Fill a jar or two with seasonal flowers picked up at a local market or grocery store (or even pick some dried hydrangeas from your own yard.) Mix those with pumpkins and season fruits, like apples and pears, to make simple, but pretty table decorations.
Sarah Fishburne, Director of Trend and Design at The Home Deport recommends threading your signature color, throughout your home, either in big way, by painting an entire room, or using it as a subtle accent, like a candy dish or vase. For example, this dramatic dining room is painted a pearly violet, the homeowner's favorite hue.
Designer: ID Creations; Theme: Every Day in the Hamptons is a Holiday; What we love: The many hues of white, from bright white drapery to pearly white console table. "I chose a serene neutral palette and highlighted the space with interesting artwork and eclectic accessories that represent my many travels throughout Europe and South America," says designer Iris Dankner.
When arranging produce, alternate colors, textures and sizes to create a display that looks as delicious as it tastes. In this centerpiece, artichokes, grapes and plumcots are arranged around a large bosc pear. Try to find produce that is unique and seasonal, although it's OK to mix in some imported, out-of-season fruit as well!
Stack one cake plate or pedestal on top of another to create height at the center of the table. If you don't have a pedestal, stack a plate on top of an upside-down bowl, making sure it is stable. Arrange fruit, like grapes in bunches, along with nuts, small apples, pears and artichokes on the stacked plates.
For added interest, mix fall fruits and vegetables with traditional flowers for a florist-worthy centerpiece. Persimmons, pears, apples and grapes are fruits to consider; squash, artichokes, asparagus and winter cabbage are good vegetable choices. Skewered with picks, the produce should look fresh in the arrangement as long as the flowers — about a week.
Instead of going to the pumpkin patch, head to the grocery store and see what produce inspires you. Small acorn and pattypan squash have almost the same shape as pumpkins, making them appropriate for an arrangement like this. Keep your options open. Figs, mini apples and pears, grapes and artichokes can all be used for decoration (and eaten later!).
English Rose 'Lady Emma Hamilton'
Color: dark red buds with dashes of orange. Fully open flowers are tangerine orange on petal insides, with yellow orange on the outside. Leaves very dark bronzy green that evolves to dark green at maturity.
Flower: double/full bloom
Fragrance: strong delicious fruity fragrance with hints of pear, grape and citrus.
Shrub size: 4 ft tall x 3 ft wide
RHS "Award of Garden Merit"
Everyone loves a cocktail (or mocktail), and choosing one signature drink makes life easier for the hostess. Consider a crisp and refreshing pomegranate cocktail made with cold champagne and a splash of pomegranate juice. Or set out ingredients and let guests experiment with apple, pear, grape or even pineapple juice. Plan on at least three drinks per guest as most will alternate between wine, cocktails and water throughout the evening.
To apply fairy princess makeup, begin with a pearly eye shadow. Then add pink blush on the cheeks. Next, apply self-adhesive glittering jewels on forehead like a princess' tiara, and then apply additional jewels under eyebrows, on cheekbones or anywhere you like. Tip: You can find self-adhesive jewels in the scrapbooking section of your local craft store. Make sure your child doesn't have any adhesive allergies before continuing with this step. Keeping away from the sensitive eye area, dab face lotion on the cheeks and surrounding the jewel tiara on forehead. Have model close her eyes then apply cosmetic glitter where lotion was applied. Paint lips with a sparkly pink lipstick or tinted lip-gloss. Finish the look with a fairy princess costume.
Of course, apple pie is the go-to dessert everyone knows and loves. Whether you’re serving deep dish, double crust, lattice-top or Dutch crumb, it’s tough to beat this American classic. This year, up your pie game by trying some new twists on a family favorite. Marry apple with other tasty ingredients to deliver a whole new crowd pleaser. Good apple combinations include cranberry, raisin, raspberry, dates and pear. Toss nuts into the filling, or switch up spices, swapping cinnamon for Chinese five-spice. Trade pastry for a ginger snap or cinnamon graham cracker crust. You can freeze unbaked apple pies for a quick dessert that’s equally cozy and impressive. Or save your freezer space by making home-canned apple pie filling. It comes together in a snap with a boiling water bath and turns out wonderful fresh-tasting pies for the holidays and beyond.