Autumn marks the beginning of the most stressful time of year for entertaining. The Halloween ghosts and goblins are no sooner put away and it’s time to think about the next round of holidays. Thanksgiving is just around the corner, followed by Christmas, and then the final blow out New Years. Wouldn’t it be nice to ease into this hectic season?
One way is to simplify, and by that I mean everything. Don’t invite people over, or if you do, order pizza. Greet them at the door in your pajamas and throw them out as soon as possible. Then have a glass of wine and congratulate yourself for being so clever. Wouldn’t that be nice?
Not going to happen, right? Well, I know of one area that can be simplified and that is your autumn table settings. We all love those elaborate, and yes expensive, floral arrangements that we see in magazines, but who can afford that hefty price tag. So you try to make one yourself, and you end up with something that resembles a compost heap. Well, there is a better way. The following instructions explain how to make a classic, elegant, and yes simple centerpiece.
- 10-15 Twigs about 15 inches long and about ¼ inch around
- Dried or Silk Fall Leaves
- Artificial Berries
- Floral Wire
Bind the twigs together loosely using floral wire. Spread the out a little so that it looks more like a random bundle than a neat little stack of sticks. Add the leaves, a little at a time until you like the effect. Add the berries next. Secure all of this with more wire. Wrap the center of the arrangement with the ribbon and you’re done.
Don’t think you can do it? Well then go with my first suggestion or go with a simple bouquet out of your own garden by placing a few apples on a plate of autumn leaves. A simple but beautiful centerpiece that might even get you a compliment or two. If not, have the pizza delivery guy on speed dial and don’t expect an invitation to the next family reunion.
Dana Michelle Burnett
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