Have you ever noticed how a tall floral arrangement in the center of your dining table creates a problem? I find it obstructs my guests' views of each other, and interferes with their conversation. Large upright dramatic bouquets certainly are beautiful, but often they're not very practical.
This year we celebrated Thanksgiving a little early. I decided to create a focal point for our table that allowed family members more eye contact with one another, and encouraged easy interaction. Here's how you can re-create this autumn centerpiece that incorporates a little Southwest flair.
Large white oval platter
3 white mini-pumpkins
Package of assorted autumn accents that includes small pine cones, dried berries, and silk oak leaves. (I found mine at Home Goods)
2 packages dried red chili peppers
1 package dried orange chili peppers
Neutral raffia tie
Total cost: Approx. $20, not including platter
1. Sort through the chili peppers and set aside a few of the nicest ones to use as accents. Spread the rest of the chili peppers on the platter.
2. Position the pumpkins, placing the largest one in the center.
3. Place two pine cones together at one end, and then distribute the rest along the sides of the platter.
4. Arrange the colored leaves in the remaining spaces.
5. Put a sprig of dried berries on opposite sides toward each end of the platter.
6. Poke the saved chili peppers in between the pumpkins and at either end as special accents.
7. Tie a small piece of raffia around the stem of the middle pumpkin.
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