Think fall tables require only a well-placed turkey-shaped butter sculpture and you’re done? Think again, and this time, let your mind wander to your garden or local produce aisle. Autumn products using seasonal veggies are the way to freshen up your table repertoire. We’ve picked the top au natural tabletop projects, and add in online links to get you in step with the step-by-steps.
1. Part art project, part lesson in healthy living, snow pea leaping fish and tropical laughing tomato-heads help little ones learn about the bounty of the autumn harvest and are a great way to spend a rainy afternoon indoors together preparing the table as a family. The big bonus: great looking plates come dinnertime.
2. Pumpkins aren’t just for the front porch. Hollowed out, they make great tureens for veggie-based soups, and keep all those carb-loaded bread bowls off the guest plates. Done warming your tummy and have an extra pumpkin or two? Warm up the dining room atmosphere by filling them to the brim with autumn florals.
3. Veggie decor can be uber-functional, too. In fact, it can fulfill its natural function as food, be downright delectable as well as decoratively adorable, gracing both your plate and your palate with equal aplomb. Rose tomatoes and squash tulips can be done as artful garnishes at each setting or gathered in a gracious bunch at table’s—or buffet table’s—center for sharing.
Find the horizontal surface a bit stifling? Why not take the voluptuous veggies vertical, and hit the wall? Start with a solid green or grapevine wreath with a generous amount of florist’s foam. Skewer softer offerings such as kumquats and small squash, then secure with wire at the back before adding to the base wreath. Indian corn and goose-neck gourds can be secured directly to the wreath with wire. Weave in multi-colored leaves as desired. As the produce wilts, switch out for new outdoor offerings—the options for change are as endless as the garden grows.
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