Centerpieces and Tablesettings
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Cake Stand Centerpiece - Place a medium sized perfect pumpkin on a pedestal cake platter in the center of the table. Embellish the pumpkin with ivy vines, including a few trailing down to the table. Add a few clusters of berries and nuts around the pumpkin.
Confetti on a Runner - Lay a plain color runner down the center of your dining room table. (Sew it yourself or for no-sew just iron under 2" of each edge of a 12-18" wide piece of fabric cut to the length of your table.) Down the runner arrange some candles, pine cones, and mini pumpkins or gourds. Sprinkle the runner with Halloween glitter confetti and/or some colorful candy corn kernels.
Jack-O-Lantern Faces - If you don't have time to carve your pumpkins, draw on a face with black permanent marker. Then use that design to cut your jack-o-lantern later. Cut pumpkins no sooner than 3 days before Halloween in cool climates, or the night before in warmer areas.
Mini Bouquets - Fill several small vases or glasses with a handful of fall flowers and greens. Use one at each placesetting, or arrange down the center of the table. Scatter a fall leaves around.
Pumpkin Candleholders - Hollow out a cavity in the top of mini pumpkins and fit tightly with taper or votive candles, for unique and inexpensive candleholders. Place on glass plates to protect your table.
Pumpkin Placecards - With a knife, saw a 1/2" vertical slit in the top of a mini pumpkin. Fill out placecards and fit them into the cuts of the pumpkins. Place one pumpkin placecard at each placesetting.
Pumpkin Vase - Hollow out a pumpkin and clean it (but don't carve into a jack-o-lantern). Fit the inside with a small vase or glass. The opening of the pumpkin should just be large enough to hold the vase so it doesn't tip. Arrange fresh flowers and berries in the vase, adding some ivy or leaves draping over the top of the pumpkin, to hide the cut edge and vase. Be sure to refill with water daily so flowers stay fresh. Replace flowers as they wilt. You can use dried flowers and leaves with this idea also, fitting them into a foam filled container in the pumpkin.
Wreath and Pumpkin - For a quick centerpiece, lay a grapevine wreath on your table and fill the center with fresh vegetables, apples, and mini pumpkins. Fill in any gaps with berries, nuts, and leaves. (These should sit in a plate or bowl hidden by the wreath.) For a longer lasting arrangement, use artificial items.
Classic Centerpiece - Arrange a variety of different sized pumpkins in the center of your dining table. Start with the largest in the center, then add smaller and smaller pumpkins staggered on each side. Add an odd number of tall or fat candles (use rust, beige, gold, yellow, or green), then tuck some preserved leaves, mini corn, gourds, pinecones, or berries in the gaps. (Keep dried materials away from candle flames, and place pumpkins on plates or plastic.)©1999-2003, Glenna J. Morton - #990901aGJM - FallDECOR1
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