices.
3. A Yule Log
This came from the Christmas tradition of burning the longest log possible to provide warmth and light. However, I've seen quite a few pictures of beautiful long gray and white branches decorate with tea lights or LED lights.
Autumn leaves are gorgeous and free! There are various ways to preserve and enhance the natural color such as dipping them in candle wax or painting them. I think that they're gorgeous wrapped around candles or scattered around the center of the table. However, my favorite way of seeing them arranged is skinny branches arranged in vases.
5. Nuts and Seeds
There's something really homey and sweet about a basket full of pine cones. Or even better, a small tree or branch with half a dozen dangling acorn ornaments. With Christmas just around the corner, it's sweet to have a wedding favor that doubles as an ornament.