One page caught my eye with its title and explanation:
"The way your table looks is just as important as the way the meal tastes. So set a pretty table, have a pretty centerpiece. It's worth the extra minute or two."
When I read that paragraph, I cringed a bit inside. IF I have a centerpiece at all, it's the one that sits on the table, day after day, collecting dust. It never occurred to me to change it up a bit, except for special occasions. I wanted to share some of the suggestions. I plan to change out my centerpiece a bit more often because it's "just as important as the way the meal tastes!"
Row on Row: Arrange long narrow rows of green or autumn leaves. Top with tangerines, green grapes, nuts, etc.
Potted Plant: Set plant on brass tray. Group oranges and green grapes around it.
Basket: Set basket on its side, with apples, cranberries, or other fruit (or vegetables--see pic above) tumbling out.
Pansies: Arrange pansies in several individual casseroles.
Garnet Roses: Arrange roses in champagne or other goblets, teacups, or egg cups.
For Small Fry: Fill basket with green leaves; insert large lollipops.
Pie in Center: Surround pie on tray with green or autumn leaves. Nestle cheese wedges or cheese pumpkins among leaves.
Candles: Use silver, glass, brass, or pewter candlesticks, with white, ivory, or colored candles. Be sure candle flame is above eye level.