The rich red color and hard texture of the pomegranate make it the perfect fruit to write on. Use permanent or liquid ink in gold, silver, or black.
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Thomas J. Story
At the kids’ table, recycled paper makes great restaurant-style placemats. Personalized sets of crayons invite the kids to have fun.
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Pear place card
Attach a metal plant tag to stem fruit.
The tags, available from garden stores, turn fruits with stems into instant place-setters. Cut the tag to size, then write the name on it with a black permanent marker.
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Rob D. Brodman
"Illuminating natural elements gives such nice texture and warmth," Margi says.
Here, she placed a small glass hurricane inside a larger one with about a ¼-inch space between and slipped in wheat. Place a candle in the center (be sure your candle is shorter than the height of the inner glass).
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Hazelnut place card
Cut a slit in a chestnut for a place card.
Use a craft knife to make the cut. Silver ink reads well on dark brown paper, and scalloped scissors give the card a decorative edge.
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Leaf place card
Write a name on the back of a magnolia leaf.
Use a pen with white or silver ink. The leathery texture of the leaf complements table linens. Coordinate the napkin color.
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Photo by Thomas J. Story; written by Paige Porter Fischer
Use a wooden plank as a stage for seasonal produce, such as plums, pears, apples, figs, and pattypan squash. Weave crabapple branches throughout for added texture, and stagger candles nestled in pebble-filled votive holders for ambience.
Bring the bold colors and rich textures of the season onto your hoilday table with a sumptuous fall flower arrangement. Eleanor Gerber-Siff, owner and lead floral designer of San Francisco-based Wallflower Design, showed us how to create this stunning centerpiece.