Enoy autumn's bounty with a vase from the garden. Whether harvested yourself or purchased from the grocery store, a butternut squash adds a unique twist to your centerpiece.
To start, select an unblemished butternut squash that's not too ripe. Try to find one that will stand upright. If you can't, use a knife to cut a thin slice off the bottom to even it out.
Cut off the top of the squash about 2 inches below the stem. If the squash's interior is solid in this area, use your knife to remove the flesh to reach the seed-filled interior.
With a small spoon or melon baller, hollow out the squash, removing seeds, membranes and any excess flesh. Leave about a 3/4-inch thickness of flesh around the entire shell.
Now your vase is ready for flowers. First, fill it with water and place it on a saucer to protect the surface of your table. Then create an arrangement with your favorite blooms or ones that coordinate with your table linens and dinnerware.
Once your centerpiece is complete, simply place it on your table and enjoy the inviting color it brings.
In this Story
- Fall Decorations and Table Toppers
- Forget the Crystal…Make a Squash Vase
- Orange Garnishes