During cornucopia season, a.k.a. this very time of year, it's tempting to think "Centerpiece!" as you decorate pumpkins and pass by stems of pussy willow at the grocery. But the reality of most dinner parties—and arguably the best dinner parties—is that they're more casual than highly-produced affairs. Food will be crowding the table, friends will be crowding the room, and the decorations will not (and should not) take you all day and all night to shop for and arrange.
For your next get-together this season, an idea: Small bundles of dried fall leaves are autumnal aplenty and feel like whimsical little gifts at every guest's seat. You can forage for them on your way home from work (or instead of sweeping off the stoop) and tie them with a bow just ten minutes before the party starts. Table, set.
What's your favorite way to decorate for fall? Tell us in the comments!
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