3 Centerpieces You Can Make With Food

Nature-made table decorations that are truly unique.

By Molly O'Neill from Reader's Digest | November 2005

Sure, you can use flowers or candles as a holiday centerpiece, but why not try something unique? Since Thanksgiving is all about eating, try decorating with food. Ideas from the experts:

James Brookens. Brookens, the owner of Baker-Wooley Interiors, in New York City and upstate New York, likes to build trees using a Styrofoam cone and attaching an assortment of apples, pears and figs to it with toothpicks. Hint: Use underripe fruit for easy attachment.

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Leah Hazzard. Hazzard, the owner of LushLife Design in Birmingham, Alabama, likes to experiment with more than just flowers — broccoli, dried fruit, eucalyptus, persimmons and fresh wheat grass arranged in a flat container. Buy the grass at a health food store, or if you’re feeling adventurous, plant your own rye grass — it’ll come up in three days. Another idea: Use colorful cored apples to mount taper candles or votives.

Nancy Brown. Brown is an award-winning floral designer in Tucson, Arizona. She advises arranging prickly pear, fresh sweet peppers, jicama, fresh rosemary, papaya, pineapple (a symbol of hospitality) and fresh cilantro in a basket. (For a long table, make three arrangements.) Afterward, use the ingredients to make salad, salsa, soup or fruit salad.