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Four fall centerpieces

Maris Callahan is the author of "In Good Taste," and, as an avid self-taught home cook, is widely knowledgeable about all things culinary. She is especially passionate about helping women on-the-go cook healthy, delicious meals and snack...

With fall in full swing, there are numerous ways to dress your table for in-home entertaining. One of the most prominent ways to showcase seasonal style is with your centerpiece. Whether you want to achieve an elegant look or a fun, friendly vibe, look to fall produce such as pears, persimmons, and pumpkins to add some seasonal delight to your dinner party.

Fall Produce CenterpieceA BOWL OF BOUNTY

If you're short on time, pick up your table centerpiece at the grocery store. If you have a festive basket that you can fill with fall produce, make an informal arrangement of kumquats, squash, bell pepper, baby pumpkins, carrots, and persimmons that will set the stage for a delicious fall feast.

 

PumpkinsPUMPKIN VASE

When the kids are carving Jack-0'-lanterns or painting bright orange pumpkins, choose your own round, orange pumpkin to carve into a makeshift vase. To showcase flowers or a pretty scented candle, all you have to do is scoop the innards out of the pumpkin and fit a small plastic container inside. Fit a piece of floral foam inside the container and soak it with water to help flowers retain vitality; arrange flowers as desired and water daily.

 

Dine By CandlelightDINE BY CANDLELIGHT

A candle centerpiece can add an elegant touch to a meal or holiday event. Choose pumpkin or gourd-shaped molded candles that can light up a room, or opt for flameless candles that will never burn out. If you're looking for a more understated design, pick pillar candles in your favorite seasonal scents or colors and arrange them on a gilded tray to bring the display together.

 

Fall FloralsFALL FLORALS

Fresh flowers will always be in style, but the fall harvest season offers numerous options for floral centerpieces. Use a short or square vase and follow Martha Stewart's recommendations of an arrangement of roses, daffodils, ranunculuses, calla lilies, tulips, and hypericum berries in fall colors—yellow, peach, and shades of orange.

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