How to Make Fall Centerpieces, Table Toppers and Citrus Garnishes
Bring the beauty of fall indoors and make dining special. Whether it's a citrusy garnish, autumn-inspired place setting or a harvest-fresh vase, table toppers like these take just minutes. Best of all, each idea is easy and inexpensive, too.
Place Settings Leaf a Good Impression
It's a breeze to bring a splash of color to your table with colorful leaves. Dinner plates wreathed in fall foliage and place markers made from single leaves make distinctive accompaniments to a fall menu featuring Creamy Wild Rice Soup, Chicken with Mushroom Sauce, Lemon Broccoli and Pumpkin Orange Cake.
First, gather some brilliant red, orange and gold leaves from your backyard. Leaves that have just fallen and have not had time to curl and dry will work best. Or buy silk leaves at a craft store like we did.
To create place markers, write the name of each guest on a leaf. We used a silver metallic marker on a silk leaf. Then place the markers on top of the plates or tuck them into raffia tied around each cloth napkin.
For each place setting, arrange the leaves on your table in a circle with the stems inward. Make the circle large enough so the leaves will peek out from beneath the dinner plate, but small enough so the plate will hold them in place. As you complete each circle, set a plate on it, rearranging the leaves if needed.
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