Celebrate in style with this magnificent centerpiece
Valerie Arelt selects fall fruits for their colors ― red pomegranates and apples, and orange persimmons, kumquats, and mandarins. She incorporates clusters of fresh pink peppercorns and red berries such as nandina, and fresh flowers such as coral freesia. For foliage, Arelt likes chestnut, eucalyptus, liquidambar, magnolia, maple, and oak leaves mixed with citrus and grape leaves. Green winter wheat and dill weed also work well in this kind of centerpiece. If you use kale as a focal point, buy small plants from a nursery (they will be smaller and fresher than kale purchased in the produce department of the grocery), then remove the soil and submerge the plants in water.