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.
Thomas J. Story
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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.
Rob D. Brodman
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"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.
Photo by Thomas J. Story; written by Paige Porter Fischer
10 of11Photo 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.