Bittersweet Pumpkin Centerpiece by Homes and Gardens
20 September 2012 9,202 views No Comment
Bittersweet Pumpkin Centerpiece White pumpkins and twisted vines of bittersweet put on an unrivaled display. Wrap long berry-laden vines two or three times around medium-size pumpkins, and secure the ends with florist's wire. Parade the wrapped pumpkins down the center of the table. Add to the warm autumn mood with glass votives partially filled with bittersweet berries. Bittersweet vines are also lovely tucked into a colored glass bottle, swirled inside a clear hurricane, or used as an accent with other fall plants. Editor's Tip: To better preserve the color of bittersweet berries, keep the cut ends of the stems in about an inch of water while the berries dry out over a few days. Bittersweet berries hold their color for several weeks, making them a long-lasting seasonal accent. Painted Acorns Centerpiece Oak trees drop beautiful elements perfect for a fall centerpiece. Acorns become easy ornaments with a coat of acrylic paint on the seeds and loops of twine glued to the caps. Drape the acorn ornaments on a branch slipped inside a shapely vase. Place the vase in a silver tray filled with unpainted acorns. Bright red accents -- vase, napkins, and place mats -- add vibrant appeal. Editor's Tip: Choose an accent that suits your tableware palette. The hues of fall -- red, orange, gold, and yellow -- are particularly lovely in accessories, but blue, purple, and green shades also add an unexpected burst of color to the nut-brown vignette. Flowers Under Glass Flip your thinking -- this creative centerpiece turns wine and champagne glasses on their heads for a fancy, no-fuss eye-catcher. Trim full-bloom florals at their stem, then tuck them under glasses. A charger helps bump it up a notch. Editor's Tip: Fake flowers work just as well and last through the entire season. Tray with Fall Fruits Dress up your dining table -- without hindering conversation -- by making a festive, low-profile centerpiece. Cut branches of hypericum berries and chartreuse spider chrysanthemums short enough to just peek over the tops of several glass vases; then arrange them down the center of a long tray. Fill out the rest of the tray with apples, pears, and bunches of elderberries to create an abundant display. Leaf and Flower Bundle Small rose bouquets rest beside a linen satchel supporting a branch of fall-color leaves. Before placing it in the linen bag, secure the branch in a planter with florist's foam to help it stay upright. If it's top-heavy, weigh it down with stones or use a smaller branch. Fall Gourd Vase A hollowed-out gourd makes an excellent vase and fresh fall centerpiece. Pumpkins of varying sizes and colors, as well as beautiful red flowers, give this centerpiece a fun, fall feel that will be perfect for your table all season long. Editor's Tip: For even more autumn influence, incorporate a branch of turned leaves. Simply place it on the table, prop it against a pumpkin, or slip it into the flower arrangement in the gourd. Candles with Fallen Leaves Placing fallen leaves on candles is a simple way to decorate for fall. Use candles of different heights and statures to add variety to the decoration, and place them in a shallow dish with pebbles to transform them into a portable and beautiful centerpiece. Use coats of decoupage medium to secure leaves onto candles. Meredith Corporation.