Monday, September 27, 2010

Food Centerpieces

It is getting to be that time of year when my garden stops producing, which always makes me a little sad.  It is also that exciting time of the year though, when orchards, pumpkin patches, and cornfields become a source of fun and inspiration for down home fall decorating.

I went to the farmer's market last week and did something I have never done before.  I bought a cabbage.  Now, I love cabbage, but I have never bought one before.  This particular cabbage, however, was calling my name!  It looked like it was straight out of Peter Rabbit and I had to have it.  It was beautiful!  AND, it was only $1.50!  I took it home and plopped it into the center of my dinning room table!

This inspired me to come up with more ideas to use what autumn has given me to create some more centerpieces.  Now, we have all placed apples into a bowl and put them on our kitchen or dinning room tables, but I wanted to do something a little different, so I placed them inside a cylinder vase.  I love the way it looks!

I also tried it with some pears, which created a fun twist with the shapes.  I liked how the pear shapes looked inside the cylinder.

I decided I liked the apples better though, and started playing around with the red theme.  I was inspired to place these wonderfully vibrant red sweet peppers in a stark white bowl and showcase their beauty instead of keeping them in the fridge. 

We can't do fall without pumpkins!  Or, at least gourds!  I saw this idea in a magazine and decided to try it out too, since I was in such a food themed decorating mood.  I took that clear cylinder once again and placed some bird seed inside--which my 5-year-old helped me do.  The two of us (and the baby) went looking for a branch in the yard, but my husband saved the day by snagging a very sturdy one off a tree.  We planted it into the bird seed, than used twine to tie around the gourds and then onto the branches' stems.  Now, we have a great pumpkin tree! 

I love all of these ideas, but really love our pumpkin tree.  It is a little bigger than I first anticipated, thanks to Daddy thinking we needed a more sturdy branch, but I love that it has colorful fall leaves still attached.  I think we'll keep this idea around for next year!


  1. Oh I love the pumpkin tree, which I have seen before but still so cute.

    And watch any babies around the peppers if you leave them out. My in-laws always have some sitting on the table (pops likes to eat them, says they help diabetes) they really don't mix with little ones. lol

  2. Thanks Sheena! The peppers are sweet peppers, so no worries if the baby got ahold of one!